Activity 1: What Is Investment?

Activity 1: What Is Investment?
Activity 1: What Is Investment?

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Write on newsprint and post:
    • For investment basics: the “Tutorials” page of or the “Investments” page of

Description of Activity

Invite participants to brainstorm a list of words that come to mind when they think of the word “investment.” Encourage them to think broadly and creatively. Then offer this definition:

An investment is a contribution of time, energy, or money in hopes of future benefit.


When have you invested in something in hopes of future benefit—for yourself, for society, or for the person or entity in which you made the investment?

Allow a few moments for participants to reflect. Then ask:

When have you made a financial investment? What was your goal? What did you learn in the process?

Again, allow a few moments for reflection.

Acknowledge that participants have varying degrees of familiarity with financial investment terminology and processes and that some may know little or nothing about the subject. Explain that the purpose of this workshop is not to provide investment education, but rather to explore the spiritual and ethical issues that surround investment. Call attention to the resources you have posted, saying that these are good places to find out more about how to invest.

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