2015 saw the impact investing sector take some crucial steps toward the mainstream - and 2016 seems likely to build upon that momentum. We spoke with ImpactAssets' Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director Fran Seegull about this evolution and how it could play out in the year ahead.
"All of us are living at an extraordinary time, when the world is making the final move away from being organized around repetition, to being organized around change." That's the view of social enterprise pioneer Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka. He describes this vision and its vast implications in this video interview, recorded at the SOCAP15 conference.
The Impact of Tech: Sandhya Hegde of Khosla Impact Fund discusses how high-tech solutions can transform lives at the BoP
Khosla Impact Fund is an early stage equity fund that focuses on tech startups that help improve the standard of living at the BoP around the world, with a particular focus on India and East and West Africa. In this interview, recorded at the recent SOCAP15 conference, general partner Sandhya Hegde discusses the sectors and social issues that lend themselves to tech solutions, how Khosla works to help grow the ecosystem for their investees, and other issues related to the impact of tech on the developing world.
When It Doesn’t Make Sense NOT to Invest: Tyler Norris of Kaiser Permanente on healthy communities and creating change
Tyler Norris, vice president of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, has spent more than three decades promoting better health, working in the public, private, nonprofit and civic sectors. A lot of his ideas are framed around the concept that healthy communities lead to healthy people and, therefore, community health should be a big part of impact investing.
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.
Watch the Replay of our Google Hangout with Clara Miller: We spoke with the F.B. Heron Foundation president in a live Q&A on Sept. 30
In June, the F.B. Heron Foundation announced that it was moving 100 percent of its assets into impact investments, aiming to complete the process by the end of 2017. On September 30, the foundation's president Clara Miller joined NextBillion for a live Google Hangout. We discussed Heron’s bold move – and the lessons it has learned from its efforts to align its capital with its mission. You can view the replay in this post.
Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An interview with Agora Partnerships’ CEO Ben Powell
As Ben Powell, its founder and CEO puts it, Agora Partnerships "accelerates entrepreneurs that are solving social and environmental problems in Latin America." Powell describes the process – including some surprising challenges most entrepreneurs face – and discusses emerging trends in social business and investing in this video interview.
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.