lunedì 15 agosto 2022

Stati Uniti
Lemonade, Hollywood and the Pope: The Ethical Fund That Fizzled

Actor Danny Devito, left, cardinal Peter Turkson, center, and Eric Harr at the Laudato Si Challenge Demo Day at the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Urbaniana University on Dec. 4, 2017 in Rome
(Will Louch and Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg - Financial Post)
The brief speech didn’t rank among Danny DeVito’s most memorable performances. -- Addressing the packed auditorium of Rome’s Pontifical Urban University in an untucked navy shirt, the actor delivered a bumbling introduction from a sheet before handing the microphone to Cardinal Peter Turkson, a leading figure in the Catholic Church and once a possible contender to be Pope. Towering over DeVito in the front row of the Aula Magna was a smiling Eric Harr. A well-connected Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Harr had organized the gathering near the Vatican on Dec. 4, 2017, to celebrate the work of a little-known but innovative impact investment firm called Laudato Si Challenge. Set up about a year earlier, Laudato Si — Italian for ‘praise be to you’ — promised to join celebrities and investment firms with religious and academic institutions to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, from climate change and poverty to refugee crises, all under the spiritual guidance of the Vatican.(...)