On the Impact Frontier: Leaders Who Are Shaping Market Systems

In Bangladesh, a thousand families still weep for loved ones who perished in April when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed.  Who is to blame? Is it the factory owner who was trying to keep costs down to prevent the business from moving elsewhere? Is it western consumers who want to buy cheap clothes? Is

As Delaware Goes, So Goes the Nation?

Update: Gov. Jack Markell signed Delaware’s “public benefit” corporation legislation into law on July 17, enabling the creation in the nation’s corporate capital of socially conscious for-profit corporations committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner. The law requires directors of public benefit corporations to balance the interests of stockholders with those affected by

Reinvent Finance: Video Roundtable

A financial inversion is underway with profound implications for people and the planet. Capital, usually treated as scarce, is abundant. Natural resources, long considered abundant, are increasingly scarce. Global mega-trends are driving a transformation of finance, opening potentially huge opportunities for profits and progress. ImpactAlpha convened an online roundtable of leading impact investment practitioners to advance the

Overcoming the ‘Original Sin’ of Impact Investing: New Approaches to Liquidity

(Editor’s note: Some of impact investing’s most intriguing innovations in term sheets and financing structures are coming from Village Capital, a seed-stage impact fund and accelerator that has supported more than 300 entrepreneurs worldwide. Ross Baird is Vilcap’s executive director. Reposted with permission.) Last week, my friend Paul Hudnut posted a follow-up from a conversation

#gpf13: Facts and Fictions of Impact Investing

(Editor’s note: I had the privilege of moderating a plenary panel at last week’s Global Philanthropy Forum with Matt Bannick of Omidyar Network, Maya Chorengel of Elevar Equity and Sasha Dichter of Acumen. Sasha provided this good summary of the themes. Reposted with permission.) The panel was an opportunity for all of us to dig

Triple Bottom Line Investing’s Prodigal Son Returns

Robert Rubinstein, a native New Yorker, is bringing his 15-year-old conference on “triple bottom-line” investing to Wall Street for the first time. “For a long time, I was reluctant to do it in the U.S.,” says Rubinstein, 61 years old, who has made his home in Amsterdam for most of the last 40 years. “Whenever

Dancing to a Disruptive Beat

If delegates have a drink for every time they hear variations on the word “disruption” at this week’s Skoll World Forum, they’ll be quite intoxicated. Indeed, many of them are — at least with their own disruptiveness. Disruption, which used to mean a trip to the principal’s office, is the coin of the realm at