Morgan Simon, the author of "Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change," lays out four simple steps to avoid what she terms the "ick factor." That's the unpleasant feeling that comes when your social values and financial investments aren't aligned – for instance, when your big-name bank is using your money to invest in things like private prisons and fossil fuels. Simon provides an overview of some strategies and socially responsible institutions that can let you earn attractive returns, while feeling good about the impact you're making with your money.
Do You Speak Social Finance? Helping Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors Overcome their Language Barrier
Social entrepreneurs and impact investors often speak different languages: Entrepreneurs are fluent in the dimension of impact, while investors are more focused on the bottom line. A new education platform called the Social Finance Academy strives to bridge this gap via free, online learning packages that enable investors and entrepreneurs to reach common ground. Christina Moehrle and Maxime Cheng of Roots of Impact explore the platform's early success and potential impact.
AVPN's recent annual conference, known as “Asia’s top social investment event,” attracted representatives from 32 countries, including 18 Asian ones, reflecting the reality that activity is taking off across the region, says John-Paul Hamilton of Dasra. And it seemed fitting that the conference centered on collaboration, which is more essential than ever to ensure a progressive and suitable continuum of funding.