NextBillion Interviews Erin Worsham and Other Thought Leaders at SOCAP

November 2017

At this year’s SOCAP conference, NextBillion interviewed eight thought leaders, including investors, entrepreneurs and other influencers, on Facebook Live. The discussions covered a broad range of issues important to the social business and investing space. According the NextBillion, “if you missed the conference, or if you have an interest in these sectors, these Q&As are essential viewing.”

Our own Executive Director Erin Worsham sat down for an interview with NextBillion contributing editor Scott Anderson. Erin and Scott discussed the critical topic of scaling social impact and why scale is such an elusive concept.  They also talked about the new topics being discussed at SOCAP this year and how today’s business school students are exploring social business and impact investing.

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The other interviews included (view all of the interviews on NextBillions’ website here):

  • Debra Schwartz, Managing Director, Impact Investments at MacArthur Foundation, shares insights into MacArthur’s approach to impact investing, and her deep knowledge of the sector. Want to hear more from Debra?  Watch her CASE Chat here.
  • Alloysius Attah, CEO of Farmerline discussing the challenges facing smallholder farmers and the best ways the social business community can serve them.
  • Former CASE i3 Board member Ron Cordes of the Cordes Foundation talking about the evolution of impact investing.
  • Maelis Carraro of BFA speaking on how fintech can get low-income customers to trust them, innovations in financial product design for the underserved and more.
  • Tahira Dosanai, Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, answering questions about financial inclusion.
  • Rosa Lee Harden, Co-Founder of SOCAP, discussing how SOCAP has evolved, measuring conference impact and what it means for impact investing to hold the “moral high ground.”
  • Ceniarth Director Greg Neichin on whether impact investing is contributing to a “hype cycle” in off-grid energy, and why impact investors should be willing to make “necessary and realistic concessions” to generate real social impact.