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How can Systems Practice change Impact investment towards greater collaboration and scale?

Anastasiya Litvinova July 13, 2022

Over the past decade, impact investing has proven itself to be a powerful tool to improve the well-being of both people and the environment. This instrument of change has shown noteworthy growth and a strong inclination towards innovation in its deployment. However, concentrations of impact investing activity have been relatively narrow and the space is highly fragmented.

Impact investment is fraught with opportunistic activity. Impact investors deploy capital via singular and disparate interventions across various ecosystems of market activity. Arguably, the changes that impact investment strategies generate can be considered ‘band-aids’ that do not address underlying problems.

Impact investing needs more coordinated and intentional investing to improve system behavior. Embedding a systems change approach in impact investment strategies can provide a degree of depth to impact investing that is strongly needed, perhaps even essential.

During this workshop you will hear how practitioners playing distinct roles within the impact investing ecosystem incorporate systems practice in their work and explore topics such as product design with systems in mind, examples of working in tandem for high-impact solutions, accountability and green washing. Break out group discussions will allow the audience to dive deeper into applying systems practice within several impact themes.



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Accountability, Power and Capital, Collaboration, Systems Practice, Systems Change

Purpose and Desired Outcome

1. Create a safe forum for open conversation that will surface the more challenging and/or underexplored aspects of addressing the need for defining and driving systems change. 2. Emerge with a snapshot of where SOCAP community members currently stand in this dialogue (challenges, priorities, goals, joint call for action etc.) 3. Create a foundation for becoming actionable: identifying examples of partnerships across organizations and how they can implement systems practice together


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Corporate & SME

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameDimple Sahni
  • TitleManaging Director of Impact Funds Portfolio
  • OrganizationAnthos Fund & Asset Management
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMargot Brandenburg
  • TitleSenior Program Officer
  • OrganizationFord Foundation
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMatthew Schaar
  • TitleOperating Partner
  • OrganizationAccion
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NamePierre-Laurent Macridis
  • TitleAssociate Principal
  • OrganizationFondaction
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAnastasiya Litvinova
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationPalladium Impact Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
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