[Briefing] Building Community Wealth with Aisha Weeks
Host Monique Aiken has the headlines and David talks with Aisha Weeks of the Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth about narrowing the racial wealth gap by expanding access to home ownership.
December 09, 2022
[Briefing] How "ownership trusts" can help close the wealth gap with Zoe Schlag of Common Trust
Host Brian Walsh catches up with Common Trust’s Zoe Schlag, who is taking aim at U.S. wealth gaps by helping employees become owners – while enabling business owners to retire with purpose. Plus, the headlines.
December 02, 2022
Seth Bannon, Fifty Years: Taking big swings at the world’s biggest problems
Seth Bannon, Founding Partner at 50 Years Fifty Years, joins David Bank to talk about tech talent, academic research and how the crypto crash might be a net positive for climate action.
December 01, 2022
Toussaint Bailey, Uplifting Capital: Bringing ‘the quietly bothered’ into impact investing
Toussaint Bailey of Uplifting Capital joins David Bank from the VC Include conference in Berkeley. Uplifting Capital aims to broaden access to impact investors to high-net worth individuals and small foundations that are moving capital from public equities to private equities, but may not have an impact lens.
November 29, 2022
Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson on Include’s three drivers of inclusion alpha
David Bank chats with Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson, founder and CEO of VC Include and Include Ventures, at their recent conference in Berkeley. VC Include works to accelerate investment into women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ and other underrepresented fund managers — in order to drive economic growth through the power of diversity.
November 20, 2022
[Briefing] Stephan Nicoleau shares an update from COP27
Amy Cortese catches up with FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to talk methane, governance and catalytic capital. Host Monique Aiken has the headlines. Check out this week's Call: impactalpha.com/calls, and all of our coverage at impactalpha.com
November 18, 2022
[Briefing] Ceres' Steven Rothstein on the midterm elections and COP27 and their impact on sustainable finance
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Steven Rothstein, managing director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, to chat about how climate investors are reacting to this week’s midterm election in the U.S. as well as the COP27 global climate summit. Plus, the headlines. Next week's Call: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/454045290687
November 11, 2022
[Briefing] Morningstar's Jon Hale on the midterm elections
Jon Hale, director of sustainability research at Morningstar, joins Monique Aiken to talk about what is at stake for impact investors in next week’s US election. impactalpha.com/subscribe
November 04, 2022
Optimizing the municipal bond market for health equity and racial justice
The municipal bond market has been called the original impact investment asset class, a source of capital for water, housing, parks, libraries, transit and other essential infrastructure. But laced through with historical biases, the U.S. municipal bond market has often been a source of racial harms as well. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has embarked on a broad effort to reshape the nearly $4 trillion muni market around health equity and racial justice. Kimberlee Cornett, Senior Director for Impact Investments, and Zoila Jennings, Impact Investment Lead, for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation join David Bank to dive into the burgeoning muni impact space. https://impactalpha.com/browse/beats/locavesting/community-finance/muni-impact/
October 31, 2022
[Briefing] Bob Eccles on the ESG Wars
Brian Walsh has the headlines and Amy Cortese chats with Oxford’s Bob Eccles about why the distinction between ESG and impact in investing matters more than ever. https://impactalpha.com/cant-tell-the-players-without-a-scorecard-sorting-out-esg-impact-and-sustainability/
October 28, 2022
[Briefing] SOCAP is back in person
Host Monique Aiken is live and in person with Rodney Foxworth, CEO of Common Future, and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank at SOCAP22 in San Francisco. Plus, the headlines.
October 21, 2022
[Briefing] Insights from 20 years of deploying "patient capital" with Acumen's Daniel Waldron
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Daniel Waldron, head of insights at Acumen, to discuss lessons learned from the non-profit investor’s two decades of deploying “patient capital” in companies serving some of the world’s poorest customers. Plus, the headlines.
October 14, 2022
[Briefing] The Greening of the 401(k) with Zach Stein
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank catches up with Zach Stein, CEO of Carbon Collective, to talk about how average investors with 401(k) retirement accounts can start to shift trillions of dollars away from fossil fuels and toward climate solutions (3:00). This month's Liist: https://impactalpha.com/the-liist-seven-impact-funds-that-are-raising-capital-now-october-2022/
October 07, 2022
[Briefing] Investing to support refugees and women
Dennis Price joins host Brian Walsh to talk about the new and growing opportunity in ‘refugee lens investing,’ (2:45). And, Brian shares some highlights from this week’s Agents of Impact Call (11:00) Watch the Call replay on Youtube: https://youtu.be/I0kz0W0dCBI or at impactalpha.com
September 29, 2022
[Briefing] Fall is here, and that means it's Climate Week in New York
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank, who has been on the ground with ImpactAlpha’s New York “bureau” (Amy Cortese, Roodgally Senatus and Dan Keller), taking the pulse of investors and other stakeholders at Climate Week. Plus, the headlines.
September 23, 2022
[Briefing] The state of impact in India with Shefali Anand
ImpactAlpha correspondent Shefali Anand joins host Brian Walsh from the Impact Investors Council in New Delhi to take stock of the surge in climate and impact investing in India. Plus, the headlines. Agents of Impact Call replay: https://youtu.be/XlSfGZ7c9xE
September 16, 2022
[Briefing] Mapping Climate Capital and September's LIIST
ImpactAlpha’s David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to preview next week’s Agents of Impact Call. Luni Libes of Realize Impact stops by to discuss impact funds featured on this month’s edition of The LIIST. Plus, the headlines. Next week's Call RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/411553496587 This month's LIIST: https://impactalpha.com/the-liist-seven-impact-funds-that-are-raising-capital-now-september-2022/
September 09, 2022
[Briefing] How, and why, to decarbonize concrete
Host Brian Walsh is joined by Roody Senatus to hear about some of the concrete steps being taken to address a particularly hard challenge: reducing carbon emissions from concrete. Plus, the headlines. More on Pakistan aid opportunities: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kalsoomlakhani_the-floods-impacting-pakistan-right-now-are-activity-6969838421166989312-7s_X/
September 01, 2022
[Briefing] Havell Rodrigues on the democratic approach to fundraising that's putting wind in the sails of new impact fund managers
New Majority Capital is one of a new crop of emerging impact investment firms that are turning to crowdfunding platforms such as Republic and Wefunder to overcome historic barriers to fundraising. New Majority's Havell Rodrigues speaks with Dennis Price about how the approach has worked for them, and the strategy they're using to seed a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs (3:00). Plus the headlines.
August 26, 2022
[Briefing] The Roundtable takes on the anti-ESG ETF Strive, and more...
Host Brian Walsh welcomes back roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to dissect the anti-ESG backlash and the Inflation Reduction Act. Plus, the headlines.
August 19, 2022
[Briefing] What the climate provisions of the IRA mean for investors.
Host Monique Aiken is joined by Amy Cortese, who has been talking to investors -- including Full Cycle’s Stephan Nicoleau -- about how the inflation reduction act is resetting the table on climate. Plus, the headlines.
August 12, 2022
[Briefing] Introducing The LIIST with Luni Libes and Zuleyma Bebell
Realize Impact’s Luni Libes and ImpactAlpha’s Zuleyma Bebell join Brian Walsh to discuss the LIIST, an exciting new sampling of impact funds and companies that, based on public or accessible information, seem to be in active fundraising mode. The LIIST: https://impactalpha.com/the-brief-the-liist-of-open-impact-funds-evs-as-a-service-impact-tech-in-africa-federal-policy-for-community-solar/ Luni's podcasts: https://www.lunarmobiscuit.com/podcasts/
August 04, 2022
Briefing: ImpactAlpha Open Launches
ImpactAlpha’s Zuleyma Bebell and Dennis Price join host Monique Aiken to talk about this week’s launch of ImpactAlpha Open, trends in the media business and why ImpactAlpha “dares to be optimistic.”
July 29, 2022
[Bonus Episode] Margot Kane on clearing obstacles to mobilize capital for emerging fund managers
“There’s an inherent power dynamic in investing. Full stop,” says Margot Kane, chief investment officer of Spring Point Capital, in an Agents of Impact podcast conversation with Monique Aiken. A portion of their conversation was featured on the weekly Impact Briefing podcast earlier this month. Listen to the full conversation now!
July 28, 2022
Briefing: What Airlift's crash says about pandemic era VC investing
Jessica Pothering joins host Brian Walsh to dissect the crash landing of Airlift, and chew over the broader Covid-fueled boom and bust in instant grocery delivery in frontier markets. Plus, the headlines.
July 21, 2022
Briefing: Investing thoughtful catalytic capital for emerging managers with Margot Kane
Spring Point Partners’ Margot Kane joins host Monique Aiken to talk family offices, emerging managers and catalytic capital. Plus, the headlines.
July 15, 2022
Briefing: Politics and Power in Asset Management
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join Brian Walsh to draw a line from the massive fees in asset management to the recent raft of radical decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 08, 2022
Patience Marime-Ball: Delivering higher returns and stronger impact with The XX Edge
Patience Marime-Ball of the Women of the World Endowment joins Monique Aiken on the latest Agents of Impact Podcast to talk about The XX Edge, her new book which comes out this week. https://bookshop.org/books/the-xx-edge-unlocking-higher-returns-and-lower-risk/9781637630938
June 20, 2022
Briefing: Emerging fund managers gather in Dar es Salaam
ImpactAlpha’s Jessica Pothering joins Monique Aiken to share the work of equity and debt capital providers in emerging markets, whom she met with last week in Dar es Salaam at the Collaborative for Frontier Finance's annual convening. Plus the headlines. www.impactalpha.com/subscribe
June 16, 2022
Briefing: Impact Investing and Coming Out
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to discuss parallels between the LGBTQ+ community and the impact investing community. We also hear from Megan Kashner of the Kellogg School of Management about the genesis of Colorful Capital, the new LGBTQ+ focused venture capital firm that she has started with TIIP’s Bill Burckart. Plus the headlines.
