As social investment network AVPN turns 10, its first Asian boss explains how she's translating the foreign concept of venture philanthropy, why the “cloak of joint decision-making” is so powerful – and why she was an unlikely candidate for CEO.
Millions of people need but can’t afford an air purifier. But a social entrepreneur, who just “happened to be in Beijing breathing dirty air”, decided to set off to understand the science, build his own devices and bust the myth that clean air had to be expensive.
How do you fight India’s deadly wave of Covid-19 cases – and the widespread poverty expected in its wake? By doubling down on decentralised energy, says Harish Hande – speaking to Pioneers Post from a Bangalore ‘war room’.
PLUS: A first crowdfunded impact bond Israel and a new ‘career impact bond’ for American students; MacArthur Foundation’s catalytic capital investment; new climate fund from Aberdeen Standard and Big Issue Group, and more.
Sewing machines and micro-savings groups are just some of the tools used by social enterprises to create community cohesion and keep people healthy. Such innovations could help us redesign a resilient health system that starts at home, say experts.
Can philanthropy tackle the root causes of climate change and inequality? Laudes Foundation CEO Leslie Johnston thinks so. The second in our series profiling European leaders in corporate philanthropy.