38 episodes

On Money and Meaning, we expand the conversation around impact investing, strategies to finance & support social change, unlikely partnerships across sectors, and how to utilize the tools of the capital markets for a greater good.

Money and Meaning SOCAP (Social Capital Markets)

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On Money and Meaning, we expand the conversation around impact investing, strategies to finance & support social change, unlikely partnerships across sectors, and how to utilize the tools of the capital markets for a greater good.

    Investing in the Creative Economy

    Investing in the Creative Economy

    Laura Callanan and her organization Upstart Co-Lab are working to convince investors that they have a tremendous opportunity to drive impact through investments in the arts, culture, and heritage-based businesses that make up the creative economy. Souls Grown Deep is a Foundation and Community Partnership dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the cultural traditions and work of African American artists from the South. Under the leadership of Maxwell Anderson, Souls Grown Deep has partnered with Upstart Co-Lab to invest $1M in opportunities that align with their mission. On this episode, Lindsay Smalling interviews Callanan and Anderson about their partnership and the opportunities that creative lens investing offers for investors, museums, creatives, and communities.

    • 45 min
    Highlights from the SOCAP19 Main Stage

    Highlights from the SOCAP19 Main Stage

    For the final episode of 2019, we bring you highlights from the SOCAP19 mainstage. The theme that ties each of this episode’s featured highlights together is that they all demonstrate the power of cross-sector collaboration. The clips highlight examples of ways that leaders from across the global marketplace have been working together in innovative ways to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.

    Featured Voices:
    Neville Crawley of Kiva with Helen Avery of Euromoney
    Bonnie Glick of USAID with David Bohigian of OPIC
    Kat Taylor of Beneficial State Bank with Tim Freundlich of ImpactAssets
    Susan Taylor Batten of ABFE with Rip Rapson of the Kresge Foundation

    • 39 min
    Lessons Impact Investing Can Learn from Microfinance - Live

    Lessons Impact Investing Can Learn from Microfinance - Live

    The evolution of microfinance from radical idea to global industry was surprisingly fast, sometimes messy, and filled with successes and failures. Despite numerous challenges, microfinance grew into a global industry that has helped lift millions of people out of poverty. As impact investing continues to move into the mainstream, what can the industry learn from the early days of microfinance? This week’s episode, recorded live at SOCAP19, features a panel of leading microfinance experts and practitioners who share lessons they learned and offer insights into the current state, and potential future, of impact investing.

    Featured voices:
    Geoff Davis of Cicero Impact Capital
    Johanna Posada of Elevar Equity
    Arun Sharma of International Finance Corporation
    Monica Brand Engel of Quona Capital

    • 47 min
    Investing in Workforce Tech

    Investing in Workforce Tech

    Though no one can predict exactly how automation, robotics, and other emerging technologies will shape the future of work, we can be sure that workers will need to be able to quickly learn new skills in order to compete. In this episode, you’ll hear Jean Shia, Head of Portfolio and Investment at Autodesk Foundation, lead a SOCAP19 panel discussion among active investors in workforce tech. Each expert shares their unique approach to investing in the future of work, data and trends that are driving their strategies, and the solutions they are investing in to help ensure that workers are not left behind.

    Panelists:
    Jean Shia, Autodesk Foundation
    Amon Anderson, Acumen America
    Jason Palmer, New Markets Venture Partners
    Sonali Kothari, ETF@JFFLabs
    Elizabeth Garlow, Lumina Impact Ventures

    • 45 min
    Racial Equity, Social Justice, and Political Power

    Racial Equity, Social Justice, and Political Power

    In this episode, Javier Torres of the Surdna Foundation leads a conversation on what it will take to achieve racial equity with Black Lives Matter co-creator and Principal of the Black Futures Lab Alicia Garza and Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change. They discuss how, in order to achieve real, lasting change, the conversation must move beyond income and wealth disparity and begin to address disparities in power. They also share personal stories of why they do the work they do, how they are contextualizing their work in the current political climate, and what they want listeners to think, feel, and do after listening to this conversation.

    • 55 min
    Fran Seegull on the Growth of Impact Investing

    Fran Seegull on the Growth of Impact Investing

    Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, an organization spun out of the G7 Social Impact Investment Taskforce to raise awareness and grow demand for impact investing across America. In this episode, Lindsay Smalling has a conversation with Seegull that offers insight into the history and growth of the field, including many of the most important watershed moments and policy landmarks, and offers her perspective on the mainstreaming of impact investing. She also discusses both critiques of the field and the recent Business Roundtable announcement expanding the purpose of a corporation to be about serving all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

Dr. Randolph Scott ,

Loving socap!

Great to see this podcast come together. The 365 series is one of the best in impact investing and this brings it home!

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