Dreamer economics, big biz needs small biz, driving financial inclusion, Asia’s sustainable food…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #TalkingPoints: Dreamers How Dreamers boost the American economy. The Trump administration’s plan to cancel the program that allows about 800,000 U.S. immigrants who arrived as children to stay and work must have been about politics, because it sure wasn’t about economics. The economic case will become clearer in the six months before

Resilience in Provence, ICYMI, affordable housing and education, China’s solar boom

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original On holiday in Provence, a reflection on resilience. Our resident quiz-master, Jérôme Tagger, was in a contemplative mood as he crossed the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. Memories of his youth in France mixed with contemporary concerns about resilience and preparedness. The town flooded a quarter-century ago, just as

Women rising in Southeast Asia, impact IRAs, financing water infrastructure, smarter Singapore

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Closing the gender capital gap in Southeast Asia. Investing in women pays economic dividends. Yet seven in 10 women-led small and medium-sized enterprises in global growth markets are unserved or underserved by financial institutions. The annual financing gap of nearly $70 billion in East Asia and the Pacific alone is

Can business go high, South Africa’s independent media, globalization and social entrepreneurship…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original From ‘condemn and disband’ to ‘invest and transform.’ Was the mass resignation of the country’s top CEOs from the Trump Administration a momentary reflex? Or the catalyst for collective and purposeful social leadership from business on the grand challenges of our time? American CEOs took collective action to reject Trump’s

Globalization and the Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha is pleased to publish an excerpt from Jonathan Lewis’s lively and thoughtful new book, “The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur” (Red Press). Lewis, a life-long social justice activist and accomplished social entrepreneur, is a founder of the nonprofit MCE Social Capital, which leverages private capital to finance tiny business loans, mostly to women, throughout

Unnatural disasters, unshackled immigrants, rise of the global rest, self-taxing cars

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Unnatural disasters. The devastation from Hurricane Harvey again made clear that so-called natural disasters inflict disproportionate suffering on the poor and minorities. “Nature isn’t racist, nature doesn’t target the poor,” tweeted Tulane University’s Andy Horowitz, author of How to Sink New Orleans: Katrina’s History, America’s Tragedy. “If you see disparate

Useful impact data, lab-grown meat, Rise Fund’s under-30 challenge, Mexican impact bonds

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! We’re ba-a-ack. #Featured: Open Mic Impact Management: How the right data can drive performance for people and the planet. All investments have an impact. But what type of impact and how does it compare? Bridges Fund Management facilitated the Impact Management Project, a group of more than 700 impact practitioners backed by the