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The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

Both the triumphs and the growing pains of "impact investing" were on display in Oxford, England last week. Impact investing goes beyond the passive tactic of limiting investments to, say, companies that are green or that don't produce guns.

My Journey

Pioneers for Change | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I guess my own journey from the dark side began when I left the City. I loved being a research analyst but once I drifted up into senior management (eventually as Head of Equities in Europe for Lehman Brothers), I became part of the world that I didn't find especially comfortable.

Economic Empowerment: Investing in Opportunity

Flynn Coleman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

From conversations I have had with people all around the world, what I have come to realize is that we all want the same things: something to believe in, health, prosperity, to belong, and opportunity.

A Spoonful of Perspective

Pioneers for Change | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

We have all been inspired by the core values instilled by our parents; if we work hard, we can achieve, but through engaging integrity, passion and compassion, we can also impact on the lives of others.

The NCAA Tournament And How To Talk Sports

Sanyin Siang | Posted 04.03.2015 | Sports
Sanyin Siang

I was not always sports literate and I'm not a sports stats person. But I fell in love with sports because of its power to develop people, the analogies to business challenges, the power for societal good, and its ability to bridge across divides, to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

A Very Different Type of Tour in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Have you ever felt that you are privileged? That you could "give" to others with your experience and utilize your network of contacts to help those living in developing countries? I thought so too, until I participated in the Accountability Lab's Social Impact Tour in the poorest country in South Asia.

Driving High-Impact Through More Strategic Partnerships

Steve Delfin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Steve Delfin

As an organization that sits at the nexus of employer-charity interactions, America's Charities sees how both employers and charities are struggling with this new reality as evidenced by our 2014 Snapshot Report.

How Penn Students Are Leading the New Wave of Social Impact and Entrepreneurship

Molly Wang | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Molly Wang

Social impact-related clubs and initiatives are popping up rapidly on campuses all over the world, and The University of Pennsylvania is one of the schools leading the charge.

Seven Must-Have Apps For Distributed Teams Doing Social Good

T.J. Cook | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Last week I spoke with someone whose house was buried in four feet of snow outside Boston. A day later I joined a group discussing our creative approach for a financial literacy program for kids.

A Glimpse Into the New World: The 2015 Wharton Social Impact Conference

Simon Rycraft | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Simon Rycraft

Our Social Impact Investing panel will include luminaries whose activities have powered the social impact engine by focusing on investments in this domain.

Better Investment In Social Impact Starts With These 4 Questions

Joseph Agoada | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

By taking into account all possible outcomes and consequences, including those unintended or indirect, social impact investments can be insured the greatest impact.

Books: A Journey of Self Discovery

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby. I was obsessed with books. Indeed, books were best friends I would spent countless hours with and draw inspiration and strength from. With a book you are never alone.

Authenticity. Leadership. Nairobi.

Martina Buchal | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

January 17th- January 24th, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya Feeling Notes: Warmth, heat of the red African sun, smell of fire, strength of women and the girl c...

Recognizing This Potential Demands Action

Pioneers for Change | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I never thought that I would work within education. If someone would have asked me 10 years ago about such a career choice, I am fairly convinced I would have said that is not for me.

In the Loop with Bill Tai: A Story About Extreme Impact!

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

Bill Tai is a genius who functions like an orchestra conductor. Able to weave together diverse people with a variety of strengths, bring out their greatest gifts. He has surrounded himself with gems.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

Making Wealth Worth More for Social Impact

Sal Giambanco | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Sal Giambanco

Making a lasting positive change in people's lives often comes down to making small, practical changes in their day-to-day routine.

European Union 2015 and Greek Elections: Would a Syriza Win Be Good for EU Integration?

John Sydney Hopkins | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
John Sydney Hopkins

Syriza's call for a "European debt conference" to renegotiate the current loan debt is certain to provoke policy conflict, but may also facilitate broader discussion which may, in the best case, benefit EU integration in resolving an untenable Greek debt situation.

Paradigm Shift in Global Giving: Philanthropy and Impact Investing

David Drake | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
David Drake

Philanthropy and impact investing are the backbones of crowdfunding. The internet and the online crowdfunding platforms on giving have magnified the ways and means to reach anyone from all over the world.

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

This misalignment reminds me of an inefficiency that Hollywood studios have found a way to correct. Studios will fund a project and for any number of reasons it might fall apart before it hits the big screen.

Social Good Organizations: Don't Be Fooled By Solutions That Don't Solve Problems

T.J. Cook | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Everyone loves coming up with solutions that make positive change in the world, but sometimes they are a mirage. You come up with a solution and drive toward it like a sparkling lake in the desert, only to find it evaporate as you close in on the actual problem that needs solving.

New Digital Storytelling Platform Helps Tell Stories for Social Good

Doug Hattaway | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Doug Hattaway

"Strategic storytelling" is a new notion: In order to help leaders achieve their goals, stories must be strategically designed to motivate and mobilize people. And the content of strategic stories must be compelling, in order to capture people's attention and imagination.

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.