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.

Summer 2014

Table of contents

Features

A day with the Dalai Lama

High-spirited and hushed moments from Feb. 24: a day to talk about business, ethics, compassion.

The Catholic writer today

Poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia argues that Catholic writers must renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.

Our stories and the theatre of awe

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks about grace, discernment, and being a modern believer.

Mission Matters

What would the next generation say?

Hossam Baghat, one of Egypt’s leading human rights activists, was awarded the 2014 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for his work defending human rights.

Breaking records on the maplewood

Scoring 40 points in one game. And besting Steve Nash’s freshman year.

How's the water?

A lab on a chip helps provide the answer—which is a matter of life and death when the question is whether drinking water contains arsenic.