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21st Century Infrastructure as an Impact Investment Opportunity (Podcast)

The  water crisis in Flint, Michigan has focused attention on the United States’ crumbling water systems, not to mention roads, bridges and our energy-wasting electrical grid. In this episode of Returns on Investment, our lively regulars are talking about infrastructure. Wait! It’s more exciting than you may think.  Listen to the latest Returns on Investment podcasts.

Clara Miller: Steering a Course Toward Shared Prosperity (Podcast) The need for a new strategy for raising living standards for poor Americans was the catalyst for the F.B. Heron Foundation to go “all-in” for impact. The mid-sized foundation is in the process of aligning all of its $300 million in assets with its mission of helping people and communities help themselves out of poverty.

You Say You Want a Revolution…on Wall Street? (Podcast)

The Bolsheviks stormed St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace in 1917. A century later, a revolution seems to be coming to Wall Street. Listen to ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast: Revolution!? It’s not just Bernie Sanders, who is calling for a political revolution to overthrow the “rigged economy.” No less an establishment figure than Sir Ronald Cohen, known as

Cathy Clark: Bridging the Pioneer Gap Between Good Idea and Investable Deal (Podcast)

You’ve heard it from impact investors: there just aren’t enough investable deals. And you’ve heard it from impact entrepreneurs: where’s the capital we need to get our business off the ground? In this Returns on Investment podcast from ImpactAlpha, Cathy Clark, director of Duke University’s Case Initiative on Impact Investing (Case i3), says the key to bridging

The New Flame: How Sistema Biobolsa Helps Farmers Turn Waste Into Energy (Podcast)

Tech innovation is not enough. Sistema Biobolsa, a social enterprise working in Mexico and Latin America, developed biodigester technology that helps farmers turn animal manure into cooking fuel and high-quality fertilizer. That reduces smoke from open fires, increases farm yields, keeps waste out of water sources and reduces greenhouse gases. But those benefits were not

Whither Impact Investment in a Global Economic Slowdown? (podcast)

The new year started with the worst stock market performance ever. As January ends, rising interest rates, falling commodity prices, devalued currencies and the slowdown in China confront investors with multiple challenges that are not likely to disappear anytime soon. In that context, is impact investment a promising new approach, or a soon-to-be-forgotten afterthought? Listen to the

Suzanne Biegel: How Investing with a Gender Lens Can Create a Powerful Women Effect (podcast)

I caught up recently with Suzanne for ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast series. She explained there’s not a single gender lens, but rather multiple lenses. (Indeed, you can read more about them in ImpactAlpha’s Gender Lenses section.) Listen to ImpactAlpha’s interview with Suzanne Biegel in our Returns on Investment podcast. The first lens is women’s