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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer

Announcing PlaceFund

January 15, 2020

Today we are pleased to mark the official launch of PlaceFund, an independent US nonprofit organization focused on addressing issues of insecure property rights, unsustainable land use, and climate change.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology
&
CV Madhukar
Managing Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Beneficial Technology

Looking to 2020: Five Emerging Trends that Will Drive Big Change in Tech

December 18, 2019

Anamitra, Madhukar, and Sarah share five trends that will help drive significant change in the Big Tech industry in 2020.

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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer
&
Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Beneficial Technology

A New Initiative to Explore the Impact of Social Media on Democracy

December 17, 2019

Mike Kubzansky and Sarah Drinkwater share insights on why we are funding a new two-year initiative with the international, independent nonprofit Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to examine social media’s role in elections and democracy

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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer
&
Chris Jurgens
Director, Reimagining Capitalism

Funding the Rails on Which We Ride: Why We Invested in Impact Investing’s Tipping Point Fund

December 16, 2019

Earlier this month, we stood alongside eight fellow impact investors to launch the Tipping Point Fund. Learn more from Mike, Chris, and Robynn on why we were extremely pleased to participate.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology
&
David Madden
senior advisor

WhatsApp is a Threat to Society. Here’s How to Fix It.

December 16, 2019

Anamitra Deb and David Madden share four ways that WhatsApp can and must do more to address the dangerous behavior that its platform is enabling.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Franklyn Odhiambo

Levering Technology for Justice: Why We Invested in Lawyers Hub

December 12, 2019

Thea Anderson and Franklyn Odhiambo share why we invested in Nairobi-based Lawyers Hub, the first innovation hub in Africa for technology startups run by lawyers.

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Beth Kanter
Chief Advocacy & Strategic Communications Officer

8 Storytellers Informing How We've Been Reimagining Capitalism in 2019

December 5, 2019

As we get ready to head home for the holidays, many of us are stockpiling books to cozy up with in front of the fire. If you’re like our Reimagining Capitalism team, your reading list is short on pulp and long on economic theory.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Beneficial Technology

10 Storytellers Who Informed Our Outlook on Tech in 2019

December 5, 2019

A list of 10 books, documentaries, podcasts, and television series about responsible technology that captured our attention this year.

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Ju-Ho Lee
Commissioner of The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity and former Minister of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea

Equitable Tech: Delivering High-Impact Learning with a Human Touch

December 3, 2019

Education is supposed to prepare children for the future, yet the current system is 100 years behind the times. Eliza Erickson and Ju-Ho Lee share insights on the future of impactful edtech.

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Eric McCarthy
Extern, Beneficial Technology

VCs Align Around New Beliefs, Investment Tools to Reinforce a Better Data Economy That Puts People First

November 21, 2019

Earlier this year, Omidyar Network assembled a group of like-minded, early-stage technology investors to help transform the data economy. Magdi Amin, and Eric McCarthy share learnings from the convening.

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WhatsApp is a Threat to Society. Here’s How to Fix It.

David Madden and Anamitra Deb share four ways the encrypted messaging platform can address the dangerous behavior that its platform is enabling.

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We don’t need another WeWork

It's time for more alternatives to venture capital cash, argues Omidyar Network's Sarah Drinkwater — and for more startups focused on making positive contributions to the world.

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Coalition of Foundations and Family Offices Launch the Tipping Point Fund to Scale the Impact Investing Field

Blue Haven Initiative, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Omidyar Network will anchor the $12.5 million pool of philanthropic capital

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