June 10, 2022
New leadership at Kapor Capital doubles down on diversity and impact
David Bank is joined by the departing and incoming leadership teams at Kapor Capital. Mitch and Freada Kapor, veteran tech entrepreneurs and investors, are handing over the reins to homegrown talent: Brian Dixon and Ulili Onovakpuri. David spoke with the four of them about the leadership transition, where legacy venture capital falls short, and how to get top-quartile returns along with impact and diversity.
June 05, 2022
Briefing: Stephan Nicoleau on Davos and Moving Forward on Climate
FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau deconstructs the climate conversation at the recent Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum with host Monique Aiken, and points to some surprising opportunities for climate investors. Plus the headlines.
June 03, 2022
Briefing: The promise and limits of institutional impact on public policy
Host Brian Walsh is joined by roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to chew over what institutional and impact investors might – and might not – do when it comes to guns and abortion. Plus the headlines.
May 27, 2022
Overheard at Davos: BlocPower and friends take on the world.
On this special edition, Roodgally Senatus catches up with ImpactAlpha's sources on the ground at the World Economic Forum: BlocPower’s Donnel Baird, the City of Ithaca’s Luis Aguirre-Torres, and Jeffrey Dunston of the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Company, to hear how the world's business elite are reacting to their plans to decarbonize the globe while creating jobs -- one city, one affordable housing unit at a time.
May 26, 2022
Briefing: Building the next-generation of diverse climate fund managers with Bahiyah Robinson of VC Include
CEO and Founder of VC Include, Bahiyah Robinson joins host Monique Aiken to talk about their mission to to increase the number of diverse managers 10-fold by 2030. Plus, the headlines.
May 20, 2022
Briefing: The Politicization of ESG and Some Alternatives to VC
David Bank joins Monique Aiken to discuss the politics of ESG and the importance of flexible financing for startups and small businesses. Plus, the headlines. https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/
May 13, 2022
Briefing: Alternatives to VC, from Community Rounds to Neighborhood Economics
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to preview next week’s Agents of Impact call (3:45). And Bank checks in with Kevin Jones from the Neighborhood Economics gathering in Indianapolis (7:00). Jones is this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines. impactalpha.com/subscribe
May 06, 2022
Jonathan Rose on building green, affordable communities of opportunity
On this Agents of Impact podcast, David Bank is joined by Jonathan Rose, founder and president of the real estate development company of the same name, to talk about building green and affordable housing -- something Rose has been doing since the late '80s. https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/
May 03, 2022
Briefing: Offgrid solar, fintech, and other investment trends in Africa
Monique Aiken is joined by Jessica Pothering to explore the, yes, social impact of private investment trends on the African continent. Plus, the headlines. impactalpha.com/subscribe
April 29, 2022
Fairview Capital’s emerging wisdom about emerging and diverse fund managers
David Bank talks about diversity in asset management and allocation with Larry Morse, CEO of Fairview Capital, Christine Looney from the Ford Foundation and Najada Kumbuli, Head of impact Investments at Visa Foundation. impactalpha.com/subscribe
April 26, 2022
Briefing: Carl Icahn, Elon Musk, and activist investing in the age of ESG
Brian Walsh is joined by roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to decide which type of “activist investor” Carl Icahn is – and what that makes Elon Musk. We also hear from Jah Koh of Lightsmith Group and Benjamin Njenga of Apollo Agriculture, both of whom were guests on this week’s Agents of Impact Call. Plus, the headlines. https://www.impactalpha.com/subscribe
April 22, 2022
Briefing: Catalyzing climate capital for adaptation and equity
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to preview next week’s call on catalyzing capital for climate adaptation. And we hear from Jonathan Phillips of the Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University. Plus, the headlines. Next week's call: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/313635681767 SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR OUR BEST DEAL OF THE YEAR: HALF OFF. https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/ and use code ANNUAL50.
April 15, 2022
Briefing: A Civilian Climate Corps in the Bronx, and 'Community Rounds' replaces Crowdfunding
Roodgally Senatus joins host Brian Walsh to discuss his story – and photos! – from the frontlines of BlocPower efforts to train a civilian climate corps in the Bronx. Dennis Price checks in with Wefunder’s Jonny Price and Fanbase’s Ramiro Canovas to learn why startups are turning their fans and customers into investors. Plus, the headlines. Roody's piece: https://impactalpha.com/inside-blocpowers-mission-to-upskill-workers-and-green-new-york-city-buildings-photo-story/ impactalpha.com/subscribe
April 08, 2022
Briefing: Political Risk and Impact Investing in Ukraine and Beyond
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to recap this week’s call on how impact investors are approaching political risk and conflict in Eastern Europe and beyond, with call highlights from Jessica Bleyzer of SigmaBleyzer, Media Development Investment Fund’s Harlan Mandel, Daniel Kozlov of Global Venture Alliance and Open Road Alliance’s Caroline Bressan (3:20). And, TIIP has a new systems investing platform (9:45). Plus, the headlines (0:30). www.impactalpha.com/subscribe --> use code Briefing100 for $100 off your first subscription.
April 01, 2022
Briefing: The SEC's new climate disclosure rules, Alicia Seiger's contrarian take, and next week's Call
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to discuss the surprising breakthrough in the SEC’s new rules on corporate climate disclosure and preview next week’s Agents of Impact call on political and country risk. We also hear from Stanford’s Alicia Seiger, who has a contrarian take on the hot issue of Scope 3 accounting. Plus, the headlines.` Next week's call: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/298268478047 Subscribe today: https://impactalpha.com/subscribe
March 25, 2022
Agent of Impact: John Markoff on Stewart Brand
John Markoff, the longtime New York Times tech writer and author of a new biography of Stewart Brand, joins David Bank to talk psychedelic drugs, the roots of Silicon Valley and Brand's knack for being in the right place at the right time. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/554161/whole-earth-by-john-markoff/ https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/
March 21, 2022
Briefing: Confluence's Dana Lanza on geopolitcal instability, climate change, and justice.
Monique Aiken is joined by Dana Lanza of Confluence Philanthropy to hear about their annual gathering, and to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, climate change, racial justice and more. Plus, the headlines.
March 18, 2022
Briefing: Women Driving Alpha, "Live" from Cape Town
Host Brian Walsh catches up with ImpactAlpha’s Jessica Pothering from Cape Town, South Africa to talk about women driving alpha in emerging markets. And we hear from Harlan Mandel of Media Development Investment Fund on investing in a free press in countries that need it most. Plus, the headlines. impactalpha.com/subscribe https://impactalpha.com/how-six-impact-investors-are-giving-their-portfolios-a-gender-smart-boost/ https://impactalpha.com/seizing-africas-overlooked-investment-opportunities-with-an-inclusivity-lens/
March 11, 2022
Briefing: The Weaponization of Finance and the Green Way Forward
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to share a conversation with Jon Lukomnik of Sinclair Capital about the swift fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (3:20), the weaponization of finance and the Green Way Forward. And we get a preview of next week’s call from Duke’s Cathy Clark (19:10). Plus, the headlines. For all the headlines and more: impactalpha.com RSVP to The Call Jon's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/outside-in-with-jon-lukomnik/id1587041255
March 04, 2022
Briefing: Russian aggression, the materiality debates, and Carl Icahn's latest gambit.
Host Brian Walsh convenes the roundtable regulars, Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank, to talk about the impact on impact -- if any -- of Russia's invasion of Ukraine (3:50), the disclosure/materiality/externality debate (10:00)… and pregnant pigs (18:00). Plus, the headlines. For more all day: www.impactalpha.com/subscribe
February 25, 2022
Briefing: Impact investing’s policy agenda, and the funky sounds and social impact of ElectroSpit
Host Monique Aiken and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank tee up impact investing’s policy agenda (and next week’s Agents of Impact Call), with comments from Satyam Khanna, ex- of the SEC, Cambria Allen Ratzlaff of the Human Capital Management Coalition – and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (2:50). And Dennis Price introduces Bosco and Maya Kante and the innovative ‘impact note’ with which they financed their company, ElectroSpit (7:30). Plus, the headlines. Next week's call: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/265261653747 More on ElectroSplit and the Kantes: https://impactalpha.com/impact-notes-help-entrepreneurs-recoup-equity-by-creating-good-jobs-and-community-wealth/
February 18, 2022
Briefing: Carbon crypto, carbon markets and carbon quantitative easing
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh with updates from the carbon beat and highlights from this week’s Agents of Impact Call. Plus, the headlines.
