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Billionaires Pool Their Assets and Resources to Scale Impact

Several billionaire philanthropists are experimenting with an arrangement to pool each other's resources and expertise to solve humanity's largest problems at scale. Up to $500 million has been raised by the collaborative, which notably includes foundations by Bill Gates, Buffett, Skoll and the Rockefellers

SOCAP turns 10

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SOCAP participants reflect that while sustainable and responsible investing has come a long way, paths forward remain long. Many acknowledge that the issues are systemic in origin and that creation of more solutions are needed to seed more change.

Betting on Women – Wharton’s Project Sage

More venture capital funds are leveraging the potential of women to drive a large untapped multi-trillion-dollar market, according to Wharton Social Impact Initiative's landmark gender lens study.

More Ethical Businesses are Valued More Highly, Study Says

Not only does the Boston Consulting Group's new study clearly show a positive link between a firm's responsible and sustainable practices and bottom-line, it also revealed EBITDA premiums. The findings come amidst a new another study by McKinsey that says ESG now accounts for 26% of professionally managed assets globally.

Chilean wind farms grab US$135M in investments

Renewable energy wind farmers in Chile won nine-figure funding to boost capitalization and construction of more wind energy infrastructure projects. The funding should increase the country's transformation to non-conventional renewable energies, currently around 18 percent of the country’s energy, 47 percent of which is represented by solar energy.

The Millennial Employment Gap: Three Lessons Learned Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

November 21, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Across Latin America, there are roughly 20 million young people who are neither studying nor working: the infamous ninis. Helping these young people find economic opportunities is one of the most important challenges facing Latin America’s economies and governments. Since businesses with five employees or fewer generate 60 percent of the region’s jobs, the creation […] The post The Millennial Employment Gap: Three Lessons Learned Supporting Young Entrepreneurs appeared first on NextBillion ... read more

The Innovative Hiring Mind-set for Scaling Social Change (Blog)

November 20, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

To scale their reach when qualified recruits are scarce, innovative Indian nonprofits are seeking out promising candidates from the fringe. ... read more

Everything you need to know about Cop23 UN climate talks

November 20, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

The US' split personality, a stronger China and all the technical outcomes of the 2017 Fiji-in-Bonn summit in one place, compiled by Carbon Brief The post Everything you need to know about Cop23 UN climate talks appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Former UN climate chief lobbies against $1bn loan to Australian coal train

November 20, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Christiana Figueres warns subsidising Adani's controversial Carmichael mega-mine would damage Australia's reputation abroad The post Former UN climate chief lobbies against $1bn loan to Australian coal train appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

November 20, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

The rich are 'renegotiating' the Paris climate deal by trying to limit access for middle income countries to climate finance, it has been claimed The post Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’ appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Four Bottom-up Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets

November 20, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on housing for the month of November. Imagine for a moment you are a resident of an informal urban settlement, a slum, or a smallholder farmer living in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or Latin America. […] The post Four Bottom-up Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets appeared fi ... read more

Connect and Collaborate: How Rank & File is Supporting ‘Shop for Good Sunday’ and Why You Should Too

November 20, 2017 |Source: Rank & File

  Did you know that Americans alone spend 1 trillion dollars during the holidays? Did you also know that 60% of all online sales during Cyber Weekend last year went... The post Connect and Collaborate: How Rank & File is Supporting ‘Shop for Good Sunday’ and Why You Should Too appeared first on Rank & File . ... read more

The Half-Truths That Have Sidetracked Girls’ Education (Blog)

November 17, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

We are still falling short on girls’ education globally. It’s time for a new approach. ... read more

Toilet To Tap: Solving the Global Water Crisis With Wastewater

November 17, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

Water scarcity is a problem felt around the world, with an estimated 663 million people lacking access to safe water. It is thought that half of the global population will reside in water-stressed areas by 2025. Several challenges stand in the way of ensuring that everyone has the right to safe and sufficient drinking water, […] The post Toilet To Tap: Solving the Global Water Crisis With Wastewater appeared first on NextBillion. ... read more

All Eyes on West Africa

November 15, 2017 |Source: Acumen

When Acumen first began investing in West Africa in 2011, we believed that many of the business models, products and services would translate from East Africa. Overcoming contextual differences, such as access to mobile money and a willingness to pay, was tougher than we thought especially when it came to the energy sector. That, however, […] The post All Eyes on West Africa appeared first on Acumen. ... read more

