ImpactAlpha, November 26 – Big Issue, a London-based poverty alleviation organization, is partnering with asset managers Aberdeen Standard, Columbia Threadneedle, Alliance Beinstein and Alquity to develop an impact investing platform for everyday investors in the U.K. The platform, called The Big Exchange, aims to “make finance more inclusive,” by giving anyone with savings or a

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Featured: Impact Voices The Little Jed Book: Digging into the ‘why’ of impact investing. Jed Emerson rocked the SOCAP conference last year, challenging impact investors to go beyond the ‘how’ of putting capital to work for social purpose and to dig into the ‘why.’ (“I actually begin to cry when speaking about

A new report from the World Economic Forum touts the decentralized electronic ledger’s potential as a game changer for sustainable development finance, among about a half-dozen or so other applications for environmental challenges. The report hypes blockchain’s potential to “unlock and monetize value that is currently embedded (but unrealized) in environmental systems.” Yet only about

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Featured: The Impact Alpha Connecting the dots and charting the narrative, every week. David Bank kicked off the “new” ImpactAlpha back in April with a column that promised we would cover impact investing like the serious beat that it has become. Every day, we’ve tried to bring you the deals, the signals

The blockchain is hot. But without strong ethics, the technology could face the same backlash already rocking the tech world. To help integrate ethics into blockchain applications, the Beeck Center, a center for social-innovation at Georgetown University, has released Blockchain for Ethical Design Framework, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The group says blockchain developers can mitigate

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Featured: ImpactAlpha Original “Conventional” investors – like Blackrock – boost impact investing’s annual tally. The arrival of “conventional” investors has long been anticipated as a marker that impact investing had gone “mainstream.” Now they’re here. The Global Impact Investing Network found $228 billion in impact assets among 229 investors in this year’s

ImpactAlpha, June 5 – ConsenSys, the Brooklyn startup behind the Ethereum blockchain platform, and PeaceTech Lab convened in Washington, D.C. to debate the potential for blockchain applications to improve everything from delivery of refugee aid to supply chain transparency to media credential verification to impact reporting. Here’s the video stream. ImpactAlpha has come across a