February 11, 2022
Briefing: The rising price of carbon and Kim Folsom of Founders First
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to preview next week’s call on the real world effects of a rising price of carbon (3:15). And, Dennis Price speaks with Kim Folsom of Founders First about flexible business financing to create jobs and wealth (5:15). Plus, the headlines (0:30). Next week's Agents of Impact Call registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/255708540127 More on Kim Folsom and Founder's First: https://impactalpha.com/founders-first-scores-9-million-to-deploy-revenue-based-finance-to-diverse-founders/ https://impactalpha.com/kim-folsom-founders-first/ https://impactalpha.com/impact-investors-turn-to-revenue-based-financing-to-bridge-capital-gaps-for-founders-of-color/ To subscribe to ImpactAlpha, click the link and take $100 off your first year subscription using the code Briefing100: https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/
February 04, 2022
Briefing: Mixed signals in ESG and impact, climate meets crypto, and impact management and measurement tech take off
Host Brian Walsh is joined by roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith to make sense of the mixed signals in impact investing and the broader economy (5:50). Dennis Price shares a story on impact-management tech (2:55). Plus, the headlines. --> impactalpha.com/subscribe --> Imogen's latest column --> Dennis' story on Impact Measurement and Management
January 28, 2022
Agents of Impact: Finding the alpha in apprenticeships with Daniel Pianko, Achieve Partners
Daniel Pianko, Managing Director at Achieve Partners, joins David to discuss how his portfolio companies bridge the skills shortage in the USA with European-style apprenticeships. Daniel is also the host of the Better Money Better World podcast from the Impact Capital Managers, and as such, throws a few questions back at David. impactalpha.com/subscribe/ https://www.impactcapitalmanagers.com/icm-better-money-better-world-podcast
January 25, 2022
Briefing: Larry Fink’s letter, BlocPower’s expansion, and Just Capital CEO Martin Whittaker
Monique Aiken and David Bank react to Larry Fink’s annual letter, BlocPower’s expansion and systemic approaches to income inequality. And, at (5:30), David catches up with Martin Whittaker about Just Capital’s “Just 100” rankings, stakeholder primacy and “Davos Man.” https://impactalpha.com/subscribe/
January 21, 2022
Institutional Shift: 'Net-zero' becomes 'uh-oh' and other sustainability trends to watch in 2022
Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital joins David Bank for our annual Institutional Shift look-ahead. For more coverage head on over to impactalpha.com
January 19, 2022
Briefing: The Roundtable looks ahead to 2022
Host Brian Walsh brings back roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to take up private equity scandals, impending regulations, the tech reckoning, battling billionaires and, of course, “Don’t Look Up.” Plus, the headlines. Headlines: (0:30) Roundtable discussion: (2:45) For daily coverage of impact investing and beyond, head on over to impactalpha.com
January 14, 2022
Briefing: Diversity in Asset Management
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to talk about Imogen's Institutional Shift column, and Resilience Capital’s Gillian Marcelle and 1863 Ventures’ Melissa Bradley challenge impact investors to walk the talk. Plus, the headlines.
December 17, 2021
Briefing: The Reconstruction This Time
Host Monique Aiken takes a look back on a year of conversations on The Reconstruction podcast with outtakes from Anne Price, Rodney Foxworth and Nwamaka Agbo. Aiken also looks forward to next week’s Agents of Impact Call on the series and what’s next. Plus, the headlines.
December 10, 2021
Briefing: Stakeholder Activism and ReNewCos
Host Brian Walsh and roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank take up the corporate trend du jour: spinning off high-flying green business units, or ReNewCos, from legacy dirty assets, and chew over prospects for a “multi-movement engine” for corporate accountability.
December 03, 2021
Briefing: 4 Takeaways from COP26 with Stephan Nicoleau
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken gets an investor’s takeaways from the Glasgow climate summit from FullCycle’s Stephan Nicoleau. Plus, the headlines.
November 19, 2021
Briefing: The Marks, the Gretas, and Inflation -- Oh, My!
Host Brian Walsh is back from Glasgow and joined for an institutional impact roundtable by Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. They sort out the Marks and the Gretas at COP26 and chew on inflation’s impact on… impact. Plus, the headlines
November 12, 2021
Briefing: Young Climate Leaders at COP26
Amy Cortese joins host Monique Aiken to share some of the powerful voices that have spoken so far at COP26. Plus the headlines.
November 05, 2021
Agents of Impact: Solving for both unemployment & labor shortages with high-quality jobs with Rachel Korberg
The Families and Workers Fund’s two priorities are the modernization of antiquated public-benefits systems, particularly unemployment insurance, and the promotion of high-quality jobs that provide economic security and mobility through decent wages, benefits, training and working conditions. “This is a crisis," Korberg says. "But this is also a once in a generation opportunity for change."
November 04, 2021
Briefing: What's at Stake at COP26
Host Brian Walsh is headed to Glasgow for COP26, and looks to roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith for the lowdown on what to expect. Plus the headlines.
October 29, 2021
Briefing: SOCAP Week
David Bank joins Host Monique Aiken to bring us some highlights of the many interviews and panels that the two hosted this week.
October 22, 2021
Agents of Impact: MacArthur Foundation's Debra Schwartz
The Managing Director of Impact Investments for the Macarthur Foundation speaks with David Bank about catalytic capital, getting enterprises the kind of financing they need and how technology is driving down costs for impact solutions.
October 19, 2021
Briefing: Institutional Climate Investing in the UK
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to talk UK climate politics and investing.
October 15, 2021
Briefing: Covering Black tech ecosystems, with The Plug's Sherrell Dorsey
Sherrell Dorsey, founder of The Plug, joins host Monique Aiken. The Plug launched a new site this week, and will be co-hosting next week's Agents of Impact Call.
October 07, 2021
Briefing: Infrastructure and Impact
John Cochrane from the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance joins host Brian Walsh to sort out at least some of the policy developments in Washington this week -- and what they mean for impact investors. Plus, the headlines.
October 01, 2021
Briefing: Climate Week
Full Cycle’s Stephan Nicoleau joins host Monique Aiken to talk about Climate Week, climate action and infrastructure justice. Plus, the headlines.
September 24, 2021
Briefing: Carbon Lock-in, Stranded Assets, and Harvard's Divestment
Roundtable regulars David Bank and Imogen Rose-Smith return this week to join host Brian Walsh for a conversation about Imogen’s latest Institutional Impact column on carbon lock-in, stranded assets and yes, Harvard’s endowment. Plus, the headlines.
September 17, 2021
Briefing: Universal Ownership and Active Stewardship
Host Monique Aiken is joined by ImpactAlpha’s David Bank to talk about universal ownership and active stewardship. And to preview next week’s Agent of Impact call, we hear a bit of David’s recent conversation with Hiro Mizuno. Plus, the headlines.
September 10, 2021
Briefing: ‘Beta stewardship’ and hurricane resilience
Host Brian Walsh chats with ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price and Amy Cortese to talk through some of their reporting from the week. And we hear from Sunwealth’s Jessica Brooks, this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines.
September 03, 2021
Briefing: Building Back Better in Haiti
Guest host David Bank talks with Roodgally Senatus about the earthquake relief efforts and growing up in Haiti. And we revisit, “How I Stopped the Taliban From Shutting Down My School,” the TED talk by Sakena Yacoobi, this week’s Agent of Impact. Plus, the headlines.
August 26, 2021
Briefing: ESG Whistleblowers with Imogen and David
Brian Walsh enlists roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to dissect ESG and Imogen’s latest column.
August 20, 2021
Agents of Impact: Edwin Datson on how to play the rising price of carbon
On the latest Agents of Impact podcast, venture capital and private equity investor Edwin Datson breaks down recent developments that are making carbon a hot commodity on global markets.
August 16, 2021
Briefing: BlocPower's Donnel Baird on the role of impact investors in equitable climate infrastructure
Donnel Baird, the founder of climate technology startup BlocPower joins Monique Aiken to talk about the latest IPCC Report, how he copes with climate grief, the Biden administration's infrastructure plans, and the role that impact investors can play in staving off the worst impacts of climate change.
August 13, 2021
Briefing: Some Reconstruction history and looking forward to Black Philanthropy Month
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken checks in with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank, who is in South Carolina’s Low Country exploring the history of the original Reconstruction. We hear about some of that history in snippets from David’s conversation with Penn Center’s Miss Gardenia Simmons-White and preview Black Philanthropy Month with Philanthropy Unbound’s Renee Joslyn. Plus, the headlines.
July 30, 2021
Briefing: Private equity and ESG, strange bedfellows?
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join host Brian Walsh to discuss Rose-Smith’s latest column on how private equity learned to stop worrying and love ESG. We also hear from Netflix star Cooper Connelley – a nice guy, loyal husband and impact investor. Plus, the headlines.
July 23, 2021
Briefing: The SEC considers asset manager diversity disclosure
Monique Aiken brings us the headlines, and ImpactAlpha’s Dennis Price catches up with Illumen Capital’s Daryn Dodson about bias in asset management and what a new era of disclosure could mean for diversity in the industry.
July 16, 2021
Briefing: Investors Eye Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear fusion: a grand climate solution or a longstanding pipe dream? A number of startups claim to be on the verge of technological breakthroughs that could bring fusion energy to the grid by the 2030s -- and investors are buying it. Host Brian Walsh is joined by Amy Cortese and David Bank to hear more about the growing interest in fusion, and one MIT based startup that's trying to bring it to scale.
July 09, 2021
Briefing: PolicyLink's Michael McAfee and "The Curb-Cut Effect"
Monique talks with PolicyLink’s Michael McAfee about “the curb-cut effect,” closing the racial wealth gap, and other takeaways from this week’s Agents of Impact Call No. 29: Capitalism Reimagined. Plus, the headlines.
July 02, 2021
Briefing: Reimagining Capitalism
David Bank joins host Brian Walsh to reimagine capitalism. We also hear from Rev. Dr. William Barber II, PolicyLink’s Mahlet Getachew and Omidyar Network’s Chris Jurgens for a preview of next week’s Capitalism Reimagined Call. Plus, the headlines.
June 25, 2021
Briefing: CDFI's and Juneteenth hit the big time
Lisa Mensah, CEO and President of the Opportunity Finance Network, joins Monique to reflect on our newest federal holiday, the sudden widespread interest -- or should we say investment -- in community lending, and today’s opportunity for a just Reconstruction.
June 18, 2021
Briefing: Reimagining Capitalism, Comptroller Elections, Toxic Masculinity in Impact, and The Gates Foundation Falls Short
Roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank join Brian Walsh to re-imagine capitalism and review some of Imogen's recent and upcoming hot takes in her IA column. Plus, how the Gates Foundation’s strategy for global access to COVID vaccines worked -- or didn’t. And. as always, the headlines.
June 11, 2021
Agents of Impact: Omidyar Network’s Chris Jurgens on the ideas, rules and power for a resilient 21st century
With Omidyar Network, ImpactAlpha is exploring emergent ideas, rules and power relationships of a resilient 21st-century economy. Visit the Capitalism Reimagined landing page for podcast summaries, as well as original coverage, impact voices, features and Agents of Impact.
June 08, 2021
Briefing: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Monique brings us some highlights of her conversations with Tiffany Crutcher and Greg Robinson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Anne Price of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, Calif. Plus, the headlines.
