Posts Tagged social enterprise

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: 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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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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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 2

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern To pick up at the last blog post on monitoring and evaluation issues addressed during SOCAP Europe, the list of challenges brought up by participants in these panels illustrated the implementation issues […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 1

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern SOCAP Europe did a great job of highlighting the evolving world of metrics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E). At Tuesday’s “Three Bridges to Capital” panel and Wednesday’s European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) workshop, […]

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McKinsey on Developing World Cities Highlights the Urban Investment Gap

McKinsey’s latest on cities, Urban World: Mapping the Power of Cities, is a must-read for anyone interested in the potential for urban impact investment in the developing world. The massive shift highlighted in this document is not in the urban reality of our world, but rather how […]

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Thoughts on SOCAP10 from the Urban Investment Perspective, Part 1

 SOCAP10 is long over now, but a week back now, but observations and thoughts are even more appropriate now that the messages and conversations have sunk in and many first round follow-ups are done. Socap is one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. To put […]

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