• Impact Economy Participates in the First reMAC Workshop in Italy

    Turin, Italy – September 28, 2012

    Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin attended the first of the roll out sessions for the Regenerative Energies for Metropolitan Regions and Cities (reMAC) tool in Italy, held in Turin. Representatives from the Emilia Romagna, Veneto, and Turin metropolitan regions had signed up for the workshop, with a combined population of 11.6 million, or roughly 20% of Italy’s total population. As Italy imports 84% of its energy, finding sustainable methods of meeting energy demand is essential.

  • TEN’s Breakfast with Impact Economy at CGI in New York

    New York City, USA – September 25, 2012

    Impact Economy assisted The European Network (TEN), of which Impact Economy is a founding partner, in running a breakfast discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting in New York to strategize on TEN’s further development. Operationalizing the two key themes, “how to get Europe working again” and “Empowering Youth”, the objective of this reflection meeting and Dr. Maximilian Martin’s participation was to present TEN’s action priorities, program and budget as well as widening its circle of partners.

  • Launch of Impact Economy in North America – “Building the Impact Economy”

    New York City, USA – September 24, 2012

    At the beginning of the annual UN and CGI week in New York, Impact Economy launched its North American operations in the Big Apple, gathering sixty distinguished guests from the investment and innovation community for a content-driven lunch session with Impact Economy’s founder Dr. Maximilian Martin, board member Christian Krüger, and head of North America William Burckart at the historic Metropolitan Club. Featuring a keynote speech by Matthew Bishop, the US business editor and New York bureau chief of the Economist, the fully-booked event fostered interactive exchange among participants; table discussions covered the main building blocks we need to master to make the rise of sustainable capitalism happen in a meaningful time horizon.

  • Smart City 2050: The Economic Rationale for Regenerative Urban Energy Policy

    New York City, USA – September 24, 2012

    Following the energizing launch of Impact Economy’s North American operation, Impact Economy hosted a special session on Smart City 2050: The Economic Rationale for Regenerative Urban Energy Policies, with a brief demonstration of the most advanced urban climate policy tool currently available. Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin asked: what is the investment case for urban decision makers to free themselves of excessive long-term energy costs?

  • Changing the World through Gaming: Innovative Financing Strategies for NGOs

    New York City, USA – September 23, 2012

    Hosts Dr. Maximilian Martin, Impact Economy Founder, and Andrea Coleman, CEO and Joint Founder of Riders for Health, invited special guests to a morning session on innovative resource mobilization strategies for non-profit organizations and impact gaming. For many nonprofits, creating sustainable revenue streams is challenging even if they do excellent work. Reliant on grants, endowments, or funding through a for-profit consulting arm (or a combination thereof), fundraising can drain as much as 22-43% of the capital raised. Consequently, Impact Economy, an expert in impact financing, is assisting high-quality nonprofits to develop new channels to secure alternative sources of revenue.

  • Innovative Partnerships for Poverty Reduction at the Convergences World Forum in Paris

    Paris, France – September 20, 2012

    What are the key new trends in the philanthropic space, and which role can we expect activities such as microfinance or impact investing to play in solving people’s most pressing challenges around the world? How can they realistically complement more classical philanthropic work? To deliberate on these and related questions, Impact Economy’s Founder and Global Managing Director Dr. Maximilian Martin joined the Convergences World Forum in Paris to speak at the roundtable on ‘New Trends in Philanthropy: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World’.

  • Hybrid Financing Study Launched in Mandarin at Social Enterprise Forum in Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, China – September 19, 2012

    Concurrent with the launch of its hybrid financing study in Mandarin, Impact Economy’s Founder and Global Managing Director Dr. Maximilian Martin gave a keynote address about financing social entrepreneurs at the Social Enterprise Forum organized by ECSEL in the Chengdu Civil Organization Service Park, China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. With 14 million inhabitants, it is the hub of economic, cultural, nature conservation and philanthropic activities in West China. The forum provided a great opportunity for participants to retreat from the regular centers of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong to experience regional heterogeneity, explore a less tapped market, and raise awareness about social entrepreneurship among a regional and national audience.

  • Should Corporate Philanthropy be Part of the Core Business Strategy?

    Paris, France – September 19, 2012

    Should corporate philanthropy be aligned with the core business strategy or be independent from the core business? And has the financial crisis been crowding out the corporate tradition of “mécénat”? The term is difficult to translate and can be approximated with “patronage” and “cultural sponsorship”. Impact Economy Founder Dr. Maximilian Martin and Olivier Tcherniak, President of ADMICAL, the first Corporate Philanthropy association in France, investigated these questions during a ‘Lunch & Learn’ seminar at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. The school was recently ranked 5th in the world for management studies.

  • Impact Economy at reMAC Workshop in Hamburg

    Hamburg, Germany – September 7, 2012

    Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin participated in the inaugural Regenerative Energies for Metropolitan Regions and Cities (reMAC) tool workshop held in Hamburg, Germany. Representatives from four German-speaking metropolitan regions from within the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (METREX) network gathered at the Hamburg Ministry for Urban Development and Environment headquarters for a day of invigorating discussion and scenario planning based on the reMAC tool. Additional rollout workshops will be held in Madrid, Amsterdam, Turin, Paris and Vienna during the next two months.