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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.

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.

Impact Investing: It's Time

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

We must ensure that, here at home, the urgency of the moment bolsters a unified vision and continuous legacy of policy innovation, creating pathways of opportunity for low-income people and places and making the American dream an achievable reality.

A Recipe for a Healthy Small Business

Kiva Zip | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Kendra Ott, Associate Director of Business Advising at Pacific Community Ventures, a Kiva Zip Trustee Entrepreneur Corey Rennell saw that a lot of...

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...

Closing in on the Crux of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

While some sectors are likely to mature beyond the point of subsidy, government is shaping up to be a more active participant in impact investing than ever. This presents opportunities for sure, but also risks.

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.

Piecing Together Impact Investing, $4 Billion at a Time

Ben Thornley | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Ben Thornley

Whatever the reason for growth in double bottom line funds, the important point is that we can now have the conversation, thanks to the data. And the data is grounded in the perfectly workable definition of impact investing that we already have at our disposal.