The assumption that growth can go on forever is embedded in traditional investment thinking and even in most impact investments despite clear evidence of financial and ecological overshoot. We’re exceeding the limits of both systems and we need to re-negotiate and navigate that reality in a constructive way. That means examining our underlying assumptions and replacing them with a new investment framework that is fresh, gutsy, constructive, focused, and honest. Please join us as we explore an approach to investing that takes us both back to the basics and into the future.
Taking crowdfunding from concept to the law of the land was a huge task. Formerly just a game for the rich, democratizing investment could create huge opportunities for startups and small businesses and the funding platforms that make it happen.
As the impact investment market has developed, the community has grappled with the question of compromising some objectives for others. The old way of looking at investing for impact was based on a framework of trade-offs: discounts on rates of return in order to achieve a positive social or environmental impact. Now, impact investors are changing the conversation. Theyre more interested in addressing their impact goals, and then putting their resources to work to achieve their goals.
BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) and RSF Social Finance are two organizations positioned at the center of the enormous (and growing) resilient local economies movement. But a cultural and economic shift of this magnitude is going to take much greater, sustained leadership from the investment and philanthropic communities. Join this session as we explore the challenge – and opportunity – of our lifetime.