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Billion-Dollar Babies: Can big private-equity funds point the way to impact-driven growth?

It’s not easy to put a billion dollars to work for impact. So ImpactAlpha is taking a look at where big private equity firms are placing their bets, starting with our own dealflow and other coverage. (To dig deeper, we invite you to join our Agents of Impact Call No. 2, today, Thursday June 28, at

Agents of Impact speak out: “Why I am a globalist”

  • Even as “globalist” became a political smear, a corps of activists, entrepreneurs, investors has been forging cross-border solutions on trade, migration and the flows of capital.
  • These Agents of Impact represent not an apology for exploitive globalization, but an alternative.

Action trumps politics on climate

One of the delicious tidbits to emerge from the infighting in the Trump administration is the codename Steve Bannon’s nationalists use to refer to the leader of the globalist wing, National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn: CTC, for “Carbon Tax Cohn.” The factions are expected to go at it today, in a White House meeting

Reframing Immigration: People on the Move are Assets, not Liabilities

The immediate outpouring of resistance against President Trump’s hastily drawn ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries was driven by moral, humanitarian and constitutional concerns. Some business leaders have already rejected Trump’s move, including Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has said the company is working on a

Green Slums: Adapting to Climate Change with Secure Land Tenure

Climate change is already hitting Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest slums. Built on waste lands along the Ngong River, muddy roads regularly flood with garbage. When the river bursts its banks, kids can’t get to school, sometimes for months. Climate experts predict more flooding in the decades ahead. Activists and researchers have a novel strategy

Trump is like the dog that caught the fire truck. Some ideas for what he does now.

It may be foolish to think that Donald Trump actually has solutions for addressing the wave of anger he rode into the White House. He’s spent decades stiffing contractors, outsourcing jobs and avoiding taxes. But if he’s looking for good ideas, let’s show him where to find some. There are at least a few areas where at
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