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Funding the Big Society: Just How Important are Social Impact Investment Metrics

The UK Good Deals conference kicked off with more warnings than aspirations for the future of social impact investment.  A panel made up of banks and charitable trusts expressed the need for metrics and a new multiplicative understanding of a social asset class– all big asks that hinge on behavioural change. One of the most … Continued

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Employees Get Involved in Social Media at Nokia

by Cindy Mehallow When organizations use social media, it should be all about listening and having a two-way conversation.  That’s a radical departure from traditional corporate communications and marketing which rely primarily on talking to an audience, rather than engaging with them. That was the message I heard repeatedly at the Justmeans “Social Media, Technology … Continued

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Microfinance Participants Refuse to Pay Following a Series of Suicides

The biggest hurdle to microfinance sustainability might not be its financial viability, but social acceptance. In reaction to local regulation changes, thousands of micro-debt holders in India recently stopped making loan payments even though they have the money to pay. Microfiance, an industry with a history of overcoming criticism and obstacles in offering small loans … Continued

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Preventative Health Care: Does Medical Screening Play a Role in CSR?

Biophysical Corporation manages and markets biomarker-based tests for early detection of chronic disease. BusinessEarth talked to Biophysical’s CFO, Rich Martin, about the shift from treatment to preventative health care as well as the role companies can play in the well-being of their employees. Does prevention hold the key to America’s health crisis? If you’re like … Continued

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Bottom of the Pyramid: Throw Out the Cookie-Cutter Investment Approach

By Abby Callard, Beyond Profit So, you have an innovative business model that you think will improve the lives of millions of people living on less than US$2 a day? Next step: finding capital. Finding, and maintaining, capital is one of the most challenging aspects of running any new enterprise, and businesses operating in the … Continued

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Userful Offers Affordable, Green Computing for Schools Worldwide

Userful, a Canadian-based computer company, can perform a magic trick. It can turn one computer into ten. This sleight-of-hand has brought computers to more than 300,000 schools in 100 countries around the world, where computer access was previously impossible due to price and a lack of skilled personnel to maintain the systems. Userful’s multiple-seat application … Continued

Design Thinking for Social Innovation: A Conversation with IDEO’s Sally Madsen

by Jess Sand As the private sector beings to embrace the possibility that social innovation can lead to a robust bottom line, companies face the very real challenge of figuring out what these efforts might actually look like on the ground. Can a for-profit business truly adapt conventional operational approaches to build a more just … Continued

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Global poverty: The View From the Anthills of Persuguié

By Bill Abrams I have a suggestion for the U.N. Next September, when the General Assembly begins its session, don’t meet in Manhattan. Instead, go to Persuguié, Mali. If you want to inspire the world to take dramatic and courageous action to cut global poverty in half, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aspire to … Continued

Can A Life Be Saved By a Solar Powered Suitcase? If it’s LifeGivingForce, Yes

It seems these days there are an increasing number of natural (and unnatural) disasters happening. You see images of stranded people, injured animals, and devastated environments. What about concrete solutions with life and usefulness after the cameras have gone home? LifeGivingForce is one of those. What it does is simple, yet incredibly important for so … Continued

SoCap Recap: Investing for Peace…Deploying Capital in Conflict Zones & Fragile States

There is an increasing realization that local entrepreneurs play major roles in rebuilding their countries after conflicts and in creating innovations that could prevent further violence. How can “risk capital” make an impact? How can we support local entrepreneurs and increase collaboration among sectors and regions?

SoCap Recap: Exploring the Future…Innovation in 21st Century International Development

The following is a panel summary from a session in the International Development track at SoCap10, the Social Capital Markets conference exploring the intersection of money and meaning. It is provided as both a record of the information disseminated at the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, … Continued

SoCap Recap: It Takes a Village…Innovation From the Ground Up

The following is a panel summary from a session in the International Development track at SoCap10, the Social Capital Markets conference exploring the intersection of money and meaning. It is provided as both a record of the information disseminated at the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, … Continued