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Civitas  –  the body of citizens who constitute a state, especially a city-state, commonwealth, or the like. citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.

Fidelis  –  faithful, loyal.

CivFi.com exists to help answer a need for greater discussion on the issues of financial sustainability and sustainable economic growth in the 21st century. The name, CIV FI, is an abbreviation of two phrases; (1) Civitas Fidelis expresses the value of faith in human fellowship and ability to meet societal challenges through peaceful progress; (2) Civic Finance expresses the need to bring together public and private wealth to advance innovation and spread prosperity. CivFi aspires to participate in the dialogue towards discovering and adopting new, optimal and sustainable models for financing civilization.

CIV FI is written by Edward Ring, currently a senior fellow with the Center for American Greatness. In recent years, from 2013 through 2016, he was a co-founder and served as the first president of the California Policy Center, where he still serves as a contributing editor. From 2007 through 2010, while working for AlwaysOn Media, Ring designed and launched their highly successful “GoingGreen” conferences, which drew clean technology entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. Ring was CFO, then CEO, for Upside Magazine in the 1990′s. He was CFO for VentureOne in 1998 when it was sold to Reuters. Ring was CFO for Play Industries in 1999-2000, the first company to develop and deploy technology for desktop digital video production and internet video broadcasting. In 2003, Ring was Director of Strategic Planning for Anuvu, one of the first companies to build a prototype fuel cell vehicle.

In 2000 Ring founded the online environmental magazine EcoWorld, which he published for nine years. Up until sale in 2009, EcoWorld was a respected international voice promoting free-market environmentalism, something that is needed now more than ever. In 1998, Ring was involved in the formation and served as a director for Trees Water & People, an NGO that supports reforesting throughout Central America.

Ring is a prolific writer on the topics of political reform and sustainable economic development. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, Die Zeit, Real Clear Politics, Politico, American Greatness, California Globe, City Journal, Zero Hedge, and other media outlets. In addition to selections archived on CivFi, Ring’s most recent work regularly appears on the websites American Greatness, the California Policy Center, California Globe, Fox & Hounds Daily, and Flash Report. Ring has an undergraduate degree in political philosophy from UC Davis, and an MBA in finance from USC.

Edward Ring is available to speak to your organization on topics of political reform and sustainable economic development. Examples of his radio interviews can be listened to here. He can be reached at ed[@]edwardring.com.

American Greatness Articles – at a glance

California Globe Articles – at a glance

California Policy Center Articles – at a glance

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