June 04, 2021
Briefing: Big Oil's Big Reckoning
Brian Walsh is joined by Amy Cortese and David Bank to break down the big news coming out of Exxon, Chevron and Shell. Plus the headlines.
May 28, 2021
Briefing: Catalytic Capital and the Reconstruction
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to talk about financing the reconstruction with catalytic capital. Plus the headlines.
May 21, 2021
Agents of Impact: Isaac Stone-Fish on ESG Risks in China
Transparency is elusive as investors assess governance risks in China. There are by now dozens of ways to measure corporate exposure to climate risks, but few good methods to assess the risks of exposure to China, and specifically to the ruling Communist Party. In this Agent of Impact podcast, Isaac Stone-Fish shares how he helps corporations and other organizations identify connections, dependencies and entanglements in the world’s largest retail market.
May 17, 2021
Briefing: Risks, Returns, and Innovative Financial Structures
David Bank and Jessica Pothering join host Brian Walsh to talk about risks and returns – and explore innovative financial structures that are unlocking new capital in emerging markets. Plus, the headlines.
May 14, 2021
Briefing: Generational Inheritance and Leadership
Host Monique Aiken is joined by David Bank to talk through some of this week's themes. Plus we hear from Kelli Saulney, a recent guest on the Reconstruction podcast. And, of course, the headlines.
May 07, 2021
Briefing: Truth in advertising when it comes to ESG
Brian Walsh welcomes back Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank to discuss the heightened regulatory scrutiny of impact and ESG claims. Plus, the headlines.
April 30, 2021
Briefing: April 23rd
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken checks in with Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Rey Ramsey and The Case Made’s Tiffany Manuel, and chats with ImpactAlpha’s Amy Cortese about climate action news. Plus, the headlines.
April 23, 2021
The Reconstruction: Rey Ramsey on deploying 100% of foundation assets toward positive impact and racial equity
The Nathan Cummings Foundation says it has nearly fulfilled the commitment made three years ago to align 100% of its $450 million endowment with its mission goals – and confirmed that aligning foundation assets with positive impact turns out to be a way to make a decent return as well.
April 19, 2021
Briefing: April 16th
Host Brian Walsh takes stock of two of the premier showcases for student talent in impact investing and sustainable finance. He chats with Bridges Fund Management’s Brian Trelstad about this year’s competition. And Megan Kashner of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern recaps the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, which also staged its finals last week.
April 16, 2021
Institutional Shift: Credits for Cow Sh*t and Sustainable SPACs
Equilibrium Capital's Dave Chen joins David Bank to discuss the latest trends in instutional sustainable investing
April 14, 2021
Briefing: April 9th
Host Monique Aiken speaks with B Lab’s Andrew Kassoy about why impact-driven businesses and investors are stepping up their policy advocacy. We also hear from Dr. Tiffany Manuel of The Case Made, next week’s guest on The Reconstruction podcast. Plus the headlines.
April 09, 2021
Briefing: April 2nd
Host Brian Walsh dissects former BlackRock exec Tariq Fancy’s recent takedown of ESG investing with roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. Plus the headlines.
April 02, 2021
Briefing: March 26th
Jessica Pothering joins host Monique Aiken to discuss how African entrepreneurs are stepping up with tech solutions to the continent’s challenges in agriculture, climate change and financial inclusion. We also catch up with Unreasonable Group’s Pratibha Vuppuluri and hear a snippet of next week’s Reconstruction podcast with Illumen Capital’s Daryn Dodson. Plus, the headlines.
March 26, 2021
Briefing: March 19th
Brian Walsh talks with Amy Cortese about regulation crowdfunding’s big week, and we hear from Republic’s Ken Nguyen and Wefunder’s Jonny Price. Plus the headlines.
March 19, 2021
Briefing: March 12th
Monique is joined by Erika Seth-Davies, a social entrepreneur in residence at Common Future, and founder of The Racial Equity Asset Lab, and ImpactAlpha’s David Bank to talk about the American Rescue Plan and, perhaps, a bottom-up Reconstruction...
March 12, 2021
Briefing: March 5th
On this week’s podcast, host Brian Walsh discusses the big private equity funds looking to make a splash in impact with roundtable regulars Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank. Plus, the headlines.
March 05, 2021
Briefing: February 26th
On this week’s podcast, host Monique Aiken chats with ImpactAlpha’s Roodgally Senatus about Bitwise Industries’ big raise and BlocPower’s Donnel Baird, this week’s Agent of Impact.
February 26, 2021
Agent of Impact: Surdna's Don Chen
Don Chen, president of the billion-dollar Surdna Foundation, joins David Bank to discuss Surdna's 100 million dollar commitment to impact investing, as well as some innovative approaches they've taken to the COVID crisis.
February 25, 2021
Briefing: February 19th
Amy Cortese joins Brian to bring us up to speed on soil carbon markets. We hear from Gregory Landua of the Regen Network, Mark Lambert of Re-Harvest, and this week's Agent of Impact: Charles D. King, the Founder and CEO of the global media brand Macro.
February 19, 2021
Briefing: February 12th
The headlines, plus Suzanne Biegel updates Monique on some highlights from this week's GenderSmart Investing Summit, and we hear from Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope Enterprise.
February 12, 2021
Briefing: February 5th
The headlines, plus Brian is joined by Professor Tensie Whelan of NYU Stern School of Business to discuss her latest research into corporate board members ESG credentials.
February 05, 2021
The Reconstruction: Melissa Bradley
1863 Ventures founder Melissa Bradley joins Monique Aiken to discuss how learning from history can create opportunities for equitable wealth-building.
February 01, 2021
Briefing: January 29th
The headlines, plus Monique and David bring share a sneak preview of "The Reconstruction" our new podcast series and beat which drops on Monday.
January 29, 2021
Briefing: January 22nd
The word of the week is: creativity -- Brian catches up with Upstart CoLab founder Laura Callanan, and we revisit the poetry of this week's Agent of Impact, Amanda Gorman.
January 22, 2021
Briefing: January 15th
Monique is joined by Jessica Barron and Marion Johnson of Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned social impact consulting firm, to discuss their recent report Demoocracy’s Powerbrokers: Political Power of Women of Color.
January 15, 2021
Agents of Impact: Jigar Shah
David chats with Jigar Shah, president of Generate, a San Francisco investment firm at the forefront of sustainable infrastructure financing. Jigar was co-founder of SunEdison, a pioneer of the “no money down” solar financing model that unlocked the solar market. He co-hosts The Energy Gang Podcast.
January 13, 2021
Briefing: January 8th
David joins Brian to chart the year ahead in impact investing with some help from Generate's Jigar Shah.
January 11, 2021
Briefing: December 18th
David joins Brian to round up the ImpactAlpha week of roundups, plus we hear a few of Dave Chen's predictions for 2021.
December 18, 2020
Institutional Shift: The Great Burp forward in 2021
Dave and David look back on some of the predictions from February's episode, and look forward to the trends we'll be seeing a lot more of in 2021.
December 18, 2020
Agent of Impact: Zach Knight
David Bank speaks with the co-founder and CEO of Blue Forest, a nonprofit fund financing forest resilience through an innovative pay for performance model.
December 16, 2020
Briefing: December 11th
The word of the week is "science", and the agents of impact are scientists... and David joins Monique to discuss deep tech investing.
December 10, 2020
Briefing: December 4th
Dennis introduces Brian to refugee lens investing, and we remember Tony Hsie and his innovative community financing project in Las Vegas, plus the headlines.
December 04, 2020
Briefing: November 20th
Monique follows up on this week's Agents of Impact call, which put a gender lens on the COVID recovery. We hear from Secha Capital’s Kuhle Mnisi and Wukina’s Maureen Sibanda who are this week’s agents of impact.
November 20, 2020
Briefing: November 13th
Imogen and David join Brian to discuss the word of the week: transition.
November 13, 2020
Briefing: November 6th
What else? David and Dennis join Monique to discuss the impact investing narrative in a new political landscape... plus we hear from Amy Domini, Vikram Gandhi and the Rev. William Barber.
November 06, 2020
Briefing: October 30th
Amy joins Brian to discuss the energy transition, and we hear from Kesha Cash, who just raised $55 million for Impact America's second fund.
October 30, 2020
Briefing: Week of October 23rd
Amy Cortese joins Monique to discuss some highlights from SOCAP. Plus this week's Agents of Impact, voters.
October 23, 2020
Agents of Impact: Dave Chen
In the latest edition of our Institutional Shift series, David Bank speaks with Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital Dave about food system resilience in the face of climate change and COVID.
October 21, 2020
Briefing: October 16
Brian welcomes back Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank for a quick roundtable: ‘From ESG to impact.’ And, we meet this week’s Agent of Impact, the Nigerian activist Aisha Yesufu, who has been part of that country’s protests against police brutality.
October 16, 2020
Briefing: October 9th
The word of the week is Reconstruction, and Monique catches up with Anne Price, Ronald Cohen and Sherece West-Scantlebury. Plus, the Headlines.
October 09, 2020
Briefing: October 2nd
SPACs have come to Impact Investing... David and Jessica explain. Plus, we hear from this week's Agent of Impact Archana Soreng-- one of seven members of the UN’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. And, of course, the headlines.
October 02, 2020
Briefing: September 25th
Monique brings us highlights from this week's Agent of Impact Call on racial justice investing, redefining pro-business with this week's Agent of Impact RBG, and the headlines.
September 25, 2020
Briefing: September 18th
It's a roundtable reunion with Imogen, David and Brian to talk about the latest efforts to re-imagine (or is it reset?) capitalism. Plus, Jeffery Ubben is this week's controversial Agent of Impact.
September 19, 2020
Agent of Impact: Emmanuel Lagarrigue
Emmanuel, the Chief Innovation Officer for Schneider Electric chats with David about decarbonized, decentralized and digital energy.
September 17, 2020
Briefing: September 11th
Melissa L. Bradley of 1863 Ventures joins Monique to discuss her call to action for entrepreneurs, plus this week's Agent of Impact, Dave Kirkpatrick SJF Ventures, and the headlines.
