In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact
Many of the industry's top bloggers use social media to inform their followers about a stock and its movement. Social media functions as a way for investors to become aware of a company's news before it becomes stale.
At the cutting edge of new social innovation financing are social impact bonds (SIBs), a potentially transformative idea. The deals transfer risk from the government to the private sector and generate new capital to invest in evidence-based interventions that would otherwise go unfunded.
We are excited about the increased interest in Impact Investing on the part of investors. But in order for this burgeoning sector to continue to be successful we need to ensure that we are working together to support the development of the entire ecosystem.
It is not easy to develop a working relationship between investors, nonprofits, and related government funding bodies, but there is potential here to create the kind of partnerships that are needed to make a difference.
The small and medium sector, our privateers, remain becalmed by the lack of bank finance and unable to join the battle. I am confident that it is safe to unleash them yet again, put some wind in their sails and reap the benefits.
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