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“We’re all in this together” is a common refrain in conversations about the planet and the people in it. That’s why, in an era that sometimes feels dominated by skepticism, examples of how collaboration makes the difference between success and stagnation are all the more important to lift up. 

 

The impact investing world has been doubling down on stakeholder engagement commitments by rethinking — and expanding — our understanding of the “S” in “ESG.” More inclusive models have benefits to the individual employees and the global economy, something that changemakers in corporate boardrooms and small businesses are embracing post-pandemic. And we'll be watching to see how equity crowdfunding opportunities, which will soon include a platform for loans to impact-driven creative industries, continue to engage individuals and institutions. 

 

This is just a sampling of the many collective efforts to transform our economy into one that truly benefits everyone (including our planet). As we continue to navigate the post-pandemic world, let’s remember that we are, indeed, all in this together. 

 

Like your regular dose of good news? We’re shifting to a monthly newsletter to bring you a more in-depth look at the catalysts for optimism we’re seeing in impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship. Look for the next edition of Breaking Good on Friday, May 13th, and future editions on the second Friday of each month.

 
 
 
 
FEARLESS FEATURE
 
 
 
 

There’s nothing about Arlan Hamilton that isn’t fearless. The Backstage Capital founder famously launched her VC fund while she was unemployed and unhoused, and has gone on to become one of the most visible faces in Silicon Valley — no small feat for a Black queer woman who didn’t attend college. To date, Backstage Capital has invested $20 million in nearly 200 startups, all led by women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and other underrepresented founders. That number is about to grow: Comcast is making a million-dollar investment in Backstage’s $30 million Opportunity Fund, Hamilton’s latest effort to fund early-stage founders from marginalized backgrounds.

 
 
 
 
IMPACT INVESTING
 
 
 
 

SEC Supporters Spread the Word

As the comment period ticks toward a close, more than 60 leading impact investment organizations in the US have signed a letter to the SEC endorsing their robust proposal for climate disclosures. Also hoping for full implementation: the SEC chair.
 
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Fintech Fit for a Queen

As fintech-focused investors continue to add digital currency initiatives to their portfolios, regulators need to keep up. In a joint opinion piece with Mexican central banker Agustín Carstens, the Netherlands’ Queen Máxima argues that the right policies can fully unleash digital currency's democratizing power for financial inclusion.
 
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INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 
 
 
 

The Latest Women-Led Unicorn

How did the female co-founders of Chief, a virtual and in-person networking platform for women executives, launch what would become a unicorn during the 2020 pandemic? In an interview with Forbes, they explain how COVID-19 created an opportunity to improve their business model.
 
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Black Joy for Black Tech

With 42 percent of the Black labor force likely to be impacted by automation, #BlackTechFuture Research Institute co-founder Fallon Wilson explains why Black joy is a key ingredient for the future of tech innovations by Black leaders.
 
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BEFORE YOU GO
 
 
 
 

Clear Skies, No Greenwashing

The Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi) signed off on American Airlines’ plan for a 45% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, making this the first time the coalition has approved an airline’s net-zero targets.
 
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Drink Your Emissions

Could carbon emissions go into happy hour instead of the atmosphere? One New York-based startup just raised $30 million to scale its technology that turns carbon into useful substances like… vodka.
 
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