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The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism

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Your money can change the world

The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism offers precise details on what, exactly, impact investing entails, embodied in the experiences and best and proven practices of some of the world's most successful impact investors, across asset classes, geographies and areas of impact. The book discusses the parameters of impact investing in unprecedented detail and clarity, providing both context and tools to those eager to engage in the generational shift in the way finance and business is being approached in the new era of Collaborative Capitalism.

The book presents a simple thesis with clarity and conviction: "Impact investing can be done successfully. This is what success looks like, and this is what it requires." With much-needed lessons for practitioners, the authors view impact investing as a harbinger of a new, more "multilingual" (cross-sector), transparent, and accountable form of economic leadership.

The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism serves as a resource for a variety of players in finance and business, including:

  • Investors: It demonstrates not only the types of investments which can be profitable and impactful, but also details best practices that, with roots in impact investing, will increasingly play a role in undergirding the success of all investment strategies.

  • Wealth advisors/financial services professionals: With unprecedented detail on the innovative structures and strategies of impact investing funds, the book provides guidance to financial institutions on how to incorporate these investments in client portfolios.

  • Foundations: The book explores the many catalytic and innovative ways for for-profit and non-profit investors to partner, amplifying the potential social and environmental impacts of philanthropic spending and market-rate endowment investment.

  • Business students: By including strategies for making sound impact investments based on detailed case studies, it provides concrete lessons and explores the skills required to enhance prospects for success as a finance and business professional.

  • Policy makers: Reinforcing the urgency of creating a supportive and enabling environment for impact investing, the book demonstrates ways policy has already shaped the sector, and suggests new ways for policymakers to support it.

  • Corporate leaders: The book includes essential advice on the way business is and must be responding to a new generation of Millennial clients and customers, with unique insights into a form of value creation that is inherently more collaborative and outcomes-driven.

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Tables and Figures
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface
    7. Dedication
    8. Introduction
    9. Part One: Key Practices and Drivers Underlying Impact Investing
      1. Chapter 1: Inside Collaborative Capitalism
        1. The Roots of Collaborative Capitalism
        2. The Collaborative Capitalism Pyramid
        3. Three Core Elements of Collaborative Capitalism
        4. Putting It All Together: Collaborative Capitalism in Action
        5. Looking Ahead
      2. Chapter 2: Raising the Curtain on Impact Investing
        1. Sizing the Market
        2. Key Actors and Activities
        3. The Fund Perspective
        4. The Twelve Funds
        5. Performance Numbers
        6. The Impact Investing Fund Landscape
    10. Part Two: Four Key Elements of Successful Impact Investing
      1. Chapter 3: Impact DNA
        1. A Means to an End
        2. The Need for Clarity
        3. The Impact Value Chain and Theories of Change
        4. Getting Everyone Aligned
        5. From First to Last: Measurement and Reporting
        6. Bringing It Together: Sequencing the DNA of Impact Investors
        7. Mission First and Last Approaches
        8. The Mission First and Last Tool Kit
      2. Chapter 4: Symbiosis as Strategy
        1. The Practice of Policy Symbiosis
        2. Public Sector Innovation in Alignment with the Private Sector
        3. The Public Case for Impact Investing
        4. The Policy Symbiosis Tool Kit
        5. The Five London Principles
      3. Chapter 5: The New Deal
        1. The Terrain for the New Deal
        2. Myths of Catalytic Capital
        3. Four Purposes of Catalytic Capital
        4. The Catalytic Capital Tool Kit
      4. Chapter 6: Multilingual Leadership
        1. New Skillsets for New Leaders
        2. Multilingual Leadership in the Research
        3. Multilingual Leadership as Cross-Disciplinary and Collaborative
        4. Defining Multilingual Leadership for Impact Investing
        5. The Multilingual Leader: From Individual to Team to Firm
        6. Building a Multilingual Team: Acquiring Multilingual Capacity
        7. The Multilingual Leadership Tool Kit
        8. Beyond Impact Investing
    11. Part Three: Looking Ahead: Trends and Challenges
      1. Chapter 7: The Writing on the Wall
      2. Chapter 8: Concluding Reflections
        1. Ongoing Challenges for the Field's Development
        2. Using the Right Tool for the Right Problem
        3. The Road Ahead
    12. Impact Investor Resource Guide
    13. Acknowledgments
    14. About the Authors
    15. More from Wiley
    16. Index
    17. End User License Agreement