Posts Tagged urban investment

SCA Urban Investment Theme #1: Are Smart Cities Smart Investments?

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In coming weeks, our blog will be looking at Smart Cities Advisors’ 2014 urban investment themes in emerging and developing markets. SCA is all about urban impact investment and social enterprise in developing countries – still an early concept, still developing, but urgent, inevitable and promising. Our 2014 […]

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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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“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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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 Panel Preview: Greg Giornelli, Purpose Built Communities

Greg Giornelli is President and COO of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, GA that supports holistic community redevelopment focusing on mixed-income housing strategy, cradle-to-college education, and supportive services.   Through their Purpose Built Communities Network, they provide guidance and technical assistance to foundations, community […]

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Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa – Mexican Housing Day 2011

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The eighth annual Mexican Housing Day (February 10, 2011) in New York City and London gave the government, financial institutions and publicly listed (not the vast majority of unlisted developers and builders) housing developers a chance to crow about […]

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Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Business Models and Social Fabrics Too

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The new report from Harvard Business School* (January 22, 2011) entitled “Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future?” As interest turns to responses to urbanization, especially in rapid growth developing countries, a number of analytical frameworks have […]

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