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Reimagining K-12 - Education Week

Reimagining K-12 - Education Week | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Education is treated as a wholly separate category from the rest of these topics, yet by its very nature education operates tangentially to each. What good is the economy without a learned population speaking a common language and operating at a high level? What good are human rights without a populace that knows the existing law and understands the cost/benefit analysis of change? How can we have a legitimate discussion about tax policy if the majority of Americans do not understand where cuts would be coming from and how they would affect their lives? How can we spark change in the financial sector if the average citizen does not understand loans, interest rates, and basic budgetary planning?

To be perfectly honest, I don't see how a speech writer could possibly construct a narrative of the health of a nation and not lead off with education. To assess how we are improving, we necessarily must first address how we are learning. The entire speech itself is simply a lecture from our Professor in Chief to his 300 million students/citizens, plus countless international viewers. It's the ultimate MOOC, really.

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The 2018 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by Sector: Social Good

The 2018 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by Sector: Social Good | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Our annual guide to the businesses that matter the most
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KKR joins impact investing push | PitchBook News

KKR joins impact investing push | PitchBook News | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
KKR has reportedly registered a global impact fund, which would be the firm's first vehicle dedicated to impact investing. Bain Capital and TPG Capital are among the other privat
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Sustainable Investing - Doing Well By Doing Good | UBS Together

Sustainable Investing - Doing Well By Doing Good | UBS Together | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Supporting a positive social or environmental impact, whilst achieving compelling financial returns, is at the heart of sustainable investing, as well as a cornerstone of our business. Find out how UBS is working towards socially responsible initiatives in order to develop a more sustainable world here.
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Goodwell raises €20 million feeder fund for African impact investing

The €20 million ($24.5 million) raised from private investors is the anchor investment for its €100 million uMunthu fund, launched last year to invest in high-impact companies in Africa. “We’ve found…
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Access to financing | Barclays Citizenship | Barclays

We will increase access to funding solutions for areas. We will also build an impact investing proposition and aim to grow our Green Bond Treasury portfolio
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How would an Impact Investment Portfolio look like if it was focused on Health instead of on…

Sustainable Development Goal №3: Good health and well being. “No amount of medicine, vaccines and biotech will cure a sick society with a sickening environment, but if we have a healthy society and a…
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When Blended Finance meets Impact Investing – OECD showcases managed MIFA-Fund

When Blended Finance meets Impact Investing – OECD showcases  managed MIFA-Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
On January 29, 2018 the OECD held a conference in Paris on “Private Finance for Sustainable Development”, highlighting the important role private finance plays in achieving the goals set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The conference brought together leading actors from policy and practice on Blended Finance, Social Impact …
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Watch For These 3 Corporate Social Impact Trends In 2018

Watch For These 3 Corporate Social Impact Trends In 2018 | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Top social impact agency professionals weigh in with predictions for brand purpose initiatives in 2018. Three of the trends focused on the importance of companies taking visible and strong stands on socio-political issues. But watch out! There are risks to taking a stand. Our experts share tips.
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Here come the ‘Do Wellers’

Here come the ‘Do Wellers’ | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the din of companies and brands shouting about the good they’re doing, ‘purposewash’ is overtaking ‘greenwash’ as the default accusation of corporate hypocrisy. 30 years ago, Chevron were one of the first accused of greenwash after a series of ads purporting to show their environmental stewardship commitment. ‘People Do’ showed employees protecting bears, butterflies, sea turtles and other cuddlies, but the campaign was attacked by environmentalists for glossing over the damage inflicted by Chevron operations on those creatures’ habitats.
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JPMorgan’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund expands to New York and San Francisco

In 2015, JPMorgan Chase made a $6.5 million commitment to Detroit’s financially underserved minority small business owners as part of a $150 million investment in the city. The bank nearly tripled…
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The End of a Debate? India Highlights the Dominance of For-Profit Capital in Impact Investing

