Integral Investing, according to Mariana Bozesan, is perhaps our best answer to the challenges we face. I am very happy to see this book published, and I hope that the investors’ community will adopt it as their new guideline.Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Honorary President of the Club of Rome
Mariana Bozesan addresses the most critical and important challenges of our time and gives solutions and answers. This book is a guide not only for investors to use their knowledge, experience, expertise, and money to bring about change but also for governments, corporations, and citizens the world over … Yes! ‘Transformation is feasible’Dr. h.c. Candace Johnson, Serial Satellite Investor & Entrepreneur, Founder of SES Astra; former President of the European Business Angel Network
A fascinating book. I can only hope it will be read by the many, not least policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors and financial operators…Mariana Bozesan presents a fascinating blue-print - built, among other things, on principles of ethics and, as well, on the careful selection of exponential technologies - for how to turn investing into a force for good…Mariana is extremely gifted. Her knowledge about finance is top-notch. The same goes for methodologies on how to enhance consciousness and help people find a meaning and purpose in life.”Dr. h.c. Anders Wijkman, member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, former member of the European Parliament and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP, Honorary President of the Club of Rome
When we published the Club of Rome report Limits to Growth in 1972, we had no clue about the crucial role of the financial sector. …Mariana has bridged that gap in a fascinating way, ...with the refinement of advanced integral impact investment, and giving those of us who were pioneers a promising story that reads as a novel, even a thriller.Dr. J. Wouter van Dieren, Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau, Recipient of the Rachel Carson Gold Medal (2006) and the Global Merit Award from the World Wildlife Fund (2012), and Member of the International Club of Rome
Integral Investing by Mariana Bozesan is the most comprehensive guide so far to steer capital toward ethical and profitable investing…Mariana’s investing philosophy goes far beyond current screening and social auditing models, and seeks moonshot technologies spearheaded by highly conscious, spiritually evolved, technologically competent, ethical global citizens.Dr. Hazel Henderson, Founder & CEO of Ethical Markets Media, and Honorary Member of the International Club of Rome
I admire Mariana Bozesan. Ever since she joined the Club of Rome, she has been an inspiration. She shares her know-how and experience with great clarity and courage. She secures investments with ethics and morals that are unparalleled in the world of finance. I highly recommend her Integral Investing to anyone concerned about putting their money where their mouth is.Prof. Dr. h.c. Gunter Pauli, Founder of Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (Zeri), Executive Member of the International Club of Rome, and Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science
On rare occasions a special book introduces vital new ideas to the public consciousness…Mariana Bozesan has recognized that the integral approach provides the ideal framework for achieving a clearer viewpoint on the relationships between AI and cognitive computing.Prof. Dr. Rodolfo A. Fiorini, Politecnico di Milano University, and member of the Executive Committee of the World Academy of Art and Science
Mariana’s […] integral approach to investing plays a vital role in helping to shift our economic system as a whole…Mariana is one of the few true courageous pioneers in the impact investment community, daring to move beyond conventional ‘sustainable finance’ thinking.John Fullerton, Founder of Capital Institute, Architect of Regenerative Economics, and Member of the International Club of Rome
About the Book
Today, early-stage investors and entrepreneurs find themselves in a dilemma in which they must choose between profit and impact; between traditional, for-profit-only models on the one hand, and multiple-bottom-line structures with a positive social or environmental impact on the other. At a time in which climate change, exponentially growing technologies, social polarization, and looming pandemics are calling into question humanity’s priorities, this Report to the Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science dissolves this dilemma by proposing a new investment paradigm, namely Integral Investing.
Integral Investing incorporates and transcends the best practices of both traditional venture capital and impact investing. It provides a seamless integration and shows how technological progress need not be our rival, but can instead be our ally in ensuring the prosperous society we all want. Drawing on her own investments and stellar track record since 1995, the author reveals the mechanism of Integral Investing. At the heart of it is a powerful, 360-degree de-risking tool called the Theta Model, which reveals how to make smart investment decisions based on the comprehensive integration of traditional due-diligence criteria, sustainability metrics, and assessments of the founders’ and team culture. But it doesn’t stop there.
In turn, this handbook demonstrates how to use human-centered AI to scale and digitalize the investment process. The goal here is to accelerate the use of exponential tech, capital, and consciousness leadership to transition to a sustainable global society: a process the author refers to as the Investment Turnaround. The 21 principles of Integral Investing, which she defines using Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, lead to her manifesto on how to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries by 2050 through early-stage investing and entrepreneurship.
Similar to the 15th century, when the Medicis inspired the Renaissance, today humanity is once again at a crucial turning point where pioneering public and private financiers, investors, entrepreneurs, and other committed individuals have the opportunity to leave behind the legacy of a prosperous society. This handbook provides a source of inspiration, and shows how self-actualization, a positive mindset, and a consciousness that is backed by a world-centric desire can become the driving force for solving the global grand challenges.
Meet the Author
Dr. Mariana Bozesan is best known as an integral investor and serial entrepreneur. She was named Europe’s Female Angel Investor of 2019 by BAND (German Business Angel Network) and BAE (Business Angels Europe), as well as Best European Early Stage Investor of the Year 2017 by EBAN (European Business Angels Network). In her work, she focuses on exponentially growing technologies with the intention to address climate change, unsafe AI, and other existential threats through the implementation of the UN SDGs within planetary boundaries by 2050.
Dr. Bozesan was awarded full membership in the international Club of Rome, where she co-authored the 2017 bestseller and Club of Rome report Come on: Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet. She is also a Fellow in the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and was National Advisory Board Member for the G8/G20 Social Impact Investment Task Force. Bozesan serves as a strategic advisor on safe AI as well as ethical and integral finance and sustainability to various organizations, businesses, and governmental as well as non-governmental bodies. She is also a futurist, published researcher and author, environmentalist, and human rights activist. As a prominent keynote speaker and an inspiring lecturer on the future of investing and entrepreneurship, she lectured at prestigious organizations including Stanford, Oxford, and INSEAD as well as the United Nations, TEDx and RIO+20. She has an outstanding track record as an integral investor by de-risking early early-stage investments in exponential technologies using the Theta Model, which she architected based on Ken Wilber’s integral theory. Her investment portfolio includes more than 40 successful investments to date and supports more than 38 humanitarian organizations worldwide.
Together with the co-presidents and other members of the Club of Rome, she launched the Investment Turnaround and was joined by numerous like-minded investors. As a serial entrepreneur, she is the founder of several organizations including AQAL Capital, a single-family office, and the AQAL Foundation, to name a few. Educated at Stanford University and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Dr. Bozesan earned an MSc (Dipl.-Inform.) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from KIT and a PhD in Psychology.
AQAL Capital is a Munich-based, exponential-tech holding company that performs direct and indirect investments across multiple stages of a company's investment needs, ranging from early stage to growth stages. We create successful and integrally sustainable (people, planet, prosperity) companies from the very beginning.
AQAL Foundation was founded with the intention to fulfill Brundtland's 1987 request for integral sustainability. The AQAL Foundation to develops the Integral Investing philosophy and the Theta Model and makes it available to all those who care about implementing the 6 Ps for the greater good.