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Participatory Impact Investing: Shifting Power and Decision-Making

Silan Akgul July 6, 2022

How can participatory practices be adopted in the impact investing space? The prominence of participatory practices such as participatory budgeting, grantmaking, and policy has increased significantly in recent years, and better reflect the aspirations of impacted communities and can lead to more equitable capital deployment and impact. However, participatory investing is still nascent, and has not yet become as widespread. WES and Common Future have partnered to launch the Action Lab: Participatory Investing to provide space for funders to learn and test participatory practices within the context of impact investments and develop a participatory investment framework, tools, and resources.

In this workshop session, WES and Common Future will share more about the Action Lab’s progress, and another funder from the initiative as well as one of their investees will walk through how they are putting it into practice. Participants will explore how to apply the framework to their own work, and share thoughts and contributions to the ongoing development of this work.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Impact Investing; Equity

Purpose and Desired Outcome

During this session, WES and Common Future will share a participatory investing framework, and do a deep dive into one example of how the framework is being leveraged through a specific project. The portion of the session on the framework will build in an interactive element where the participants can both walk through the framework as a tool to assess where their own institutions are in the spectrum of participatory practices, as well as provide feedback on the framework.  Additionally, the project presented will show attendees a practical application of  the participatory investing framework.  The session will provide opportunities for attendees to both learn and contribute knowledge to a growing body of work. 


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Asset Managers


  • NameSmitha Das
  • TitleImpact Investing Principal
  • OrganizationWorld Education Services (WES)
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameKatheryn Witt
  • TitleDirector of Funder Learning & Investment
  • OrganizationCommon Future
  • StatusConfirmed
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