Category Archives: General Commentary

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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Global Impact Economy Forum. US State Dept, Washington DC, 26 & 27 April 2012

I recently went to Washington to learn about the new global impact economy being advocated by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and specifically to find out whether it is aligned with social business and social investment initiatives in Europe. … Continue reading

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Global Instruments of Finance and the Folly of Economic Growth (Part 1)

Is the social usefulness of financial instruments misunderstood in a similar way to how, in the darkness, the aspiring animal musicians in the folktale Town Musicians of Bremen are mistaken for being a witch? Financial language is confusing at the … Continue reading

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Press release: Making Good in Social Impact Investment

Thursday 6th October 2011 UK at watershed moment for social impact investing with potential to be global leader Social impact investment has the potential to evolve from being an emerging market to a very large, mature investment market attracting mainstream … Continue reading

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England riots: what drives people into the streets

The underlying reasons for this apparent feral behaviour are complex and individual motivations will vary, but there are some underlying psychological themes which may help us understand why the rioting was so contagious and why so many people were compelled … Continue reading

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Taskforce for a European social investment bank/ fund/ facility

The Taskforce for a European social investment bank/ fund/ facility will be launched in Krakow, September 2011 (organised in cooperation with the Euclid Network (of European civil society professionals))

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Is social investing the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vickers Report?

Social investing (equivalent to impact investing) encompasses such an increasingly broad range of financial activities and products, that some of it may be considered investment banking for the social sector. Examples include Social Impact Bonds and the sophisticate structured funds … Continue reading

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The New Economy, Money and the Meaning of Life – not a Monty Python sketch

Featuring Charles Darwin, Ayrton Senna, Strawberry Fields, Steven Hawking, Shaka (King of the Zulus), Steve Wozniak and Karl Marx. There is a healthy dose of blue-sky thinking in this article. I have included some provocative thoughts in the spirit of … Continue reading

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