At this past year’s SoCap, I led an Open Space conversation around the language that we are using in the social business/enterprise/venture space. I have observed over the past few years, as this sector evolves and pushes boundaries, there is much inconsistency in how we communicate what we are doing. These organizations are generating revenue by tackling some of the world’s biggest problems, yet there seems to be much confusion in the marketplace from those who are building the businesses and those who are investing in them.
Guest Blogger Lindsay Mitchell, a member of the Dexterity Consulting team, recently returned from SOCAP10. Here are some thoughts on her experience.
Impact investing. Social entrepreneurship. Social enterprise. Tactical Philanthropy. New Money. All buzz terms heard last week when I attended the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) in San Francisco, along with 1200 other like-minded individuals from all parts of the value chain, from social entrepreneur to investor. From what is usually seen as opposing perspectives - financial profit and social good - there came much hope, optimism and energy towards bringing these polar worlds closer together. Read more »