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  • Boca Raton, Florida - 1 Day
    Monday
    January 30
    2017

    Aligning Impact with Market Rate Returns

    A focal point for mobilizing meaningful money in Florida. Attracting investors, investment managers, foundation executives, government officials, students, high net worth individuals, service providers, and endowment and pension administrators (further referred to as “Impact Champions“), the workshop will lay the foundation for the local impact investing ecosystem. Future events will build on this one, culminating in a series of “do-tanks” in which billions of dollars will be reallocated to impact strategies.

    The day will consist of high-level networking, education, and empowerment. It is the Florida Impact Investing Initiative’s mission to convene and connect the community to cutting-edge financial information so the public can generate high financial returns while also creating a positive social or environmental return.

    Starting at 3PM, we will have panels will be on both the public and private capital markets. Reception to follow.

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  • Ann Arbor, MI - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    January 24
    2017

    Positive Links Speaker Series Impact At Scale: Fulfilling the Base of the Pyramid Promise

    While business can play an important role in addressing society’s grand challenges, enterprise leaders and their partners have yet to fully deliver on this promise. To fulfill these aspirations, we must challenge imbedded assumptions and provide business leaders with actionable strategies and tools for achieving impact at scale. Focusing on the base of the pyramid – which includes the four billion poorest people on this planet – Ted London will draw from his new book to present a roadmap for building sustainable, scalable businesses that generate positive impacts for companies and move us toward a more equitable and inclusive global society.

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  • London, UK - 1 Day
    Thursday
    January 19
    2017

    Digital Financial Services: Are We Realizing Their Full Potential

    Digital financial services are now being touted as the answer to financial inclusion. But there are growing concerns that DFS primarily focuses almost exclusively on payments – not least of all because the mobile network operators are leading the charge, and banks typically remain laggards.

    Having asked the poor to run the marathon out of poverty on one leg (microcredit), are we doing the same again by asking them to run the race with digital payments alone? We know that the poor need a range of financial services (savings, credit, insurance and payments) and thus real financial inclusion must necessarily provide all of these.

    So how do we move DFS beyond payments? And are we doing enough?

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  • San Francisco, CA - 1 Day
    Monday
    December 12
    2016

    Digital Finance in Asia: Reality and Potential

    Digital finance, including mobile banking and payments apps, is transforming banking throughout the world. In emerging markets in Asia, the impact of lower costs and improved access to financial products is already driving a dramatic growth in financial inclusion among a population with otherwise no access to traditional banking services. What are the challenges Asian governments and banks face in responding to the financial needs of citizens? What is the potential for digital solutions—including mobile and telecom technology—to address these needs? And what might be the economic impact of these solutions in emerging market economies in Asia?

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  • Stanford, CA - 1 Day
    Monday
    December 5
    2016

    Is Financial Inclusion Only An Emerging Markets, BoP Problem, Or Is It Also a Challenge for the Middle Class and in Developed Countries?

    Over two billion adults in the world (38% of all adults) are unbanked. Several more are underbanked and may have basic accounts but do not have access to credit or insurance services and not ‘financially healthy’. Anju will share her insights on the financially underserved (unbanked and underbanked) in emerging markets and developed world and possible solutions that are emerging in the digital age to help the financially underserved, in a commercially viable manner.

    RSVP Required

    For more information about the Silicon Valley-New Japan Project please visit: http://www.stanford-svnj.org/
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  • London, United Kingdom - 1 Day
    Monday
    December 5
    2016

    Beyond Savings: Towards Inclusive Growth

    Featuring short presentations from a series of speakers, this seminar will explore evidence-based solutions to the lack of capital and training that hinders women entrepreneurs in the developing world. It will consider three complementary efforts, each focused on a single aspect, but all necessary to achieving the ultimate goal: financial inclusion; the creation of sustainable jobs; and the development of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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  • Palm Springs, CA - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    November 30
    2016

    TEDMED 2016: What if?

    Tough-minded skeptics and visionary dreamers agree on one thing: if we are going to change our world for the better, we must first imagine new possibilities.

    As children, we’re encouraged to ask questions and dream big. But, as we become adults, our imagination is tamed by perceived practicality and social conformity. What if we let ourselves ask creative questions again? Where might our search for answers lead?

    TEDMED 2016 is about asking questions, the importance of conversation and dreaming big–it’s about imagining the possibilities that motivate progress in health and medicine. It can be summed up in two simple but powerful words: “What if?”

    Join us this November 30–December 2 in Palm Springs, CA, as we explore provocative and inspiring questions and discussions that drive us toward a healthier world.

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  • Des Moines, Iowa - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    October 25
    2016

    Drake to Host Free Lecture on Immigrants and Savings Groups

    The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University will host a free lecture this month titled “Getting Ahead with Almost Nothing: What Immigrant Communities Can Teach Us About Achieving the American Dream.”

    Jeffrey Ashe, a scholar and international microfinance expert, will deliver the lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Sussman Theater in the Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. The talk is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by The Solidarity Foundation, a non-profit which is based in Des Moines and operates savings groups in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Des Moines. These savings-based microfinance tools, designed by Ashe in the early 2000’s, provide vulnerable populations with safe and affordable ways to save and borrow money. 

    Ashe will discuss how immigrants are saving money in small groups using traditions brought with them from their home countries. Often excluded by banks, many immigrants take their financial future into their own hands through a network of informal financial systems. These systems thrive on individual discipline, group accountability, and mutual support, and they often create pathways to achieving the American dream. Ashe will address what immigrants can teach others about achieving the American dream, as well as how work in developing countries can build on these money management traditions.

     

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