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How one artist is changing India’s male-dominated culture, one cartoon at a time

Mumbai, India — Even in India’s most modern city, women must still navigate an oppressive set of taboos. The unwritten rules make them cautious of their movements and their attire, restrict their behavior and infect their thinking. Roshnee Desai’s visual art challenges those social norms. Her works — short films, cartoons and even the upholstery in a Mumbai taxicab — all

Making the scene at the (highly quotable) Forbes Impact launch party

A retired global bank CEO has come to be helpful. Conversations cluster in front of the requisite logo-covered background poster, ready for celebrity shots. A global foundation executive lauds ImpactAlpha as the go-to place for impact investing news. In front of the fully stocked bar at the back of the Forbes’ reception space on New

Forbes joins the impact investing parade with boldface-name reception

Sorry, it’s invite-only. The magazine’s event arm this week is gathering “the world’s most influential people — entrepreneurs, celebrities, family offices, athletes, investors, musicians, next-gen leaders and creators — to scale impact investing and influence culture.” Forbes will host an impact investing “summit”in June in New York. Forbes is the latest mainstream business publication (see also: The Economist) to

Global Partnerships backs online artisan marketplace Novica

Novica connects more than 19,000 artisans worldwide with international markets and provides no-interest microfinancing through Kiva. It has arranged nearly $81 million in payments to artisans (National Geographic is a partner). Now, impact investor Global Partnerships is providing $750,000 in financing through its Artisan Market Access initiative, which seeks to improve livelihoods for craftspeople who

Impact drives growth, artisan marketplaces, free-trade carbon, tapping the $12 trillion…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Investors discover that impact drives growth (just don’t call it impact investing). As an investment firm focused on college affordability and completion, University Ventures pays close attention to the impact of its investments on students. “Our portfolio companies are achieving growth because they achieve impact,” writes co-founder and managing partner

Bringing impact investors into the creative economy

Art and artists are increasingly seen as key to making real estate investments work, especially in once-marginalized neighborhoods. But any rebound can price long-time residents — and the artists — out of those same neighborhoods. Laura Callanan, founder of Upstart Co-Lab, gathered leaders who are addressing that challenge at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. In Chicago, for example,

Fences producer MACRO raises $150 million to diversify film

Impact investing has been called out for not supporting the arts. Here’s a counterexample: Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and Libra Foundation have invested in a $150 million round for MACRO, producer of the Oscar-nominated film, Fences. The media company develops programming that “authentically represents the multi-faceted spectrum of our communities,” says founder Charles King. The company