By Gary Gach
"… if capital is to survive, we need the world to move into thinking about social and environmental return as part of the overall return for investing."
— former Governor Deval Patrick; Managing Director, Bain Capital
Capitalism ever reinvents itself. Of late, it feels ripe for change. So we joined 2700 attendees gathering for the eighth annual conference known as SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), for four days, October 6-9. It was aptly held at Fort Mason on the San Francisco waterfront (http://fortmason.org), a former US Army post converted for peacetime community use.
Now in its seventh year, SOCAP (http://socialcapitalmarkets.net) has become a jamboree for investors of all stripes (except, as yet, retail). Like the sector itself, the conference is a big tent, housing social entrepreneurs and social enterprises, nonprofits and foundations, government and global innovators – both large and independent. There were visitors from upwards of 30 countries. Average age seemed ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.