21st Century Investing

21st Century Investing: Redirecting Financial Strategies to Drive Systems Change

by William Burckart and Steve Lydenberg

Two experienced and visionary authors show how institutions and individuals can go beyond conventional and sustainable investing to address complex problems such as income inequality and climate change on a deep, systemic level.


TIIP develops tools for pursuing system-level investing, an advanced sustainable investing strategy for managing systemic risks and investing in solutions to systemic problems (e.g. climate change, income inequality, economic crises).


Grounded in our experience in sustainable and system-level investing, we offer pension funds, investment management firms, private foundations and endowments, government agencies and major industry associations advisor services on establishing and implementing impact and investment goals to tackle system-level issues.


A “one-stop-shop” for answers to fundamental questions about system-level investing and for our practical system-level investing implementation support and tools. SAIL is comprised of two unique components: a plug-and-play solution investors can use to chart their course to become a system-level investor and a community of practice aimed at driving broader industry transformation.


TIIP shares insights about system-level investing via presentations and speeches at industry events, through our publications and reports, and in blog posts and op-eds.


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With the support of the Surdna Foundation, this report was developed as part of TIIP’s broader response to its industry needs assessment conducted in 2021 and 2022, which made clear that while stakeholders are concerned about the systemic nature of social and environmental issues and their connection to investment, there remains a clear need for more information and evidence to foster an accessible path for institutional investors to adopt system-level investing.

“The case studies provide a snapshot into the global community of practice of investors bridging the gap between systemic issues and their investment decision (or portfolios) using a diversity of approaches,” said William Burckart, the CEO of TIIP and co-author of the book 21st Century Investing: Redirecting Financial Strategies to Drive Systems Change. “They demonstrate where the field is headed and present a path forward for other investors to learn from their peers and join the evolution of investment,” said Burckart