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The Brief’s Big Ten: Entrepreneurial revival, climate-risk reckoning, Cape Town’s Day Zero, PGGM’s…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Tell us about the revival underway in your city or town. The periodic awakenings in American history, often born out of cultural and economic stress, created new forms of inclusion and regeneration. Revivals brought people together across lines of class, race and gender, in cities and on farms, challenging elites and arousing

BlackRock podcast, Indie.vc’s burning unicorn, tablets vs. recidivism, journalism is impact

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment Podcast BlackRock to CEOs: Get a long-term purpose, stat! It was the letter read ‘round the world. The annual letter from BlackRock CEO Larry Fink sent corporate chieftains scurrying to their investor and public relations managers to find a purpose, and fast. The latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns

Pension funds demand climate risk disclosure, a New Orleans revival, Mark Cuban’s student debt…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original No Excuses: Pension funds tell companies to account for, disclose, and reduce carbon risk. It’s been easy for some corporations to reach for reasons not to act on climate change, or at least not to tell anybody what they’re doing. Not anymore. The “Investor Agenda” presented at the biannual

Humanity United’s anti-slavery fund, Philly entrepreneurship, social impact bond update

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Fighting human trafficking with investments in early-stage technology. Humanity United, part of the Omidyar Group, has raised a $23 million fund to address the use of slave labor, poor working conditions and other worker abuse that plague the networks that companies use to assemble products before they are shipped to consumers. As

Underestimated entrepreneurs, Tyson’s alt-meat play, Cape Town water, Dutch impact management

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The New Revivalists The VC taking cold calls from underestimated entrepreneurs. Arlan Hamilton created Backstage Capital in 2015 to address the implicit — or is it systemic? — bias that prevails in the venture capital industry. Less than one in 10 venture capital deals go to women, people of color, and LGBT founders. But where

The Brief’s Big Ten: American entrepreneurship, private capital for global development, farmer…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs was the talk of Davos. But the stunted nature of the conversation shows how far we still are from consensus that every company must “show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” as Fink declared. The reactions fell into three categories, according to Business Insider: “Larry’s

The New Revivalists, backing women-run businesses, SoftBank invests in a B Corp

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Introducing The New Revivalists The people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and America.A great entrepreneurial awakening is rolling across America. It may not show up yet in the statistics, which put the rate of new business starts at a 40-year low. But the entrepreneurial revival is clearly visible in cities and rural