• Opening the Ashoka Suisse Romande 2nd Gathering in Geneva

    Geneva, Switzerland – March 26, 2012

    At the 2nd Gathering of Ashoka Suisse Romande on Monday 26 March in Geneva, social entrepreneurs, business leaders and experts gathered to strategize how to best foster social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin, Board Member of Ashoka Switzerland, delivered the impulse introduction to the evening.

  • On Social Entrepreneurship in Slovenia: Building Momentum

    Bled, Slovenia – March 16, 2012

    Building on previous missions, Impact Economy headed again to Slovenia to discuss the status of social entrepreneurship and its prospects ahead. Impact Economy Founder and Managing Director Dr. Maximilian Martin gave an address at an American Chamber of Commerce Slovenia breakfast event in Ljubljana and a keynote session at the Challenge: Future Summit in Bled enabled engaging both professionals and aspiring young social entrepreneurs, further building momentum.

  • On Impact Investing at le club f Philanthropy Gathering in Madrid

    Madrid, Spain – March 13-15, 2012

    Impact Economy joined donors, families and senior foundation executives from around the world at le club f conference “Foundations: Impact through Sharing Ideas”. The conference gathered and reflected on effective strategies for high-impact philanthropy and impact investing. At the inaugural session of le club b in Madrid in November 2002, Sr. Don Rafael del Pino y Moreno famously argued, “If I give you one dollar and you give me one dollar, each of us will only have one dollar. But if you give me one idea and I give you another idea, we will both have two ideas”. In this context, Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder and Global Managing Director of Impact Economy, shared his expertise during the panel discussion on “Impact Investing”, alongside other impact investing professionals.

  • Impact Economy on the Road to Rio: R20 - Regions Building the Green Economy

    Geneva, Switzerland – March 6-8, 2012

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is touring Geneva in a series of events and meetings to showcase his groundbreaking work building the Green Economy through R20 Regions of Climate Action. Headquartered in Geneva, R20 is a major initiative which believes that regions are the catalysts for our low-carbon future. The activities began with an engaging kick-off at the Town Hall of Geneva on March 6. March 7 is packed with highlights, starting with the conference “The Road to Rio: Regions Building the Green Economy”. In his role as Special Advisor to R20, Impact Economy actively participates at the “Road to Rio”. Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder and Global Managing Director, moderates the panel session “Green Economy: An Opportunity for Our Regions”. The events will bring together leaders and experts from around the world to pave the way for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012, and see the launch of the Sustainia Initiative.

  • Faculty in Residence at AshokaU Mexican Changemaker Campus Pioneer Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara

    Guadalajara, Mexico – February 28, 2012

    AshokaU has launched the first Changemaker Campus outside of the US at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. The goal is to embed social innovation and social entrepreneurship at all levels of the university among faculty, students and administrators, so as to optimally enable the next generation of change leaders in Mexico. In this context, Dr. Maximilian Martin is teaching three days of sessions on ‘Using Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship as Tools for Impactful Teaching and Engaged Learning’ in his role as an a href="" target="_blank" class="textlink textlink-link textlink-link2 underline">AshokaU Faculty in Residence.

  • Speaking at the AshokaU Exchange 2012: Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education

    Arizona, USA – February 10-11, 2012

    Social entrepreneurship education and research play a key role in training the next generation of leaders and changemakers around the world. Mirroring the overall growth of the field, course sequences for social entrepreneurship are also multiplying. As the field evolves, we need more robust and comprehensive frameworks to manage quality and optimize impact. a href="" target="_blank" class="textlink textlink-link textlink-link2 underline">AshokaU Founding Faculty in Residence Dr. Maximilian Martin returned to the annual a href="" target="_blank" class="textlink textlink-link textlink-link2 underline">AshokaU Exchange, the tertiary education sector’s leading global social entrepreneurship conference themed this year on “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education”.

  • Impact Economy Launches its First Study in Mandarin

    Zürich, Switzerland – January 30, 2012

    A group of social entrepreneurs and investors already had the opportunity to get a glimpse of social entrepreneurship in China at a brown bag lunch organized by Impact Economy at the Hub Zurich with Transist CEO Calvin Chin. Around the world, the social enterprise movement has begun to transform the face of economic development and the welfare state, creating a new generation of young professionals who express their social change ambitions through the language of business; we believe that it is imperative to share empirical insights and best practices in key languages to help accelerate the diffusion of social innovation in our globalizing world with persistent language boundaries. As part of a dissemination partnership with Chinese social enterprise incubator Transist and its ECSEL Fellows program. “全球慈善业的四大变革", the Chinese version of our recent study “Four Revolutions in Global Philanthropy” is intended to contribute to the reflection about key trends and best practices in social enterprise and philanthropy in China.

  • Speaking at Fundraising 2.0 - Camp & Conference and Ashoka Globalizer

    Berlin-Munich, Germany – January 19-21, 2012

    Held in German at the historical premises of “Kalkscheune” in Berlin, Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin was invited to the Fundraising 2.0 Camp & Conference to help broaden the horizon of fundraisers, NGO’s and social entrepreneurs regarding financing options. The goal was to look beyond grants for funding social change. Alexa Groener (Founder of fundraising 2.0) and Andreas Gebhard (CEO of newthinking communications) opened with a brief welcome. Dr. Martin kicked off the conference with a keynote on “Building the Impact Economy & What It Means for Nonprofits”. For some of the participants, our critical view on capital allocation costs in the nonprofit sector, estimated to range between 22% and 43%, was surprising. But keynote and Q&A discussion ended up triggering optimism and excitement about new and more efficient forms of capital allocation that make use of hybrid financing strategies.