Weekly News Roundup: Impact Investing, Smart Devices, and Social Change

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, I have created this post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you have an article, or event, that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.


Champions of Impact Investing – Barrons
While impact investing, and impact investors, has been a topic for some time, the reality is that there have been few transactions to date. Through this article though, you will gain an understanding of some of the personalities and the infrastructure that are behind what I believe will ultimate bring “the movement” into full force.


Smart device gives elderly and disabled more time to cross Hong Kong’s busy streets – SCMP

With many of Asia’s cities greying, there are a lot of daily challenges that cities will face in supporting this population. In HK, that means testing a system that will slow traffic down so that the elderly can safely cross the road.


Al Gore: sustainability is history’s biggest investment opportunity –

While an Inconvenient Truth is what many will know Al Gore for, his work through his fund (Generation Investment Management) is something that I believe will help build the business case for sustainable investing. While small in size, the fund has produced well above average returns through their selection process and interest in taking on active board positions. This article provides some insights into his mindset and process.


Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change

More than a hour in length, this candid fireside chat with Chamath Palihapitiya at Stanford is illuminating, and should give a lot of people pause. For me, I can honestly say that a few of his comments have led me to question (1) is what I am doing in Asia enough and (2) if not, how do I pivot activities to have a larger impact.

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