Impact Investments - Solving the World Problems Today

Changing the Rules of the Game

Knowing the Changes

Shaping the Future of Impact Investment

  • Find smart ways that are blocking below-the-line investments. Look at how Tesla’s first-ever utility-scale battery has set an excellent example in South Australia for investing in the innovation frontier. Now more than ever, we need plenty of such innovators to pave the way so that others may follow.
  • Secondly, encourage philanthropists to aim high. According to Mike McCreless, this calls for “efficiency frontier”: that is when you’re seeking a particular impact, always find ways to achieve highest-returns. These returns may seem short when compared to commercial rates, but when they are the best there could be given the limits of the rules of the game, each dollar that you invest will have a far more significant impact.
  • Finally, impact investors should lobby for bringing changes in the rules, and that is perhaps the most crucial role for them. Impact investors can become a powerful voice to support internalization of externalities through governments. So that all investments turn into impact investments. Offering incentives, such as a price on carbon or any other mechanism, can significantly expand the chances for marrying profitability with those of social returns. Something similar is done by Roots of Impact and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC in developing Social Impact Incentives (SIINC) framework.

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