News and Views

  • Elitist language, dated PR and poor positioning: what NGO communications gets wrong

    Boss of communications giant Edelman tells social innovators of Catalyst 2030 that civil society organisations have done a “poor job of positioning themselves” and rely on outdated PR methods – insufficient in an age of distrust.

  • Creative, resilient and innovative: why governments can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the informal economy

    Millions of craftspeople and artists work in the informal economy. Now is the time to explore how to support them better, believe campaigners, so more people can enjoy good, secure jobs while they bring vibrancy and stability to their communities.

  • Visa Foundation makes multi-million dollar investment to “push boundaries” of gender-lens investing

    Visa’s philanthropic arm to become anchor investor in the Beacon Fund, which invests in underserved, women-led small businesses in South East Asia and aims to grow to US$100m by next year.

  • Beware the VC danger point, Kate Raworth warns impact startups

    The doughnut economics creator says too many impact startups are turned into mainstream companies under pressure of venture capital investors – we report from the ChangeNOW conference in Paris last week.

  • ‘Let’s unleash full potential of social economy’, World Economic Forum leaders urged at Davos

    The power of the social economy to address global crises will be pushed on to the agenda of the World Economic Forum this week, as a landmark report is presented to global leaders when they meet in Davos.

  • From billions to trillions: finding the funding to address the world’s biggest challenges

    There is growing wealth in Asia which could tackle head-on the world’s deepest problems. As the G20 comes to Indonesia then India, Asian leaders are seizing the moment to highlight their ideas for how to boost investments for positive change.