10 SSIR Articles on Climate Change Solutions (Blog)

November 15, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

A collection of our articles highlighting environmental issues and climate change innovation. ... read more

Everyone is an Investor: Digital Pathways to Creating Change

November 14, 2017 |Source: SOCAP

A SOCAP Guest Post by Sophie van de Kerkhof Megan Morrice attends many conferences and meetings about impact investing due to her work as client and partnership developer at HIP… ... read more

Acumen Hosts Industry Leaders at Energy Summit

November 13, 2017 |Source: Acumen

On October 4, Acumen held its second Energy Summit, bringing together more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors and key players to accelerate progress in the sector. Held in London, the event focused on the journey of early stage entrepreneurs, the voice of the customer they are serving, and how this unique mix of players can achieve […] The post Acumen Hosts Industry Leaders at Energy Summit appeared first on Acumen. ... read more

What You Missed at SOCAP17: A Roundup of Coverage on the 10th Anniversary Conference

November 9, 2017 |Source: SOCAP

To help you catch up on some of the great conversations that were part of SOCAP17, here is a roundup of reportage on the conference that was produced by reporters,… ... read more

Kirsten Nevill-Manning joins Acumen’s Board of Directors

November 7, 2017 |Source: Acumen

We’re pleased to announce Kirsten Nevill-Manning as the newest addition to Acumen’s Board of Directors. Kirsten is the Vice President of People Operations at Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), a community of millions of educators who connect to share, buy, and sell original educational resources. Kirsten has been a partner to Acumen for over seven years, […] The post Kirsten Nevill-Manning joins Acumen’s Board of Directors appeared first on Acumen. ... read more

The Importance of Regenerative Agriculture in a Warming World

November 7, 2017 |Source: SOCAP

  A SOCAP Guest Post by Harrison Pharamond We live in a warming world with a population expected to grow to well over 9 billion by 2050, approximately 2.2 billion… ... read more

Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship

October 23, 2017 |Source: Rank & File

Being a social venture startup is teaching me the importance of clarity. I know, it sounds basic and even cliche. But, many entrepreneurs lack clarity without even realizing it. Clarity... The post Leaning In and Letting Go: How to Practice Clarity for Fulfilling and Effective Entrepreneurship appeared first on Rank & File . ... read more

The Powerful Effects of Connecting With Your Ecosystem (AKA Talking to Other Humans)

October 16, 2017 |Source: Rank & File

I have gone through more aha moments and powerful mindset shifts in the last eight weeks than the last eight months combined. And, pieces of advice that I remember hearing... The post The Powerful Effects of Connecting With Your Ecosystem (AKA Talking to Other Humans) appeared first on Rank & File . ... read more

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Selected Events

Impact Symposium
November 30, 2017
New York
Organizer: High Water Women
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Female Founder Office Hours
November 30th, 2017
San Francisco
Organizer: Female Founder Org
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CFA Perf. Analysis/ESG
December 6, 2017
New York
Organizer: CFA New York
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ESG Impact Roadshows
December 5/9, 2017
SF,NY,CHI,BOS
Organizer: Mission Investors

Latest Jobs

Senior Investments Ofcr LatAm
Triodos
Apply by November 19, 2017
Netherlands
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Custom Research Analyst
ISS
Apply by November 28, 2017
Brussels
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Sr. Assoc. Carbon Solutions
Sustainalytics
Apply by December 1, 2017
Amsterdam or Toronto
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ESG Engagement Manager
WWF SG
Apply by December 7, 2017
Singapore

Selected Podcasts

She Kab in Pakistan (Nov 2017) – Tony Loyd chats with Hira Rizvi on how her commuting experiences in Pakistan inspired her to improve transportation options for women in the country.
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Live From SOCAP (Nov 2017) – Wharton Social Impact Directors Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt asks 8 SOCAP conference guests what has changed in impact investing in the last 10 years. Part 2 here.
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MiiR’s Promise (Oct 2017) – Tony Loyd chats with MiiR CEO Bryan Pape on how a skiing accident steered his life towards making a bigger difference.
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Good Life Project (Oct 2017) – Jonathan Fields chats with Jedidiah Jenkins on what motivated a bicycle adventure from Portland to South America and what he’s discovered along the way.
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SK Wealth Mgmt (Oct 2017) – Matt Neyland, CFA, chats with Abdur Nimieri, SVP at Northern Trust about how, despite persistent biases, ESG investing is growing.

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SOCAP turns 10

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