Live from Oxford: Video from the Skoll World Forum

I’ve been working with our friends from Pioneers Post to cover the Skoll World Forum, the annual gathering of social entrepreneurs and innovators in Oxford. Today I talked about “disruption” with the Washington Post’s Matt Miller, got the scoop on which countries scored well (and poorly) on the new Social Progress Index and found out

Beyond GDP: New Social Progress Index Tracks Well-Being

Economic growth doesn’t necessarily lead to social progress, but social progress appears to be a powerful driver of economic prosperity. Those are among the early findings of the new Social Progress Index, a new measure of human wellbeing in which the U.S. comes in only sixth, while Sweden and the United Kingdom are ranked first

Scouting a Path to an Impact Investing Career

(Editor’s Note: Both local and global talent is sorely needed to help the enterprising poor build businesses for scalable and sustainable poverty alleviation in capital-weak areas around the world. Since 2011, Frontier Market Scouts has prepared a new generation of business and development leaders for six-month assignments with such social enterprises. This is the first

Civic Accelerator Bridges For-Profit / Non-Profit Divide

The new accelerator for social ventures launched by Points of Light and Village Capital bills itself as the first such national boot camp focused on social mobilization and civic engagement. The Civic Accelerator may also be the only such venture fund that invests in both non-profit and for-profit companies. The two ventures selected for $50,000

SJF Ventures Raises Fund III on Record of Successful Exits

SJF Ventures, one of the earliest private equity impact investors, is poised to wrap up fundraising for its $75 million third fund this month, pointing to the appeal of impact funds with strong track records and a history of successful exits. Managing director and co-founder David Kirkpatrick said the Durham, N.C., firm has raised $56

Markets for Good: Put Your Data Where Your Mouth Is (2)

Closing the Deal It’s one thing to advocate for greater transparency to accelerate the marketplace for private investments that deliver positive social and environmental impact along with financial returns. It’s another thing to make it happen. As we explored the terrain of impact investing for Impact IQ, the startup media platform I founded last year,

Markets for Good: Put Your Data Where Your Mouth Is (1)

Open Data to Fuel Impact Investing I’m an old-school journalist steeped in the timeless wisdom: follow the money. So when I assigned myself in 2012 to cover impact investing, I wanted to know who was making bets on what, and how they were working out. To my surprise, there was no daily, weekly or even