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Matter Ventures Selects 12 Media-For-Good Startups

Smartfeed and Multimer Data are two of the 12 startups that have been selected by media-for-good accelerator Matter Ventures for its intensive five-month program.

Is Philanthropy Anti-Populist?

Recent years' populist surge may be creeping into philanthropy, and by extension into impact investing. "A more robust and honest debate on the subject needs to get going sooner rather than later," David Callahan, founder of Inside Philanthropy, says.

Impact Investing Deal Report – June 21, 2017

Julia's creator Julia Computing, and ride-hail services Grab and Ola were among this past week's notable deals, as well as big news of Whole Foods' acquisition by Amazon.

Carbon Tax Plan Announced by Big Oil

A consortium of oil companies and other firms have announced a "conservative climate" carbon tax plan that is being met with either applause or skepticism. Philanthropist Laurene Jobs and Michael Bloomberg are among the plan's backers.

Finding Talent A Bottleneck, Shortlist Founder Asserts

Finding great talent has now become a become a bottleneck in a space that is growing fast, argues Shortlist founder Paul Breloff.

17 Community Foundation Leaders’ Advice for Jeff Bezos (Blog)

June 29, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

Wealthy philanthropists can give help to those who need it most by investing in local foundations and their communities. ... read more

Stop Talking About Health Care, Start Talking About People (Blog)

June 28, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

If we want Americans to be healthy, we must change the conversation. ... read more

Saving Lives Through Partnership (Blog)

June 28, 2017 |Source: SSIR Articles

How a structured but adaptable collaboration model is mobilizing organizations to achieve a common goal. ... read more

T100: Insights from Impact Advisors & Consultants 2017

Source: On Impact

toniic.com - In this new report, T100: – Insights from Impact Advisors and Consultants 2017 , 37 impact advisors and consultants from 12 countries, partnering with 38 of Toniic’s 100% Impact Network members, op... ... read more

What Does 100% Impact Look Like? – Impact Engine – Medium

Source: On Impact

medium.com - Last month, Impact Engine hosted breakfast with Richard Muller of Toniic Network, a global action community for impact investors from over 22 countries. Muller shared results from the T100 Project,... ... read more

Skoll | 2017 Social Progress Index Reveals Actionable Insights for Decision Makers, Social Entrepreneurs, and Engaged Citizens

Source: On Impact

skoll.org - Today marks the release of the 2017 Social Progress Index, a tool that uses key indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity to measure the relative perf... ... read more

Energy Solutions Shouldn’t Just Tick Boxes, They Should Transform Communities

June 29, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

A recent research article concluded there was little evidence to suggest positive changes in socioeconomic development by introducing off-grid solar power in the form of a basic solar lighting plus mobile charging systems in un-electrified areas. At SELCO we concur with the findings but believe that some aspects of the related study’s methodology and analysis […] ... read more

Building Tools to Measure How, and How Much, Consumers Benefit from Financial Inclusion

June 28, 2017 |Source: NextBillion

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series by insight2impact (i2i) and also part of NextBillion’s focus on financial inclusion for the month of June.)  During my tenure as the director for financial inclusion at South Africa’s National Treasury, the discussions around financial inclusion often focused on seemingly straightforward questions: What is the state […] ... read more

Three Reasons Financial Health Matters – And Not Just for the Underserved

June 27, 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 financial inclusion for the month of June. If you’re a regular reader of NextBillion, you know the stat: More than half of Americans are struggling financially. But what can we […] ... read more

Green Climate Fund urged to embrace development links

June 29, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Adapting to the impacts of climate change goes hand-in-hand with wider development objectives for poor countries, NGOs tell UN flagship climate finance scheme The post Green Climate Fund urged to embrace development links appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Even Boeing-747 tanker jets can’t win our total war on fires

June 28, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

The more effectively we suppress fires, the worse they become. As climate change makes the world more combustible, we need a new approach The post Even Boeing-747 tanker jets can’t win our total war on fires appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Violence spreads ahead of election in drought-hit Kenya

June 28, 2017 |Source: Climate Home – climate change news

Politicians have been accused of stoking land conflict between farmers, herders and indigenous groups to win votes, while failing to address the root cause The post Violence spreads ahead of election in drought-hit Kenya appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. ... read more

Financial regulation after the crisis: still liberal, but…

June 29, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Oliver Denk, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, and Gabriel Gomes, OECD Economics Department In a report issued in June 2017, the Trump administration laid out its proposal for overhauling some of the regulations President Obama had enacted with a view to avoiding a financial market meltdown of the kind we saw in […] ... read more

Abolish modern slavery!

June 29, 2017 |Source: OECD Insights Blog

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 There are 45.8 million slaves in the world today according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, nearly four times the total number of Africans sold in the Americas during the four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade. Modern servitude goes under a variety of […] ... read more

Planning for Nonprofit Success: An Interview With David Grant

June 29, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

In this month’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with David Grant. David is the former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and past chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. He now consults nationally with nonprofits, foundations, and schools and is the author of The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting […] ... read more

This Summer, Create Some Mental Space

June 8, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

Well, summer is here and with it comes my usual desire to take a big breath. Particularly this year I’m feeling the need for some mental space. Over the past 6 months, we have all been working so hard amid a seemingly endless onslaught of challenging news and developments. And it doesn’t look like its going to slow […] ... read more

When Humor Overcomes Hate

June 6, 2017 |Source: Social Velocity

If the news (fake or otherwise) is getting you down lately, you need look no further than my fair city of Austin, Texas to restore your faith in humanity. Austin is a quirky mix of conservatives to the North and progressives to the South and somehow we all (for the most part) get along. Last week our […] ... read more

Shareholders described as more savvy on climate proposals

June 22, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Professionals say changes in wording of proposals can influence voting One of the trends to emerge from this year’s proxy season has been the growing success of climate change-based shareholder resolutions – and speakers on a KPMG webinar this week attributed that success in part to more effective phrasing.Environmentally conscious shareholders are learning how to catch the attention of large institutional investors by adapting the words used in the resolutions they file for AGMs, ac ... read more

Why German IROs are fielding more ESG questions

June 19, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

Audio interviews from DIRK’s annual conference  Gundolf Moritz of Mirnock Consulting explains why German companies are fielding more questions from investors about ESG issues. ... read more

UN PRI: Transparency holds the key to sustainable markets

June 14, 2017 |Source: Articles for topic 'Sustainability' on IR Magazine

There’s an information gap when it comes to ESG reporting Transparency is a key driver for creating sustainable capital markets and should form a core part of the business model of every player within the financial services sector, including stock exchanges. Global stock exchanges list more than $70 tn of market capitalization, ideally placing them to drive long-term value creation through improved market transparency.The United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE), launche ... read more


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Selected Events

Impact Investing in Emerging Markets
June 26, 2017
Oxford, UK
Organizer: The Palladium Group
GSG Impact Summit
July 10-11, 2017
Chicago, US
Organizer: GSG Impact
SOCAP 2017
October 10, 2017
San Francisco, CA USA
Organizer: SOCAP
The Oxford Social Finance Programme
November 6, 2017
Oxford, UK
Organizer: University of Oxford Saïd Business School
Source: The GIIN