Posts Tagged impact investment

JESSICA’s Vision for Smart Cities: Investment Funds for a Sustainable Urban Future (Part 1)

With research and writing assistance from Ben Falber, Smart Cities Advisors fellow in Summer and Fall 2011 Our previous blog post on urban impact investment funds, Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program, looked at the EU’s evolving JESSICA initiative as a promising […]

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Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program

Sustainable cities have become a high profile global issue, no longer a luxury of the developed world and increasingly a source of urgency in the developing world. My fellowship at Smart Cities Advisors has illustrated how dialogue, policy and capital often don’t connect. Even so, it’s clear […]

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Designers Give A Damn But Does The Money? Yes!

Architecture for Humanity has now posted sign-like-you-give-a-damn-live”>updates and media files from Design Like You Give A Damn: Live! DLYGAD Live unites designers, architects, planners, community based NGOs, public sector practitioners and a few investors to reflect on smart, responsive, inclusive design in marginalized communities. In this alone, it achieves what few […]

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Inclusive and Urban – Design With The Other 90%: Cities

Innovative responses to the complex challenge of urban poverty, Design With the Other 90%: Cities, are on exhibition in at the United Nations Headquarters lobby. By merely choosing to exhibit “concrete” improvements in the livelihoods of the world’s poor, The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibit breathes […]

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Iqbal Quadir Got Me Thinking… How Can a House Be a Cow?

Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Microfinance Club of New York’s panel with Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Firas Ahmad, Director of Emergence Bioenergy, moderator Duncan Goldie Scot, Director of Musoni and Mission Markets, […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: New Faces, Shared Spaces in Urban Investing (Part 2)

One of the wonderful things about SOCAP is that entrepreneurs, investors, companies, NGOs, researchers and students from diverse universes can come together to share ideas, solve problems and co-create. For me, it meant connecting with folks not just in housing and urban investment but also in parallel, […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: Urban Housing and Infrastructure (Part 1)

Hard to believe it’s been two weeks since SOCAP11 – the conversations following our panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment” continue and are generating insights into how social enterprise, impact investment and housing/urban investment intersect (and don’t yet). Many of us […]

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Pushing Past Policy- Valerie Stahl’s Summer Intern Experience

As a graduate student at Sciences Po in Paris about to enter my second year of tackling the task of “governing the large metropolis,” I tend to take a very governance-based, policy-minded outlook to my research, writing, and general observations regarding urban issues. Until this summer, the […]

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Investing in Knowledge: Karen’s Takeaways from the Summer

I am sincerely grateful to have spent these past four months supporting the work at Smart Cities Advisors.  Lenora introduced me to the space of social enterprise and impact investing – a movement aligning profit with purpose, and directing market mechanisms toward social impact.  What I take […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 3

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern Picking up from the last post, this monitoring and evaluation topic was an example of one of SOCAP’s great hallmarks – the participatory and interactive process of “figuring it out.” The conclusions […]

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