Category Archives: General Commentary

Mega-trending towards zero – what next?

Three long-term economic trends all point towards zero: 1) official interest rates; 2) dividends from stock markets (as a proportion of total returns); and 3) economic growth rates. What are the potential consequences for our economic model if these mega-trends … Continue reading

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What is a market-rate of return on our data?

To find the answer, we need to go back to the origin of the word “data”. ‘Etymology can give a startling new perspective on many of the phrases we frequently toss around in business’, says Gillian Tett in her FT … Continue reading

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Coining the terms ‘HEAVYreturns’ and ‘Enumeme’

Money, finance and capital markets are social constructs that have ostensibly evolved for societal purpose. Yet paradoxically finance and enterprises that intentionally target social returns need to be prefixed with the word ‘social’ (sometimes ‘impact’, sometimes ‘social impact’) to make … Continue reading

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‘X’ Capitalism…fixing capitalism with capitalism

Below are the slides of the keynote address that I gave at the 9th Annual Social Responsibility Forum, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain). If the presentation does not load, you can find the original here.

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Words & All: My Live TV Interview on BBC World News

Because one always wants to remember the first time – below is a transcript of my first live TV interview. I was asked to explain social enterprise, social investment and EngagedX in 2 minutes…

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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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