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Better together: giving and investing in social causes is best done together

In his ground-breaking book, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari argues we are all herd animals. We thrive when we’re surrounded by trusted allies who care about the same stuff. Common purpose creates a sense of safety. This hasn’t change with modern sapiens. Yes, we have technology, more information and longer lives – but our behaviour today […]

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How could social impact bonds help tackle multiple complex needs?

Public services in the UK are generally set up to support people with single, severe problems, and typically contracted on a “fee-for-service” basis. It’s a difficult challenge to move away from this, but one where the nascent sector of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) could help, writes Investment Associate Caroline Hickson. What is a social impact […]

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Corporate social investment: the brave new frontier?

You’re supposed to start a blog like this by making a wild, hyperbolic statement like ‘corporate social investment will save the world’.  It won’t of course.  So why write it? For all the talk of the rise of responsible capitalism and the hope we pin on ‘millennials’ to influence corporate behaviours, the majority of businesses worldwide […]

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Lessons from the social impact bond coalface

With the social impact bond market maturing, there’s a great chance to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t. Investment Associate Caroline Hickson shares what we learned at a recent Numbers for Good workshop. Outcomes-based commissioning involves commissioners paying only for the achievement of certain outcomes, rather than merely for a service that may […]

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Big money: do we lack the motivation or the capital to solve society’s problems?

The words social investment illicit excitement from many of us who see the powerful potential of bringing together the best of business with the social sector, but it is not without its critics. Even those who know it well have questions around its effectiveness, accessibility and scale bringing us to the questions: are we doing […]

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