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Episode 52 of Money + Meaning featuring Joy Anderson of the Criterion Institute
“Finance at some fundamental level is about making bets on the future. Nobody makes money in the present – we only make money because we were right about the future that we bet on. So one really important way to think about investing with a gender lens is to question your assumptions about the future.”
“What I think we lack in innovative finance is knowledge of the world. I think we lack grounded knowledge about how things actually work…So for us (at Criterion Institute), a lot of what we’re working on is how do we build those bridges between the people who have knowledge about gender and those who work in finance.”
– Joy Anderson, Founder and President of Criterion Institute
On this episode we are joined by Joy Anderson, Founder and President of the Criterion Institute, a leading think tank focused on shaping markets to create social and environmental good. Joy has been at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of impact investing over the past nearly two decades and is one of the pioneers of the gender lens investing movement. She has worked with a number of prominent impact organizations over the years, including Village Capital, Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Forbes.
Our conversation touches upon the growth and evolution of gender lens investing, the biggest challenges facing the field and how knowledge of history helps drive systems-level change.
Content warning: the subject of gender-based violence is discussed during this episode.
Additional Resources from the Criterion Institute
- Process Metrics that Analyze Power Dynamics in Investing, Criterion Institute, 2020
- The Material Risks of Gender-Based Violence in Emergency Settings, Criterion Institute, 2020
- Mitigating the Risks of Gender-Based Violence: A Due Diligence Guide for Investing, UNICEF and Criterion Institute, 2020
- Gender as Material to Infrastructure Projects: Reaching Better Outcomes by Applying a Gender Lens from Project Inception, Criterion Institute, 2020
- Investing with an LGBTQI Lens: Rethinking Gender Analysis Across Investing Fields, Criterion Institute, 2020
- Q&A with The 22 Fund’s Tracy Gray: Catalyzing Systemic Change in Impact Investing and Venture Capital, Criterion Institute, 2020
Watch Joy on the SOCAP18 Mainstage
About Money + Meaning
Money + Meaning is the official podcast of SOCAP. The series aims to expand the conversation around impact investing and strategies to finance and support social change while stimulating innovative and valuable new partnerships across sectors.