September 11, 2020
Briefing: September 4th
The headlines, plus Amy joins Brian to discuss small business financing in the COVID crisis and this week's Agent of Impact, Beth Bafford.
September 04, 2020
Briefing: August 28th
Headlines, The Democracy Collective's Jessica Rose on employee ownership, and this week's Agents of Impact: basketball players.
August 28, 2020
Briefing: August 21st
Why have there been so many agri-food deals lately? Plus, the headlines, and this week's Agent of Impact, Andrew Youn, co-founder and executive director of One Acre Fund.
August 21, 2020
Briefing: August 14th
This week's headlines, David and Monique round up our "systemic investing" call, plus Maurice Jones is this week's Agent of Impact.
August 14, 2020
Agent of Impact: Pete Stavros
The head of U.S. private equity for KKR, the international investment giant, speaks with David Bank about the employee ownership strategy that they've used successfully in the manufacturing sector.
August 12, 2020
Briefing: July 31st
The headlines, some audio highlights from our latest Agent of Impact call on impact and the 2020 U.S. election, plus Dennis explains this week's theme... "purpose-built."
July 31, 2020
Briefing: July 24th
The headlines, plus David and Monique talk about Agent of Impact "Aha!" moments, and we hear from this week's featured Agent of Impact, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, Dawn Sherman.
July 24, 2020
Briefing: July 17th
Blackrock falls short on climate commitments, the Trump administration takes on ESG, and a 1/10th challenge from Ceniarth's Diane Isenberg
July 17, 2020
Ceniarth’s Diane Isenberg
The founder of Ceniarth -- a family office that provides capital for positive impact in marginalized, primarily rural, populations-- speaks with David about family wealth, catalytic capital and impact-first investing.
July 16, 2020
Agent of Impact: CDC Group's Nick O'Donohoe
David speaks with Nick about how CDC Group, the UK's Development Finance Institution, is approaching risk during the COVID crisis, and more...
July 13, 2020
Briefing: July 10th
Monique brings us the headines and David discusses the word of the week: topple. Plus, your agent(s) of impact.
July 10, 2020
Briefing: June 26th
The headlines, a new handbook aims to help scale up the amount of impact capital, and Dennis profiles Tynesia Boyea-Robinson.
June 26, 2020
Monique brings us the headlines, Jessica chats with Candide Group's Jasmine Rashid, and Amy Cortese profiles Aurora James
June 19, 2020
ROI Interview: Andy Kuper
Leapfrog’s Andy Kuper on impact, exits and scaling growth in emerging markets through the COVID crisis
June 15, 2020
Briefing: June 12th
The headlines, plus Amy Cortese speaks with Philip Reeves and Todd Leverette about employee ownership as a way to help close the racial wealth gap. And Dennis Price profiles this week's Agent of Impact, Helen Adeosun.
June 12, 2020
Interview: Joy Anderson
David interviews Joy Anderson, president and founder of The Criterion Institute. We spoke at the end of May about gender and the COVID recovery
June 10, 2020
Briefing: June 5th
Guest host Monique Aiken brings us the headlines, and leads a frank and personal discussion of the events triggered by the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd. She is joined by Living Cities’ Demetric Duckett, Colonial Consulting’s Angela Matheny and Castleberry’s Donray Von
June 05, 2020
Briefing: May 29th
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering speaks with Aunnie Patton Power about redesigning venture finance, and Dennis Price profiles this week's Agent of Impact, Sarah Kerney from Prime Coalition.
May 29, 2020
Agents of Impact Call 17: 10x’ing community capital
It could be that the crisis is the catalyst to finally strengthen and scale the small business finance and support ecosystem that has existed outside of mainstream financial channels for decades...
May 29, 2020
Briefing: May 22nd
The headlines, plus David Bank and Amy Cortese on what to do with the mountains of cash corporations have been sitting on, as well as this week's Agents of Impact: Andrew Behar and Danielle Fugere.
May 22, 2020
Briefing: May 15th
The headlines, plus David Bank on "systems change," and Dennis Price profiles Heron's Dana Bezerra.
May 15, 2020
ROI Interview: Visa Foundation’s Graham Macmillan
Graham Macmillan joins David Bank for a conversation about the Visa Foundation's mission... and how they're approaching it in light of COVID-19, supporting small and micro businesses run by women.
May 11, 2020
Briefing: May 8th
Featuring the headlines, plus Dennis Price on a forgiveness and patience as catalytic capital, and a special Agent of Impact birthday surprise...
May 08, 2020
Briefing: May 1st
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering on a microfinance lenders lessons from the Ebola crisis, and Dennis Price profiles Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, co-founders of Partners in Health
May 01, 2020
Roundtable: Private capital for public good... or not?
Impact investing has posited the role of private capital for public good. The roundtable regulars - Imogen, Brian and David -- are back to answer the question: how is that position faring through the crisis?
April 29, 2020
Briefing: April 24th
The headlines, plus Dennis Price on Social Bonds as COVID relief, and David Bank profiles Goldman's John Goldstein.
April 24, 2020
Briefing: April 17th
The headlines, plus David Bank on universal owners, and Lyneka Little on our Agent of Impact.
April 17, 2020
Agent of Impact Interview: Tracy Palandjian
Tracy details a new career impact bond.
April 16, 2020
Briefing: April 10th
The headlines, plus Amy Cortese on CDFI's bridging the PPP's equity gap, and David Bank on this week's Agent of Impact.
April 10, 2020
Briefing: April 3rd
The headlines, plus Jessica Pothering on the affect of COVID on emerging market entrepreneurs, and Amy Cortese on this week's Agent of Impact.
April 03, 2020
ROI Interview: The GIIN's Amit Bouri
Amit walks us through how Impact Investors of all stripes are stepping up to the challenges of COVID – and capitalism.
April 02, 2020
Briefing: March 27th
Your weekly briefing from the virtual newsroom of ImpactAlpha focuses on resilience and disruption: headlines from ImpactAlpha, David Bank on “making this s***storm matter,” and Amy Cortese brings us this week’s Agent of Impact.
March 27, 2020
Briefing: March 20th
Amy Cortese on high impact small business loans, David Bank on this week's Agent of Impact, and your headlines from this week in Impact Investing.
March 20, 2020
Briefing: March 13th
The coronavirus pandemic has upended virtually everything. In the pages of ImpactAlpha, we focused on resilience this week, featuring Amy Cortese on global energy markets, and Dennis Price with our Agent(s) of Impact.
March 13, 2020
Briefing: March 6th
Carbon capture, inclusive fintech, and creative arts investing. Plus, David Bank on how COVID-19 is affecting the field, and Jessica Pothering profiles this week's Agent of Impact.
March 06, 2020
Briefing: February 28th
In your briefing this week: pandemics, leaks, and billion dollar funds. Plus, Dennis Price on emerging impact managers.
February 28, 2020
Briefing: February 21st
Your impact briefing for February 21st, featuring the week's headlines, Agents of Impact, and new info on off-grid electricity in Africa.
February 21, 2020
Institutional Shift: Calling the inflection point, and other trends to watch in 2020
Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital joins David Bank to make bold predictions for 2020 on another episode of our special series: Institutional Shift.
February 06, 2020
‘ESG investing’ crosses the chasm from early adopter to early majority. So what?
On the latest edition of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast, host Brian Walsh suggests that the ‘technology’ of ESG and impact investing has passed the early-adopter stage and entered the early majority, gaining momentum among companies, asset managers and banks.
January 30, 2020
Blue like an Orange offers a report card for the Sustainable Development Goals
“The positive news is that more and more people know what we are talking about,” Bertrand Badré says on the most recent ImpactAlpha podcast. “The negative news is there is not enough action.” The former World Bank official and founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital (the name comes from a French surrealist poem) says needed changes in the financial system were not given enough thought when the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted five years ago. He’s writing a book on the topic; as a down payment, Blue Orange is releasing at Davos its internal rating system, SDG Blue, which scores investments against the SDGs in much the same way Moody’s scores companies’ credit ratings.
January 21, 2020
The Decapitalization of the Fossil Fuel Industry
The Decapitalization of the Fossil Fuel Industry by ImpactAlpha
December 20, 2019
Cornerstone Capital Seeks to Prove Active Managers Can Deliver Impact in Public Equities
“Global thematic impact didn’t exist, so we decided to build it ourselves," says Erika Karp in the latest ROI. Cornerstone’s Access Impact Fund is a Nasdaq-listed mutual fund that for a minimum $1,000 investment offers access to sub-advisors looking for thematic investments in small-, medium- and large-cap companies across geographies. Karp, formerly the head of global sector research at UBS Investment Bank, is taking a stand on hotly debated investment topics that go beyond impact investing. She says active management, which has fallen out of favor because of high fees and uneven performance, is key to intentional impact.
December 03, 2019
Sir Ronald Cohen: ‘We are overthrowing the dictatorship of profit’
The popular protests that drove the GSG Impact Summit out of Santiago, Chile, added “a poignant urgency” to the first day of the global gathering of impact investors in Buenos Aires, Sir Ronald Cohen said in a podcast interview with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank.
November 19, 2019
Institutional Shift: Corporate Operations are the Front Lines of Sustainability
Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital returns for another edition of Institutional Shift.
November 14, 2019
Fossil fuel investments undercut major firms’ claims as impact investors
Now that big private equity players are spinning up impact funds left and right, the impact of the rest of their investments is getting a lot more scrutiny as well. ImpactAlpha’s roundtable regulars recorded a podcast episode keying on Blackstone’s investments in Brazilian agricultural processing plants linked to deforestation in the Amazon. But other private equity giants have stepped up with their own deals of questionable impact. As a source for stories, keeping watch on private equity impact is the gift that keeps on giving.
