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

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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. But this discourse risks being divisive and self-defeating. Does this complexity actually attract or repel new investors from engaging in this exciting market?

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Evidence Submission – UK Parlimentary Commission on Banking Standards

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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 be learned about corporate governance, transparency and conflicts of interest, and their implications for regulation and for Government policy and to make recommendations for legislative and other action

A copy of my evidence submission 8 February 2013 is published below, read the invitation from the Commission to submit here.

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