Anna Patton is associate editor and training lead at Pioneers Post, following five years as managing editor.
She previously worked for 10 years as a freelance journalist, writer/editor and communications specialist. With a focus on international development and social enterprise, Anna has also worked in-house at international organisations including Euclid Network, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and British Council, as well as for a Brussels-based communications agency. She ran the communications of the Belgian government's aid work in Tanzania for a year, and has led community/youth media projects in Uganda and Kenya as well as with the youth charity Exposure in north London.
Anna is a Fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise programme, and an accredited trainer of solutions journalism.
Brazilian historians call on impact investors to help prevent the “erasing” of history – and on corporates to lead the way towards racial equity. We report from day one of the Latimpacto annual conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Legal action accusing a US venture capital fund of racial discrimination, because it invests in Black women business owners, prompts anger – and raises questions about the future of race-based policies.
Fairphone sold over 100,000 phones last year in 16 countries. But can the disruptor brand keep up with the industry giants? CFO Noud Tillemans tells us why brand awareness is now crucial – and how recent impact investment will play a part.
Just 15% of impact investors compare impact results with peers, according to wide-ranging research from GIIN – which calls on individual investors to show “leadership” and “share impact data at scale”.
A toy maker, a ceramics business and a branding-savvy “social concept store” are all helping to raise public awareness of social enterprise in the Georgian capital – and challenging the notion that buying social means compromising on quality.
Young journalists discuss media as a “weapon” in our latest workshops; plus, kicking off our Brussels Briefing series, and the social investors writing their investees' applications – highlights this week at Pioneers Post.
The EU's eastern and southern neighbours gather in Tbilisi to trade their best ideas for developing a nascent impact economy, backed by a “huge” European Commission presence. Plus, we meet the “human switchboard”, Suzanne Biegel.
Her friends consider her an “exceptional connector”, with crazy ideas ahead of her time. As she comes to terms with cancer, the gender-lens investing champion is more impatient than ever – but her legacy project, she tells us, is also a source of joy.