November 05, 2019
Mispriced Climate Risks Signal Investment Shocks – and Opportunities For Action
In a counter-intuitive shift, the estimated four million global youth climate strikers who took to the streets last week may be more pro-business than recalcitrant heads of state gathering at the United Nations intent on slow-walking climate action. The U.S., Brazil and Japan, for example, have not even asked to speak at today’s Climate Action Summit, where 60 or so countries are expected to present more ambitious carbon-reduction plans. By catalyzing a powerful political constituency for urgent climate action, protestors may accelerate the low-carbon transition and soften climate shock. By most expert analysis, keep global temperature rise with 1.5 or even 2 degrees Celsius produces better returns for almost all in
September 23, 2019
Updated Corporate Purpose Signals Broader Definitions of Fiduciary Duty and Materiality
Updated Corporate Purpose Signals Broader Definitions of Fiduciary Duty and Materiality by ImpactAlpha
August 29, 2019
Overcoming Systemic Bias in Investing Means Challenging Power and Pattern Matching
Overcoming Systemic Bias in Investing Means Challenging Power and Pattern Matching by ImpactAlpha
August 27, 2019
Memo to Candidates: Impact Investors Have a Quality Jobs Agenda
The latest Returns on Investment podcast takes on the challenge of how investors can help make sure workers get a better shake. In a low-unemployment economy, it’s not only jobs, but quality jobs that are needed to drive broader prosperity that is inclusive of workers of all ages and skills.
July 29, 2019
Resistance Meets Revival to Renew the Political Discourse
The roundtable regulars aim to trace the connections between the impact investing project writ large and the current political climate, without violating our pledge against armchair analysis of electability, swing-state appeal or fundraising prowess.
June 18, 2019
Investment Trends to Watch in the Second Half of 2019
On the latest episode of our special Institutional Shift series of conversations, Dave Chen and David Bank review their predictions from six months ago and look ahead to 2020. On the docket: climate-change investing, plastics, market segmentation, and product development.
June 12, 2019
Goldman Sachs’ Hugh Lawson on How Climate Change Is Changing Asset Management
A changing climate is changing the climate inside one of the world’s largest asset managers. Clients of Goldman Sachs Assets Management, which manages assets on behalf of wealthy families, pensions and foundations, endowments and insurance companies. These parties have always expected the firm to recite key financial metrics about the companies they own. But increasingly, says Hugh Lawson, the head of ESG and impact investing at Goldman, clients are demanding the big Wall Street money manager know more about the qualitative aspects of what those businesses do and how they do it. In the latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast, David Bank dug in with Lawson about how greater investor urgency around climate, and confidence in low-carbon investment strategies, is changing investing (or isn’t).
June 05, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: Blue Haven uses flexibility to drive impact across portfolios
One perk of both owning and managing your own capital: you get to set the rules. Blue Haven Initiative, the $500 million family office of Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, has for a decade committed to integrate impact across 100% of its investable portfolio. In episode 7 of Beyond Tradeoffs, David speaks with Liesel about Blue Haven's approach.
May 28, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: Growing demand, growing companies and growing opportunities for impact at scale
In episode 6 of Beyond Tradeoffs, David speaks with Sandeep Farias of Elevar Equity about their approach to early stage investing in developing markets.
May 23, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: Finding mispriced risks in affordable housing, quality jobs and diverse managers
On episode 5 of our special series, Beyond Tradeoffs, produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network, David interviews Roy Swan and Christine Looney about Ford Foundations Mission Investment strategy.
May 20, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: How Lok Blends Commercial Capital and Smart Subsidies for Transformative Impact
In Episode 4 of ROI's Beyond Trade-offs series, produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network, Vishal Mehta of Lok Capital recalls how the Delhi-based impact investor blended venture capital and grant funding to build markets for financial services, health care and education for low-income Indians.
May 16, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: An 80/20 Rule Helps an Institutional Impact Investor Manage Risks
Today on ROI, we feature an interview with Ommeed Sathe of Prudential Financial in the third episode of Beyond Tradeoffs, produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network. Prudential, a serious institutional investor with nearly $1.4 trillion in assets, is demonstrating that is possible to incorporate impact strategies within the norms and constraints faced by institutional investors. Their $800 million impact portfolio is invested with a specific mandate to show measurable benefits in financial inclusion, affordable housing preservation, educational excellence, workforce development and sustainable agriculture and other areas.
May 13, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: Big Investors Press Asset Managers to Integrate ‘ESG’ and Impact Across Portfolios
In the second episode of ImpactAlpha’s “Beyond Trade-offs” podcast series, produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network, Goldman Sachs’ John Goldstein charts the development of “risk-return-impact” frameworks that meet the needs of institutional investors. One of his jobs, he says, “is to help Goldman’s investors do better at doing what they do by incorporating environmental, social and governance into how we invest for all our clients.”
May 09, 2019
Beyond Tradeoffs: Omidyar Network's Investments Across the Continuum of Returns
In a new series of podcasts produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network, ImpactAlpha asked a range of investors, from fully “market-rate,” to unapologetically concessionary, what lies… Beyond Tradeoffs. What we heard is that investors of all types are finding strategies to avoid specific and systemic risks, to be aligned with long-term trends, to generate tangible and measureable social and environmental benefits and to otherwise meet their objectives – all along the continuum of risks and returns.
May 06, 2019
Eric Glass Makes the Case for Municipal Bonds as Impact
Hidden within the $3.8 trillion market for U.S. municipal bonds are not only mispriced social and environmental risks, but huge potential for on-the-ground impact in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. On this episode, David Bank chats with Eric Glass about how Alliance-Bernstein approaches municipal bonds with an impact lens.
April 18, 2019
Making the ‘S’ in ESG stand for ‘Share the Wealth’
According to billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio, capitalism is not working well for the majority of Americans. In a recent essay he argues that it is producing self-reinforcing spirals up for the haves and down for the have-nots and that these conditions pose an existential risk for the U.S. In the latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast, the roundtable regulars took up the challenge as well, with a provocative discussion of inequality and the age-old tension between capital and labor.
April 15, 2019
The ‘Red Ferrari Syndrome’ and Other Lessons of Impact Investing’s Varsity Blues Scandal
The dramatic fall from grace of Bill McGlashan, co-founder and former CEO of TPG Growth and The Rise Fund, after being indicted in the Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal, Rose-Smith suggests, may say more about private-equity and alternative-investment asset management in general than about impact investing in particular.
March 25, 2019
Is it Impact Investing When Billionaires Buy Newspapers and Magazines?
Are newspapers and newsmagazines "impact investments"? And are the billionaires who buy them making a positive impact? Listen in as David, Imogen, and Brian take up the topic of impact investing in news media on the latest episode of ROI
February 25, 2019
No Need to Wait for Washington to Mobilize Around a ‘Green New Deal’
Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has galvanized the political debate with a proposed Green New Deal that would rely primarily on government financing to pay for the required investments in climate-friendly agriculture, transportation, buildings, manufacturing and, of course, energy. In the latest Returns on Investment podcast, roundtable regulars Brian Walsh and Imogen Rose-Smith tried to force ImpactAlpha’s David Bank into his own awkward choice: private capital or government funding?
February 13, 2019
Risky Business: Corporations Need Market Signals to Reduce Climate Risks
Will it be risk – rather than returns – that drives impact investment? Major companies are starting to face the very practical implications of climate change, as indicated by responses to CDP, the U.K. organization formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. The latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast explores the connection between such risks and the mobilization of investment to address them.
January 30, 2019
If ‘ESG Investing’ is So Great, Why is the World Going to Hell?
The three-letter acronym for “environmental, social and governance” has broken out from the wonky world of finance and into subway ads and online pitches for a slew of new ESG mutual funds, ETFs and other financial services. How such “non-financial” factors affect financial performance has been a matter of hot debate for several years. As ESG breaks into the mainstream, the podcast’s roundtable regulars took on a tougher question is: Does it make a bit of difference in the real world?
January 23, 2019
Institutional Shift: Climate Risk Hits the Market and Other Impact Investing Trends to Watch in 2019
Join us for half-dozen or so forecasts from Equilibrium Capital's Dave Chen, who returned to ImpactAlpha's Returns on Investment podcast for a New Year's check-in on the progress of the "institutional shift" in impact investing. As Dave says, "Everybody loves a list."
January 09, 2019
The Impact Alpha Report: Can Impact be a Driver, Dot a Drag, on Returns?
We ring a bell and joke about taking a drink every time we can work the phrase “impact alpha” into a Returns on Investment podcast. We had to suspend the stunt to discuss a new report,“The Alpha in Impact.” The report pulled back the curtain on 29 investments from 13 funds to demonstrate that impact be a driver of returns, not just a drag. Our roundtable regulars discuss.
December 21, 2018
Climate Signals Blinking Red, a Test for Global Leadership at COP24
As the climate hangs in the balance, policy momentum, investor sentiment and most of all global leadership will be crucial to sustain the global energy transition and, while we’re at it, economic transformation, that are both so urgently needed.
December 10, 2018
Taking Sustainable Investing to the Next Level, Sooner Than Later
In late October 2018 US-SIF released their bi-annual report measuring the size of the impact market. By their calculations, responsible and impact investments now total 12 trillion dollars in the United States - representing a quarter of all US assets under professional management. Can this amount, a 38% increase since 2016, be seen as an unmitigated success? "Not so fast," cautions the ROI roundtable. Listen in to find out why we're not ready to declare impact victory quite yet.
November 28, 2018
Infrastructure Hopes Spring Eternal. What’s Impact Got to Do With It?
When 2019 comes around congress will once again be divided. Could an impact oriented infrastructure bill make it to the president's desk? Our roundtable discusses.
November 14, 2018
Doing Good While Eating and Drinking Well (podcast)
ImpactAlpha’s editor and CEO David Bank and Paul van Zyl talk about impact investing and social entrepreneurship from the Conduit in London.
