Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Can Impact Angels Bridge the Gap in Social Funding?

This FT article with a profile of Suzanne Biegel updates the state of social enterprise financing and the important role impact angel investors can play.  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/47af39ba-90b9-11e2-862b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ONuHiaMD

Monday, March 25, 2013

As a member of Freelancers Union since 2003, I am pleased to see its success and growth.  This quote seems to sum it up: “It reminds me of the old guilds” — the precursors of modern-day labor unions — “that focused on workers’ individual autonomy, trying to build their own careers, with the backing of a collective organization to assist them,” says Janice R. Fine, a professor of employment relations at Rutgers University.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Belly Tranches and The Big Whale

The fact that the US government wants us to subsidize the big banks while applying the "too big to jail" principle, makes this story about the hubris and incompetence of JP Morgan's risk management essential reading.

Are We Living in a Material World?

David Brooks as well as The Economist are talking about the importance of natural resources and agriculture for the US economy.   The US reduction in carbon emissions has been driven by the Great Recession as well as a dramatic shift into natural gas from coal and oil.  How can we start to reconcile these forces with the call to divest from fossil fuels?
Article | The Real Winners Of The Global Economy: The Material Boys

CT News Junkie | OP-ED | The Delivery of Social Services Can Save Money

Brian O'Shaughnessy of Community Impact Strategies makes an important call to action for social impact bonds in Connecticut.  I was at the meeting in Hartford and I hope that the energy in the room in December can actually create some real change. 
CT News Junkie | OP-ED | The Delivery of Social Services Can Save Money

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Lesson in How to Present Statistics in a Compelling Way


Are We More Than Digital Breadcrumbs?

Data-Driven Societies:
A snippet in the NYT about an M.I.T. Media Lab Conference on the Data-Driven Society introduced me to Alex Pentland and his thoughts on how we can now capture the difference between our beliefs and our actual behavior. These "micro-patterns" have profound implications when we try to apply them. A great thought piece for those thinking about systems change through structures such as social impact bonds and fields like microfinance.  http://www.edge.org/conversation/reinventing-society-in-the-wake-of-big-data