More than anything else, good ideas need money to help them blossom. If a project has been designed with positive social and environmental outcomes at its heart, how do the people behind it attract the right level of investment?
What’s more, social, environmental and economic issues are complex, and it’s difficult to know whether an action will have the intended effect. This makes it difficult for investors to identify the most relevant acupuncture point.
One of the guests in this live studio show - Bill Burckart - is an impact investor who understands that people in his role need to take a systems perspective on any investment opportunity in order to maximise a project’s potential as well as generate economic returns for his clients. Our other guest - Erika Boeing - is an engineer/entrepreneur who worked on Project Drawdown (link) and has an exciting renewable energy project in development. She will come at the investment question from the perspective of an entrepreneur who wants to make a positive difference in the world. Join our studio debate and pitch in with your own thoughts and opinions throughout!
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CEO, Accelerate Wind
Erika Boeing is CEO at Accelerate Wind, a company that is working to revolutionise renewable energy on rooftops in the commercial and industrial space. A systems thinker with a broad background, she strives first and foremost to make connections between disparate fields to create products and concepts that meet the needs of many. She has previously worked at DRS Technologies as a systems engineer, developing a wide variety of technologies for energy, water, and waste and as a Research Fellow at Project Drawdown. Additionally, she studied the interactions between society, technology, and sustainability as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands.
Mr. Burckart is the President of The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), a research and advisory services firm that helps institutional investors integrate systems-level—or long-term—context into their investment decision-making. He has been at the forefront of impact investing having advised mutual fund companies, foundations, and investment advisors on the development of impact investment programs, policies, and products. He has also contributed to the field through groundbreaking research, including leading a multiyear field building effort focused on the financial services industry in collaboration with the Money Management Institute. Mr. Burckart is also a visiting scholar of the US Federal Reserve.
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