November 07, 2018
Shining a Spotlight, er, Podcast on the Business of ImpactAlpha Itself
In its daily Brief and on its website, ImpactAlpha writes a lot about the challenges and triumphs of impact entrepreneurs. In this week’s Returns on Invesment podcast, host Brian Walsh put the questions to the company’s own mission-driven entrepreneurs: How’s the business going?
October 29, 2018
Institutional Shift: Impact Investing on the Hot Seat at Global Pension Funds
Join David Bank and Dave Chen as they continue our special series, Institutional Shift. The latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast takes stock of the state of impact investing at pension funds and other large institutional investors.
October 11, 2018
Global Energy Access is an Impact Investment Even Curmudgeons Can Love
Lower-than-expected risk. Higher-than-expected impact. Access to off-grid electricity is emerging as an impact investing success story across the developing world.
September 26, 2018
Beware Cures for ‘Impact-Washing’ That May Be Worse Than the Disease
The impact investing community seems to be in one of its cyclical discussions about who and what should count as impact. The latest Returns on Investment podcast takes up the growing concern about “impact-washing,” the use of impact jargon or marketing to raise money or burnish reputations without delivering real impact or, in some cases, causing negative impacts.
September 10, 2018
Getting to Yes
What will it take for investors to make the big bets? ImpactAlpha’s latest Returns on Investment podcast took on what roundtable regular Imogen Rose-Smith, an investment fellow at the University of California, called “the disconnect between rhetoric and reality.”
August 28, 2018
Will Abraaj’s ambitious global health strategy survive the scandal?
The latest Returns on Investment podcast takes up the case of the $1 billion Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund and impact investing failures more broadly. The health fund, which was pursuing an ambitious effort to build comprehensive healthcare networks in the megacities of the 21st century – think Lagos and Karachi and Mumbai – is now embroiled in the larger scandal that has engulfed Abraaj Group.
July 16, 2018
Can Impact Investments Build Popular Support for Inclusive, Sustainable and, Yes, Global Prosperity?
Impact investing types, it seems, are proud globalists. That optimistic, connected, cross-border approach to challenges, solutions and human relationships puts them in a unique position in this peculiar historic moment when walls are going up and strangers are suspect. At the same time, the essential precondition of investing – having capital to invest – means most investors are largely distant from the lived experience of many of the people their investments are purported to benefit. ImpactAlpha's roundtable regulars take on the contradictions of globalism. (Photo: Top view of 1765 de l'Isle globe A 1765 de l'Isle globe, showing top view. Collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.)
July 02, 2018
The M-word: Investors bring ESG into the material world.
In the latest Returns on Investment podcast, our roundtable regulars take up the April memo from the Department of Labor that tried, albeit weakly, to walk back the Obama-era guidance about how fiduciaries could consider ESG factors.
June 19, 2018
Institutional Shift: Long-term asset owners move to future-proof their portfolios
The obsession with financial returns that for decades kept major institutional investors away is now pushing them towards a serious accounting of environmental risks. Ashby Monk joins Dave Chen, the chair of Equilibrium Capital, and David Bank, editor of Impact Alpha, on this episode of Returns on Investment: Institutional Shift.
June 05, 2018
Lata Reddy: Prudential Financial's Investment in Equity and Inclusion - and Newark
A few years ago the Prudential Foundation committed to reaching a billion dollar impact portfolio by 2020, and they're well on their way to reaching that goal. On this episode of ROI, David Bank sits down with Lata Reddy, the Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact at Prudential Financial and Chair and President of The Prudential Foundation to discuss the impact fund, their place based investing strategy, and the role of mission investing in the fight for social justice.
May 21, 2018
Pain Killers: How Can Impact Investors Help Stop the Opioid Addiction Epidemic?
If impact investors are worth their salt, they’ll soon –– if not soon enough –– come up with a whole raft of investible solutions to the crushing burden of opioid addiction. The problem may have snuck up over the past decade, but there’s no escaping the costs of the crisis now. As many as 23 million addicts in the U.S. More than 64,000 overdose deaths, most of them opioid-related. The annual economic cost: an estimated $193 billion. On this episode of ROI, our panel discusses where impact investors can have a role in tackling the issue of opioid addiction.
May 01, 2018
Should Impact Entrepreneurs Beware the Strategic Corporate Investor?
Corporate venture capital is a thing. And that thing is converging on impact investing. The amount that global corporations put into strategic investments in startup companies last year reached $31 billion across 1800 deals, both all-time records. Today on the podcast David Bank, Imogen Rose-Smith and Brian Walsh discuss Corporate Venture Capital and Impact.
April 18, 2018
Institutional Shift: Pension and Sovereign Funds Come for the Risk Reduction, Stay for the Impact
The billionaires with their family offices command on outsized share of attention from impact fund managers. But, the real dollars, as in trillions, are in the huge pension and sovereign wealth funds around the world. Today on ROI, David Bank speaks with Dave Chen, the head of Equilibrium Capital, about the burgeoning shift towards sustainability and EGS within the world of institutional investors.
April 03, 2018
Which financial innovations will grow from billions to trillions?
A raft of new social-impact and environmental financing vehicle are emerging from labs, incubators and startup funds. By finding inventive ways to monetize social inclusion and environmental regeneration, the new models are "internalizing the positive externalities." Too wonky? Just say "impact alpha." Returns on Investment's resident blue-sky optimist, David Bank, lays bets that the best new ideas will scale up to attract real dollars. Our curmudgeon, Imogen Rose-Smith, is skeptical that many of the impact investment pilots will graduate from the kiddie table and join the adults in the real world of finance. As always, our host Brian Walsh keeps it lively. __________________________________ Support for this Returns on Investment podcast comes from Wunder Capital, an easy way to invest in solar energy projects across the US. With Wunder, you help finance renewable energy and earn up to 7.5% a year. Visit WunderCapital.com/roi. I nvest in solar projects. Do well and do good.
March 22, 2018
#IWD2018: Gender Equity is Not Only the Smart Thing to Do, It's the Right Thing
It has been said that "for impact investing, every day is international women's day." As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to demonstrate their staying power, is it time that impact and finance at large take a closer look at gender equality within firms as well as in their investments? Brian Walsh, Imogen Rose-Smith and David Bank discuss in the latest ROI.
March 08, 2018
The California Model
The whole panel is together in Oakland to discuss whether or not California is charting the way forward for the inclusive economy of the future. The golden state does seem to be ahead on issues such as immigration, climate change, and shared prosperity - but is there a flip side to the coin? Listen in as Imogen Rose Smith, David Bank, and Brian Walsh discuss The California Model.
February 21, 2018
Demystifying Impact Investing
At a recent hosted at the New York offices of the fintech company Liquidnet, in collaboration with the Tristate Area Africa Funders Network, ImpactAlpha’s own David Bank moderated a panel on “Demystifying Impact Investing” featuring Georgia Levenson Keohane of the Pershing Square Foundation, Liz Luckett of TSEF and Brian Trelstad of Bridges Fund Management..
February 06, 2018
BlackRock to corporate CEOs: Get a long-term purpose, stat!
Larry Fink, the CEO of the world largest asset manager, pushed "social purpose" higher on the corporate agenda with his annual letter, warning that every company "must show how it makes a positive contribution to society.” Social activists cheered; activist investors more accustomed to pressuring CEOs for stock buybacks and dividends, groaned. As onetime corporate raider Sam Zell put it, “I didn’t know Larry Fink had been made God.” Our roundtable of Imogen Rose-Smith, Brian Walsh and David Bank pull apart not only Fink's arguments, but the critics' and the cheerleaders' as well.
February 01, 2018
Nature Reduces Risk: How Finance Can Conserve Large-Scale Ecosystems
Natural spaces have long provided financial value to humans, though historically this has been through the process of extracting resources. Now, as scientists better understand the key role that ecosystems play in supporting life on earth, some banks and investors are looking to incentivize the preservation of wild spaces and species. Today on ROI, the panel discusses conservation finance.
January 18, 2018
Rise of the Rest: Is there Impact without Reporting and Measurement?
Steve Case tells The New York Times that his $150 million Rise of the Rest Fund is "not an impact fund." Our Returns on Investment roundtable takes on the contretemps that played out on the pages of ImpactAlpha. Good jobs, overlooked geographies, bottom-up innovation – that sounds like impact. Do funds have to measure (and report)? Who decides? Imogen Rose-Smith, David Bank and Brian Walsh take Rise of the Rest apart (and put it back together again).
December 20, 2017
Impact Investing turns Ten Years Old
In 2007 the term Impact Investing was coined at a Rockefeller Foundation convening in Bellagio. The "framers" put the name to a burgeoning yet broad set of investment strategies being practiced on the margins of traditional finance. On this episode of ROI the panel discusses how the impact community has grown and changed in the past ten years, and where it's headed.
December 06, 2017
Trillion-dollar question: How the World’s Biggest Asset Owners Play the Risks Ahead (podcast)
Imogen Rose-Smith plays cautious realist to David Bank's blue-sky futurist in this heated (but always friendly!) Returns on Investment roundtable. At issue is the role of the world’s biggest asset owners – so-called Universal Owners – in the rotation of capital toward sustainability and inclusion.
November 21, 2017
Tax Hacks: Turning Tax Reform Toward Inclusive Prosperity
As Congress debates tax reform, agents of impact have a chance to 'code' a new tax algorithm.
November 02, 2017
The GIIN's Amit Bouri looks ahead as `impact investing’ turns 10
David Bank chats with Amit Bouri, the founder of the GIIN, about the past ten years of impact investing - and looks forward to the next ten.
October 12, 2017
WTF: An Interview With Tim O'Reilly
On this episode of ROI, David Bank chats with technologist and entrepreneur Tim O'Reilly about his new book WTF: What's the Future, and Why It's Up to Us.
October 10, 2017
A Conversation with Morgan Simon
On this episode of ROI, David Bank chats with Morgan Simon of the Candide Group about her new book "Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change."
October 04, 2017
A Role for Impact in Climate Resilience
Climate change is increasing the size, frequency, and cost of natural disasters. In the past several months alone we've seen the devastating affects of hurricanes, droughts, and monsoons. On today’s show, our panel talks impact investing and climate resilience.
