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Visa Foundation’s Graham Macmillan doubles down on small and micro businesses – run by women (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, May 9 – A parade of philanthropic foundations will report this week on their journeys toward aligning their assets with their missions, as the biennial Mission Investors Exchange gets underway online. ImpactAlpha will check in on the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Heron Foundation and others that have been working for years

Career impact bonds transfer risk to investors as the future of work arrives (podcast) 

The future of work is here. With unemployment soaring and many jobs never coming back, long-forecast shifts in employment patterns that might have played out over a decade or more are snapping quickly into place. To adjust, millions of people in the U.S. and around the world will need retraining, certifications and other support to

A disruption big enough to drive private capital for public good – or not (podcast)

The COVID crisis has seen an outpouring of public capital for public good. And trillions of dollars in ‘stimulus,’ ‘bailouts,’ ‘liquidity’ and ‘easing’ represents public capital for private good. Investors (including some senators) are playing the volatile markets and pocketing the profits – that’s private capital for private good. Impact investing has posited the role

Amit Bouri: Impact investors are stepping up to the challenges of COVID – and capitalism (podcast)

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare issues of inequality that private investors – not just governments – must urgently address. In a podcast interview with ImpactAlpha, the Global Impact Investing Network’s Amit Bouri said the large and growing impact investing marketplace that has developed in the past decade cannot be considered a success if the

Institutional Shift: Calling the inflection point, and other trends to watch in 2020 (podcast)

The keyword of the year in climate action: scale. Pension funds and other large asset owners are putting pressure on their asset and fund managers to get on board the low carbon economy in a big way. “What’s materially different from the past is that almost everybody is realizing we have now hit inflection,” Equilibrium

‘ESG investing’ crosses the chasm from early adopter to early majority. So what? (podcast)

In the now-classic model of technology adoption, the most difficult step is expanding from aspirational visionaries to hard nosed pragmatists. Innovations that “cross the chasm” create a bandwagon effect and stand to become the new industry standard. Financial institutions certainly seem to be jumping on the bandwagon of environmental, social and governance, or ESG investing.