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LiveStories raises $10 million to democratize civic data

New Power New content and visualization startups are trying to make data more accessible and prominent in storytelling LiveStories at the 2017 WPHA Conference Call it a “fake news” counter-movement. A raft of content and visualization startups are trying to make data more accessible and prominent in storytelling. Seattle-based LiveStories, launched in 2013, has raised

#ShareYourData, cities take leadership, growth market fintech, rural renewables

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: #ShareYourData Putting impact investments on the map. Jean Case issued a “clarion call” to impact investors and entrepreneurs to #ShareYourData about financing, returns and impact. “It is your early activity and data — made transparent — that will propel the drive to the mainstream,” she writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The CEO of

The surprising list of countries that are proving the pessimists wrong

Economic growth is an outcome of social progress and not the other way around. That simple and powerful premise is at the core of the Social Progress Index, a five-year-old effort to monitor how countries around the world measure up in meeting basic human needs, ensuring the foundations of well-being and promoting personal freedom, tolerance

A one-stop shop for best practices in impact measurement

The authors of a new report reviewed 257 publications (!) and interviewed 17 firms to put together a guide of current practices in impact due diligence, monitoring and reporting. Stages of Impact Measurement l Source: So and Staskevicius, “Measuring the ‘Impact’ in Impact Investing,” 2015. Researchers from the impact management firm, SVT Group, and the

How do we measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals?

We’re two years into the 15-year Sustainable Development Goals — with a long way to go. Trillions of dollars are needed annually to achieve the 17 wide-reaching goals by 2030. And with hundreds of governments and organizations involved in capturing and reporting data in different ways, how will we know whether we’re making progress? Take Goal №6:

Aspiration app helps consumers track the impact of their spending choices

Online bank Aspiration has launched a new app that quantifies the social and environmental effects of shoppers’ purchases. The goal is to empower U.S. consumers, who spend $36 billion every day, to base decisions on companies’ track records on employee wages, commitment to renewable energy and other factors. Aspiration’s app analyzes more than 75,000 data points