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Power Shifts: Participatory Design in Financing

Cecilia Foxworthy June 9, 2022

This session explores how both philanthropic financing and impact investing can be more inclusive. Participants will explore the principal tenants of participatory design as it relates to financing, will interact with key examples, and will outline how they might start to include participatory design in their own models.  The objective of participatory design in this context is to include the voice and potentially vote of ESOs, SGBs, their workers, consumers, and their communities in some part of the financing decision-making continuum. The key takeaway of the session is that financing actors can introduce relatively simple changes to their processes that make financing more inclusive and collaborative, while starting to shift the nexus of power to the entities creating / doing the impact.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Entrepreneurship, Latin America, SGB Finance, Impact Investing

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To change the way we consider power balances or imbalances in the use of capital to create economic change in communities across Latin America. The desired outcome is for participants to create concrete next steps for the actions or solutions they came up with during the workshop - for example, designating accountability buddies within the room to ensure they implement the actions they identified during the session.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameCecilia Foxworthy
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationAgora Partnerships
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAlfredo Montoya
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationColabortivo
  • StatusConfirmed
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