Impact investments are a response to investor demand; to a moral hunger for their money to do more than just make money. A desire for their money, their investable dollars, do some good. There is not enough philanthropic dollars to meet the challenges the world is facing. The market is the most efficient delivery vehicle of value. I want the market to deliver blended value; a mix of financial, social and environmental return, but also those things you would give to, that you would pay for and that you would invest your dollars and your hope in. The fact that an eight year old can walk two blocks, around a corner to get a Popsicle, walking by clean streams, whether she’s in the inner city or a suburb. The knowledge that your children have a chance at a better future. Impact investing is in service of blended value. It arose out of the demand created by a moral hunger for people’s money to do more than just make money.
Author: Kevin Joneshttp://www.socialcapitalmarkets.net
Kevin Jones creates information businesses inside emerging markets. He believes that markets emerge in conversation, as people try to explain and understand value. But this market is not like others heâ€™s been in, and thatâ€™s what makes it more interesting and more important. The social capital market adds the dimension of impact, what your money actually does in the world before it comes back to you as a gain or loss, to the traditional risk and reward investment equation. Looking at impact is what has enabled SOCAP to be at the vital intersection of money and meaning, Kevin said. Besides SOCAP, Kevin is founder of Good Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in social enterprises. He is also part of the team launching the first U.S. node of the Hub, a network of more than a dozen work spaces for social entrepreneurs in cities across the world from Cairo to London. His previous six businesses all achieved market dominance before he left or sold them. As a journalist, he has been a columnist for Forbes and Business 2.0 magazines. Early in his career as a journalist his reporting sent a sheriff to prison on 53 counts of fraud. He has been on the boards of Social Enterprise Alliance, the association of non profit social enterprises, and Social Venture Partners International, a network of engaged philanthropy circles. Kevin also led a malaria project in Zwaziland and Mozambique, working with Jeff Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Finally, during his 20 year business career in Mississippi he was heavily involved in public school advocacy. He twitters @kevindoylejones.