DATA UNLOCKS CAPITAL – WHY SOCIAL INVESTMENT AND IMPACT INVESTING NEED DATA AND WHY IT IS A PRIORITY

Great article by my co-founder Rupert Evenett explaining why we’re passionate about creating EngagedX.

Normative Capital - On Social Investment, Finance for Social Purpose and the Role of the City

Data unlocks capital.

Data sets the risk and return expectations for providers of capital and thus provides the basis on which the provision of capital for social investment and impact investing can be scaled. Data gives a baseline for social investment and enables pricing for risk and return. Data shows how social investment and impact investing fits into modern portfolio construction compared with other investments and investment classes. Data signposts to front line organisations what sort of capital investments are available and on what terms. Data benchmarks success and investment readiness in social investment and impact investing – providing case studies and the aggregated investment characteristics of success. This helps new and existing investors to understand the drivers of social investment performance. Data identifies social investment gaps and opportunities – making the market more efficient and maximising public benefit. Data maps social investment. Data supports local as well as national…

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

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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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The Welfare State is dead – long live the Kinky State

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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. Kinky as in ‘crinkled’ and ‘intertwined’ and ‘complex’ and ‘strikingly unconventional’. Kinky like talk about the rise of smart power in a multi-polar world – because this is the new practical reality, not because the laissez-faire types won the ideological debate about the size of the state. Quite the contrary, it’s dangerous to mistake coincidence for causality.

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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

Tank Man Due Process Please– 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
Hon Chuka Umunna MP

cc    Mayor Boris Johnson
.      Darren Johnson AM

CONCERNS ABOUT PROCESS IN THE LAND DEAL THAT IS PART OF THE ZHONGRONG GROUP’S PROPOSAL IN CRYSTAL PALACE

Dear Dame Tessa, Mr Dowd, Mr Reed and Mr Umunna,

We are writing to you, as residents in your respective constituencies, about our concerns regarding the land deal that is currently being negotiated as part of the ZhongRong Group’s (ZRG) proposal for a new Crystal Palace building. Specifically we are seeking your guidance about the appropriateness of the current process for the potential disposal of Metropolitan Open Land by a Local Authority to a private organisation for development. Continue reading

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A new Crystal Palace: phoenix rising or setting sun?

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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 Boris Johnson and Chinese billionaire Mr Ni Zhaoxing announced plans by Mr Ni’s ZhongRong Group to resurrect the Victorian Crystal Palace. News of the scheme has for some time been leaking disorderly via the media – a PR faux pas without question.

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

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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 it was franked by the Buckingham Palace post office. 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 financial returns, while organisations that historically relied on grants look for alternative sources of funding without losing sight of their social purpose.

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