Author Archives: Karl H Richter

The Welfare State is dead – long live the Kinky State

I don’t mean the type of adulterous scooter socialism enjoyed by French President Francois Hollande – I mean an agile and nimble State that is deftly able to do more with less. Kinky like an inflection point in a trend line. … Continue reading

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Open letter: Concerns about process in the land deal that is part of the ZhongRong Group’s proposal in Crystal Palace

– If you agree with this letter, then please sign the petition here – Open Letter from Residents in the Crystal Palace area 17 January 2014 Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP Hon Jim Dowd MP Hon Steve Reed MP … Continue reading

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A new Crystal Palace: phoenix rising or setting sun?

Local residents ‘outside the tent’. Photo: Sarah Glover. Local residents, who were excluded from a media conference in Crystal Palace Park, pressed their ears to the windows so that they could hear what was being said. On 3 Oct 2013, London Mayor … Continue reading

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A royal visit in pictures – hosting HRH the Duke of Gloucester in the Crystal Palace Subway

To prove that Royal Mail takes ROYAL MAIL very seriously: The Duke’s office kindly sent a letter of thanks to the Subway team. Any regular letter would have had practically no chance of finding us – but this one did because … Continue reading

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How to accelerate social investment – my interview/ podcast for Cambridge University, Judge Business School

Discussing the opportunities and challenges of bringing together finance and social investment. Social investment is still a small market segment but has tremendous potential. There are more investors who are looking for projects that can deliver both social impact and … Continue reading

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The fancy names aren’t helping – let’s call it investment and get on with doing it properly

The extent of debate (and often disagreement) about the definition of social impact investment is fascinating – exploring in great depth the nuances and prerequisite principles for investing in a way that seeks both positive social outcomes and financial returns. … Continue reading

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Evidence Submission – UK Parlimentary Commission on Banking Standards

The Commission on Banking Standards is appointed by both Houses of Parliament to consider and report on: professional standards and culture of the UK banking sector, taking account of regulatory and competition investigations into the LIBOR rate-setting process lessons to … Continue reading

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Osborne’s 2013 Budget for the UK – giving love a chance?

A committed fiscal conservative like UK Chancellor George Osborne was never going to deviate from Government’s hard-wired policy of austerity. Nobody really expected a change of course in his 2013 Budget, not even after his recent humiliation by Moody’s downgrade … Continue reading

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World’s first financial index for impact investing unveiled

Press release: 11 December 2012, London (reblogged here 12 Dec) Engaged Investment has launched a pilot to test the creation of the world’s first investment index for the growing emerging market of social investment (‘impact investing’, as it is called … Continue reading

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Impact Measurement – A conceptual framework

Tomorrow (5 Dec) in Brussels I will be presenting my views on the impact measurement discourse at a conference on “Measuring the Social Impact of Social Enterprises”. My approach will be to explore how to frame the discussion in the … Continue reading

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