September 21, 2017
Blue Haven: 100% for Impact
Liesel Pritzker-Simmons and Ian Simmons join David Bank for this special episode of ROI, brought to you in partnership with The ImPact, to discuss their 100% for impact fund Blue Haven Initiative.
September 14, 2017
The Innovation Blindspot: A conversation with Ross Baird.
Ross Baird, President of Village Capital, chats with David Bank about his new book "The Innovation Blindspot," why many VC firms are missing out on great investment opportunities, and more.
September 11, 2017
The ImPact in Korea
On this special episode of Returns on Investment, David speaks with Kyungsun Chung, the Founder and CEO of Root Impact, a nonprofit that focuses on building capacity for the social innovation sector in Korea.
July 20, 2017
Impact in Brasil
On this special episode of ROI, we're featuring an interview with Fernando Scodro, a founding member of The ImPact's Brazil chapter.
June 30, 2017
The Future of Business as a Force for Good
On this special edition of Returns on Investment, we're featuring a panel discussion from The Liquidnet for Good 10 Year Anniversary Forum. The conversation focuses on the future of business as a force for good, and is moderated by Daryl Brewster, the CEO of CECP It features insights from Cammie Erickson, a Senior Manager with Linkedin For Good, Jen Field, the Social Impact Director for GLG, and Andy Fyfe of B Lab.
June 29, 2017
What's the Value of Gender Diversity, Anyway?
Uber is reeling due to a series of damning reports about it's corporate culture of misogyny. One potential solution that makes impact investors ears perk up: diversify the board. But, a new study from Katherine Klein of the Wharton School suggests that "the relationship between board gender diversity and company performance is either non-exist (effectively zero) or weakly positive." How do the findings effect the conversation around gender lens investing?
June 28, 2017
ROI Special: The Future of Impact Investing
On this special edition of Returns on Investment, we're featuring a panel discussion from The Liquidnet for Good 10 Year Anniversary Forum. The conversation focuses on the future of impact investing, and is moderated. by Georgia Keohane, the Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation. It features insights from Liz Luckett, the president of TSEF, Brian Trelsted, a partner at Bridges Fund Management, and Daniel Pianko, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures.
June 23, 2017
ROI Special Edition: The Future of Effective Philanthropy
On this special edition of Returns on Investment, we're featuring a panel discussion from The Liquidnet for Good 10 Year Anniversary Forum. The conversation focuses on the future of philanthropy and includes Fay Twersky of the Hewlett Foundation, Dennis Whittle of Feedback Labs, and Blue Meridian's Chuck Harris. The moderator is business and philanthropy journalist Mark Gunther.
June 20, 2017
Impact Investing's Annual Report Card
Each year The GIIN releases their Impact Investor survey. Our panel sees some reasons for optimism in the report. But, is impact growing at a fast enough clip to tackle the challenges it's staked for itself?
June 08, 2017
Unpacking the Sustainable Development Goals
Back in 2015, U.N. leaders adopted a set of 17 targets describing what the world should look like in 2030. The goals are highly ambitious, calling for solutions to climate change and poverty, as well as huge conservation targets and a revamping of the global agricultural system. A lot has happened on the geopolitical stage in the past years, but the SDGs, as they're called (to Imogen's chagrin), are still on the table. Has progress been made? Find out on this episode of Returns on Investment.
May 22, 2017
Get the Hippies Out of Impact?
TPG Capital is moving into the impact world in a big way with a new 2 billion dollar fund. Bono, the famous face of the new fund, turned heads with some controversial comments at The Skoll World Forum. Are the impact investors of the past big hippies who aren't real investors? Is TPG about to change the game?
May 11, 2017
Big Shift at Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation president, Darren Walker, broke through a barrier of sorts recently with the announcement the foundation would commit $1 billion from its roughly $14 billion endowment to so-called mission-related investments. In the latest Returns on Investment podcast, our roundtable takes on the question of just how significant Ford’s announcement really was. Will it help unlock many more billions for high-impact investments? Will it change how foundations think about deploying their capital? Can it help change the structure of the financial markets themselves?
April 28, 2017
Risk and Impact
Risk. Is it a board game focused on world domination, a fundamental consideration when allocating capital, or both? We focus on the latter this week, and explore how the impact community approaches issues surrounding risk and opportunity.
April 10, 2017
Can Impact Scale?
The pace of growth in the impact sector is up, but the amount of capital managed by impact investors is a drop in the bucket of the overall capital markets. What will it take to get the level of investment up to the scale of addressing the great challenges of the 21st century?
March 22, 2017
Is Cleantech Still a Dirty Word for Investors?
New data shows that global investment in renewable energies fell between 2015 and 2016. Is the world dropping the ball on the sustainability transition, or is there more to these numbers?
February 21, 2017
Affordable Housing and Impact
Since the financial crisis, private equity firms have taken over the housing market. How can impact have an effect in this critical part of the economy?
January 18, 2017
Climate in the era of Trump
The panel discusses what a Trump administration could mean for climate action and the impact world.
December 25, 2016
President Trump and the Impact Economy
What will the Trump presidency mean for the Impact economy? Our panel discusses.
December 11, 2016
Madam President and the Impact Economy
What will a Clinton Presidency mean for Impact Investing?
October 31, 2016
The ROI Panel get's geared up for COP22 Marrakech, and climate finance.
October 06, 2016
Agent of Impact: Michael Wilkerson
David chats with the head of Tugende, a social enterprise in Uganda that is battling poverty through lease to own agreements.
September 28, 2016
The panel gives their take on SOCAP - what it is, where it's come from, and what it can be.
September 21, 2016
The Panel discusses how animals - as food, their welfare, biodiversity, and designer pets - fit into the impact discussion.
September 06, 2016
'Brexit' Lays Down Challenge for Impact Investors
What does the nativist isolationism represented by Brexit and Trump mean for the Impact movement?
August 10, 2016
Will millennial's be the force that makes impact investing the norm? The ROI panel discusses. Plus, is Donald Trump an impact businessman?
June 22, 2016
The ImPact's Abigail Noble | Impact Alpha's ROI
David chats with Abigail Noble about her new nonprofit, The ImPact.
June 16, 2016
Laura Callanan & The Surprise Social Entrepreneur| Impact Alpha's ROI
Should artists be considered social entrepreneurs? If so, how can impact investors best support them? An interview with Laura Callanan of Upstart Co-Lab
June 07, 2016
Reflecting on Mission Investors Exchange '16 | Impact Alpha's ROI
The ROI panel discusses this year's Mission Investors Exchange.
May 25, 2016
Emily Stone | Impact Alpha's ROI
David chats with Emily Stone, CEO and Co-Founder of Uncommon Cacao, about her experience as a social entrepreneur.
May 17, 2016
Chicago Model | Impact Alpha's ROI
The ROI panel discusses a new collaborative $100 million fund to finance education and child care, healthy food and affordable housing, and energy conservation and jobs in Chicago.
May 05, 2016
Manuel Lewin | Impact Alpha's Returns on Investment
David Bank speaks with Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. about the Paris climate agreement, the challenges facing asset managers looking to invest with an eye towards climate risk, and how to overcome the challenges of responsible investing
April 13, 2016
Infrastructure! | Impact Alpha's ROI
On today’s show, the ROI Panel is talking infrastructure. Join Brian Walsh, Imogen Rose-Smith, and David Bank for a discussion about the huge economic and social opportunities for impact and institutional investors in infrastructure.
April 07, 2016
Clara Miller - All In For Impact | Impact Alpha's ROI
In 2012, the F.B. Heron Foundation made waves by setting a goal to mission-align 100% of it's $300 million in assets by 2017. Now, in "Building a Foundation for the 21st Century," Clara Miller - president of Heron - has called for the rest of the field to follow suit. This week on ROI we're featuring an interview with Clara.
March 09, 2016
Revolution!? | Impact Alpha's ROI
Dennis Price files a report from Merida, where Sir Ronald Cohen has called for new policies to facilitate the Impact Investing "revolution." The ROI panel discusses.
March 01, 2016
Tackling The Pioneer Gap With Cathy Clark | Impact Alpha's ROI
On this episode of ROI, David Bank chats with Cathy Clark, of Duke University, about bridging the pioneer gap.
February 16, 2016
Sistema Biobolsa | Impact Alpha's ROI
This week, we feature an interview with Alex Eaton, the head of Sistema Biobolsa, a technology company that works to reduce agricultural waste by converting it to fuel and fertilizer.
February 03, 2016
The Global Slowdown And Impact Investing | Impact Alpha's ROI
The ROI panel discusses what the market's historically bad start to the year means for the impact community.
January 27, 2016
Gender Lenses Investing With Suzanne Biegel | Impact Alpha's ROI
Suzanne and David dive deep into the gender lens as an important investment proposition.
January 19, 2016
COP21 | Impact Alpha's ROI
The ROI Panel discusses the news from Paris and what it means for investors.
December 18, 2015
Chan Zuckerberg LLC | Impact Alpha's ROI
Brian Walsh, David Bank, and Imogen Rose-Smith discuss the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the backlash to its LLC status.
December 12, 2015
Dave Chen | Impact Alpha's ROI
Dave Chen of Equilibrium Capital chats with David Bank about Equilibrium Capital's investment proposition: that sustainable real assets are a great bet for institutional investors.
November 16, 2015
Erika Karp // Volkswagen | Impact Alpha's ROI
Our panel discusses the Volkswagen scandal and what it means for impact investing. Plus, David discusses ESG investing with Erika Karp of Cornerstone Capital Group.
November 09, 2015
Nancy Pfund + Too Much Money in Impact? | Impact Alpha's ROI
Nancy Pfund discusses DBL's new $400 million impact fund, as well as their ongoing investments in Tesla, Solar City, and Pandora. And, our panel debates whether or not there's too much money in Impact.
November 02, 2015