Impact assets still fall far short of today's pressing social needs. We need a major mindset shift in impact investing – and we need to trust our unstoppable social entrepreneurs to do what they do best.
INTERVIEW: How do you ensure that the money shareholders make from investing in your business is used for positive impact? A pioneering ‘equity for good’ deal backed by Heineken and Paul Polman aims to avoid unintended negative consequences.
Smallholder farming can be a thankless way to make a living. To boost incomes, social enterprise Nuup connects farmers with a whole range of players while making regenerative techniques more accessible. And it wants others to steal its best ideas.
The institute launches this week in Brussels, together with landmark research on the Belgian market to kickstart Impact Week, which also includes the Ashoka Changemaker Summit and EVPA’s conference and C-Summit.
The changemaking bug often starts early in life – and the earlier the start, the bigger the ambition, according to Ashoka research. All the more important for adults to be ‘non-controlling allies’ who encourage the innovators of the future.
New data from 800 Ashoka fellows – ‘world’s best focus group’ of social entrepreneurs globally – pinpoints 11 strategies for changing systems, including helping others to develop their own identity as a ‘changemaker’.
Global leads on diversity, equity and inclusion – including from eBay and Bad Robot – tell the Ashoka Changemaker Summit that no-one is an expert and learning from diverse groups and people's lived experiences is the only path ahead.