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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The project focused on the development of a framework for investors to measure their impacts and influence on systemic risks, through case studies of climate change, income inequality and racial inequity.

“Dating back to TIIP’s inaugural white paper in 2015, which included a call for impact measurement to bridge the gap between the portfolio and system levels, TIIP has been developing frameworks that help investors assess the impact of their actions in the context of system-level progress,” said William Burckart, CEO of TIIP and co-author of the book ‘21st Century Investing.’ “This project puzzles together the pieces of several of TIIP’s preceding measurement reports as well as a range of industry thought leadership to re-introduce pathways for system-level investing. We are eager the continue collaborating with industry leaders to provide practical guidance and streamlined tools to a breadth of investors.”