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Mar
17
2016

A Question of Scale

Boston. Late March. Harvard’s oarsmen ply The Charles. Confluence Philanthropy’s annual practitioners meeting churns.

Five years ago, I attended the first such meeting. 30 people showed. This year, 180 people attend, and more than double that are turned away.

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Mar
10
2016

The Hinge

Three months into what promises to be a most interesting year, and I'm staring down the barrel of a busy week with a galvanizing denouement: my first meeting with anyone who actually has the President’s ear.

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Mar
8
2016

"The Metrics Myth" by Jed Emerson

I've spoken with hundreds of players in the metrics landscape: investors, asset managers, entrepreneurs, NGO executives, non-profits, consultants, program officers... if they are engaged in metric measurement, then chances are that I've discussed both the need for metrics and the difficulty in gathering, harmonizing, assessing and reporting them.

If there is one thing I've learned in this journey, it is that metrics are critical to the entire concept of impact investing... and that they are fiendishly difficult to capture.

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Mar
2
2016

Soundbites: Transcending Impact Tribalism

Matthew Weatherley-White is featured on Heron Foundation podcast, discussing how the impact investing community can be inclusive while maintaining a high bar as the field moves beyond its earliest stages. Hosted by Deirdre Hess....
Feb
19
2016

Behind-the-Scenes of a Marketplace Morning Report Interview

I had the good fortune to be asked to do an interview last week with NPR's David Brancaccio, one of the two hosts on the excellent show Marketwatch. He offered, up front, to let me re-word any thoughts that I didn't like and explained he would be editing it down to about 5 minutes of air time. With this in mind, he said our interview would last about 10 minutes. He finally cut us off after 27 minutes, but stayed online to talk for another half an hour....

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