Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog: Social impact

Impact Investing Gets A Boost From JPMorgan Chase

Whoa, wait a minute: Am I dreaming? Is this Christmas Future still dusting my eyes with what a wonderful life it could be?

No, I'm awake and the dream-like fantasies are hard facts, well, maybe not hard facts but publicized statements of the socially responsible world to come.

Create a New Habit – Investing in Social Impact – With Marketing

In September, Vistas was one five finalists – second place! – in an international blogging competition. The subject: How to unlock $120 billion of investment funds for social enterprises. The blog was posted on TriplePundit October 1.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Short, Sweet, To the Point: Human Spirit Prevails

What is more profound, uplifting or wise than:

Hope in the future. Life goes on. The human spirit prevails.

Those were the words of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A New Disney Filmmaker Shows the Way to Social Responsibility

One Disney's Focus Morphs From Fantasy to Reality
While the name "Disney" may conjure up fantasy and happiness, Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Roy Disney, knows that the real world isn’t filled with cartoon characters and happy endings. She knows that the world is full of harsh realities – poverty, disease, terrible working conditions, and climate change – and she is using her financial resources and her talents to fight them.

Fair Trade is More Than a Label

The Money Is in the Chocolate
You’d think that the economic value of a product would be in the raw material. To a small degree, you’d be right. But the greater value by far is in the production process, especially in high-end products such as gourmet chocolate. Making chocolate generates five times more income than fair trade cocoa, even if your beans are considered the finest in the world, according to Tim McCollum of Madécasse.

Scaling Social Impact Solutions


Taking Social Impact to Scale

Does a solution to a social problem really exist if no one knows about it? To the few people served by the organization, yes. However, to the many who could be served, no. Social Impact Exchange (Exchange), a joint effort of  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke University, plans to change all that. 

Entrepreneurship: Bringing the American Dream Abroad

I know it’s been in the news a lot, but the facts often bear repeating: 

  • entrepreneurs create new jobs at a faster rate than larger companies
  • entrepreneurs develop new products and services
  • entrepreneurs innovate processes and approaches improving the way we get things done
  • entrepreneurs (re)invigorate economies


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