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Reaching Your Potential Through Partnerships: Lessons Learned from SOCAP 2016

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 09.26.2016 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

The meeting of the minds at #SOCAP16 was pretty incredible. Plenaries included leaders from at Acumen, IDEO, Stanford, PayPal, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and many, many, MANY more.

SOCAP16: Changing the World Through Impact Investing

Jorge Newbery | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Globally-conscious investors, corporations, and innovators are convening in San Francisco this week to expand a community of change. SOCAP16 (Social Capital Markets) commences its annual conference today to continue a tradition of building "connections and conversations at the intersection of money and meaning."

The Passion of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 09.13.2016 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Social entrepreneurs have passion in spades, of course. They must -- as anyone who has summoned the energy to start a business can attest. However passion also shapes the work of many investors.

Are Green Conferences Getting Greener?

Lisa Curtis | Posted 12.10.2016 | Green
Lisa Curtis

As the climate talks in Paris come to a close it's worth thinking about the environmental costs of bring 22,000 people from around the world together ...

Innovations in Systems Thinking - 5 Things the World Can Learn From SOCAP15

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

The biggest challenges of our time do not require patchwork solutions, innovative smartphone apps, or miracle pills, instead they require systems-level innovations that can tackle the root cause of the world's most serious issues.

6 Conferences in Fall 2015 That Will Make You, Your Company, and Our World Better

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 09.10.2016 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

The ensuing conference season in Fall 2015 will be full of discussions, ideas, and networking for anyone interested in contributing to building a better world free of poverty.

If We Want Real Change, We Need to Step Outside Our Own Little Echo Chamber

John F. Ince | Posted 08.05.2016 | Technology
John F. Ince

A few years ago, while attending the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, the so called "Slow Money" conference was also taking place across the city - so I did a quick shuttle between the two.

Taking Measure of Impact Investing

Willa Seldon | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

While the definition of impact investing isn't completely settled, it typically refers to the placement of capital -- primarily private -- in enterprises with the explicit expectation of achieving both financial and social returns.

Millennials and Meaning

Martina Buchal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

We all know that we leave an imprint on the world through the decisions we make daily and these decisions are now getting the attention of major business players and government bodies as the economy and workplace change around us -- or more so perhaps, have to change to work with us.

Momentum Builds for 100 Percent Impact Investment Movement

Don Shaffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

When I first started working in impact investing, the field's challenges were foundational: refining the concept, finding suitable investments, figuring out how to measure impact, even determining what to call the concept.

SOCAP 2013 - Who Should Be in the Room?

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Hirsch

SOCAP can start the conversation. But what will make it impactful is carrying it forward into our diverse communities to have the ideas grow into ventures.

Impact Investing 2.0 -- What $3 Billion Tells Us About the Next $300 Billion

Cathy Clark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Cathy Clark

Impact Investing 2.0 has arrived. We have the lessons of those who have done this work successfully for years at our disposal. We should now focus on these emerging best practices and work to bring the field to scale.

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.

Joe Van Brussel

Global Impact Investors Build Emerging Industry Together | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Innovators from San Francisco to Sao Paolo are rethinking the roles of markets and philanthropy to address the world's most pressing problems -- and n...

Local Network Takes on Community Investing

Geri Stengel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Geri Stengel

So what can we expect from these local, community-investing gatherings and these innovative efforts to harness private-sector financing for important public initiatives?

Lucas Kavner

'Pay-For-Success' Model Seeks To Revolutionize Social Investing | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

Long before doctor and entrepreneur Paul Polak began trying to revolutionize social investing -- before he could even drive a car -- he was planting t...

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Conference Experience

Daniela Papi | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business
Daniela Papi

A conference in the Caribbean? Some people wouldn't care if it was for underwater basket weaving -- they'll be there! If you are signing up for a conference for a break from the stress of day to day of work, you might want to pick one where you think you can have some fun!

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.

In Speech And In Deed, Hillary Clinton Endorses Social Entrepreneurship

Auren Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Auren Kaplan

The arrival of a robust social capital market to the financial system could very well prove positively world-changing.

Show Me The Money, Year 3: How The Private Sector Can Help Save The World

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

It's the third annual SOCAP conference. And it's based on a world-changing idea: that the private sector can help us solve the social and environmental challenges we face.

Banks Giving: Now That's The Holiday Spirit!

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

How can a new breed of financial institution help bring our ailing world back to full health? How might we encourage the banks of today to start thinking like the banks of tomorrow?

Show Me the Money! Using Your Capital To Save The World At This Year's SOCAP Conference

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

What's up? It's the second annual SOCAP conference, the world's premiere social capital markets event (social capital investments incorporate three kinds of returns: financial, social, and environmental).