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Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Ben Thornley

One of the interesting and important recent developments in wealth management has been the emergence of a group of clients that seek to deliver measurable positive social or environmental benefits with every dollar they put to work.

Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Jed Emerson Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped. Knowledge of what does and does...

Skoll World Forum Gets Real On Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

But who will pay? Building these skills is neither easy nor cheap. And investors are certainly not lining up to lose money (despite the tremendous social impacts on offer), let alone to "get real", in West's words, and take significant risks with large sums rather than drip-feeding capital through smaller, short-term investments, and at a distance.

The Pioneering Impact Investor

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Impact investing is not for the faint of heart. The practice is unconventional and unpredictable. It requires key actors to step outside their comfort zones, in underdeveloped markets.

Six Dynamics Describe How Impact Investing Is Unique

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

As dozens of new impact investing funds are created explicitly to tackle the world's most intractable social and environmental problems, including over 60 globally in 2011, best practices that lead to impact investing performance are more needed than ever.