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Searching for the Next Big Idea: Part I

Yesterday was the first day of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) 2014 journey. Kicking-off the day, Rockefeller Foundation president Dr. Judith Rodin took the audience through the foundation’s impact investing work since 2007, when the Foundation helped build the field. More importantly, though, Dr. Rodin spoke about the Foundation’s vision for the future of innovative finance.

As Dr. Rodin announced, our team is monitoring Twitter and aggregating your #BigIdeas to learn more about how you see innovation taking root in financial solutions for global development. We’ve already received unique ideas from around the world, including solar energy development, supporting young girls through targeted skill development, providing job opportunities for women, and many others. One of the most interesting themes emerging is around the importance of community in developing solutions.

Here are a few of the ideas we‘ve heard so far:

1. The importance of community members to invest in themselves

2. Using the strength of communities to create a shared vision for their financial development:

3. Communities as direct recipients of financial support:

Want to see more? Share your ideas using the hashtags #BigIdeas and #SOCAP14, and look for another post here tomorrow.

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