Weekly Roundup: Grading Super Bowl Ads, Teaching Social Entrepreneurship, Fact-Checking Global Health
Three commercials at this Sunday's Super Bowl 50 come from financial services providers focused on customers who can’t afford a ticket to the game. We grade the three ads in terms of how effectively they present the inclusive elements of these companies' brands, discuss a new school for social entrepreneurs, and explore a new fact-checking initiative for global health in this roundup.
There’s certainly a “sauce” that makes Aravind special, according to Dr. R.D. Ravindran, the organization's chairman and director of quality, but it’s not secret. It all boils down to a culture of respect, and Aravind isn't shy in talking about it.
Welcome to the New NextBillion: As we celebrate 10 years online, we unveil a comprehensively redesigned website
Emerging economies – and the businesses that serve them – have come a long way in the past decade. And so has NextBillion. Today represents another key step in our evolution, as we unveil a comprehensively redesigned website.
NexThought Monday: Four Steps to Unlock the Potential of Impact Investing: SOCAP15 conference highlights critical areas where the sector should focus
The excitement about the growing impact investing field was palpable at the recent SOCAP15 conference, as evidence accumulates that it is moving from the margins to the mainstream. But in spite of this momentum, the sector still has far to go to reach its full potential. Based on conversations and panel discussions at SOCAP15, here are four areas that impact investing should address.
Impact Investing Goes to School: What researchers have learned about the sector – and how much they still don’t know
Cathy Clark, the founder and director of the i3 initiative, has been working at the crossroads of academic research and impact investing for over two decades. We caught up with her at last week's SOCAP15 conference to discuss where the field is heading, how it's being impacted by the academic world, and how much researchers still don't understand.
With warplanes thundering overhead (seriously), the crowd at Thursday's SOCAP sessions conducted a stimulating and wide-ranging discussion of the many facets of social business and investing. But among the usual positivity was a distinct note of impatience. Our editors discuss what they saw and heard at yesterday's proceedings.
- Entrepreneurship, Events and Competitions, Financial Inclusion, Health Care, Impact Assessment
Needed: A ‘Facebook’ for Impact Investing: Why the sector needs to embrace failure – and also produce some inspiring successes
Impact investing has had some notable success stories, but no true breakout companies that – like Facebook – can inspire public attention and draw more entrepreneurs and investors to the sector. That's a problem, says Vox Capital director Daniel Izzo – as is the fear of failure, both financial and social, among investors. He discusses these challenges, and some possible solutions, in this video Q&A.
Needed: Naïve People with Stupid Ideas: An interview with Intellecap co-founder and director Vineet Rai
When Intellecap was founded in 2002, few people would have predicted that it would become a social business and investing powerhouse. According to co-founder and director Vineet Rai, the company’s early years were defined by failure. He discusses the lessons he learned from these failures (and subsequent successes), Intellecap’s unique model and future plans, and many other topics in this wide-ranging video Q&A.