Science, Technology, and Society

Impact capital

by John Deever |
Social investment to help the most vulnerable.

The global development bridge consists of many bricks. Among them: social investing, support of developing-world entrepreneurs through grants and microlending, small-scale cleantech like solar radios and cookstoves, and empowering women. And a recent study by SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society assesses best practices—and shares lessons learned—from around the world on how to support these efforts.

Download and read the Coordinating Impact Capital PDF.

Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses, looks at how “impact investors” launch and grow social enterprises to yield meaningful returns.

Sometimes those returns take time—twice as long as other types of investments. Another lesson: Syndication is a winning strategy, perhaps in terms of sharing risk; so is passing the baton, where investors work sequentially.

Spring 2014

Table of contents

Features

Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.