The End of a Debate? India Highlights the Dominance of For-Profit Capital in Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Can impact investing be as profitable as mainstream investing – or does it work better as a nonprofit model, or as a less-profitable niche in the broader investing space? The evolution of the sector in India suggests that this long-running debate may be winding down, as a clear consensus emerges.
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Impact Investor Capria to Raise US$200m to Deploy in Emerging Markets

Impact Investor Capria to Raise US$200m to Deploy in Emerging Markets | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investing firm Capria aims to raise US$200m this year to deploy in emerging markets. Capria’s network of impact investment funds in LatAm includes Odiseo in Colombia, Performa Investimentos in…
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Voices: The UN's Achim Steiner on the SDGs as a Framework for Impact Investing

Voices: The UN's Achim Steiner on the SDGs as a Framework for Impact Investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
When Achim Steiner began his address at SOCAP17, he introduced himself as the son of farmers, a boy raised on a farm in Brazil who grew up to become the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In this role, Steiner heads an organization that works in 170 countries and territories with a mission to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. He also serves as chair of the United Nations Development Group, an organization that unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other organizations that are working together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Known worldwide as a passionate advocate for the SDGs, Steiner drew upon his personal knowledge of the local and the global challenges we face in his mainstage address at SOCAP17 to explain the true purpose, vision, and importance of the SDGs and to describe the ways they serve as a framework for investment in a better future for our planet
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A Landmark Moment for Pay for Success – Social Finance –

Earlier this month, Congress passed bipartisan legislation that has significant implications for the Pay for Success (PFS) movement. As part of the budget agreement, Congress has allocated nearly…
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More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver?

More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Connecticut has a social impact bond (SIB) to help the kids of opioid-addicted parents. Massachusetts uses the same financial mechanism to help immigrants assimilate to the U.S. workforce. In Rajasthan, India, a coalition of banks and foundations is funding the world’s first “healthcare development impact bond,” hoping to reduce infant mortality. Social impact bonds are not bonds in …
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Collaboration for Impact: A Conversation | Blog | BSR

Collaboration for Impact: A Conversation | Blog | BSR | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
This is the first in a series of interviews on how the private sector contributes to sustainable development through collaboration.
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Blog | HumanProgress.org

Blog | HumanProgress.org | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Private philanthropy can be used to help people escape generational cycles of poverty and welfare-dependency, and make their way in the free enterprise economy.
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Japan should utilise dormant bank accounts for 'impact investment', says GSG chief

Japan should utilise dormant bank accounts for 'impact investment', says GSG chief | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Laws covering Japanese utilization of dormant account funds for social causes were enacted in December 2016 and will come into effect by mid-2018.
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Small Data for Big Impact | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Small Data for Big Impact | Stanford Social Innovation Review | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Small data can transform opportunities and quality of life for underserved communities, and help address the biases of big data.
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Overheard at The Economist’s New York impact investing event

Overheard at The Economist’s New York impact investing event. Headliners at the magazine’s second annual gathering seemed to find their voice in rebutting stubborn assumptions.
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More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver?

More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
As the first wave of these pay-for-success contracts come to fruition, what can we learn about mixing government services and private-sector innovations?
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Four suns: ‘Impact rating’ issued for a publicly traded mutual fund

Impact investing’s march into the mainstream continues. This week, Community Capital Management’s CRA-Qualified Investment Fund became the first publicly-traded mutual fund to receive a third-party…
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In Latin America, what’s an impact investment? –

Earlier this week Magma Partners, a venture firm with offices in Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, announced the close of its second, $15 million fund, to back early-stage fintech and blockchain…
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Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream

Fit for the future: how ethical investing went mainstream | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Ethical and sustainable investing is no longer simply about ditching cigarettes or saving trees. Investors are increasingly concerned about better returns and lower risks, says Sarah Moore.
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Can You Afford To Risk Not Aligning Corporate And Social Purposes?

Can You Afford To Risk Not Aligning Corporate And Social Purposes? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
I encourage readers to think about what your business does and how you do it. What are your customer and/or community needs and how is your business uniquely positioned to meet those needs? What value do customers place on your products and services?
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