Investing for All

Introducing the “Investing for All” Series

This is the introduction to our “Investing for All” series. Read the second post here on “Opening Access to Impact Investing.”

by the rabble squad | July 29, 2016

Capital is the invisible scaffolding of cities. It defines our built environment, from how our cities look, to the food we eat, to the types of jobs we have and the way our energy is created. Capital has the power to transform our cities.

Until now, this power was only available to few. Most development is funded by and limited to institutions (e.g. banks) and high net worth individuals. Today this model is changing. Now, new legislation gives you the ability to wield the same power previously reserved for few.

At rabble, we believe broadening who does the funding will shift what gets funded. This model reflects evolving cultural values—one that honors what people value. Our platform takes this progression as a given and connects people with projects that drive social and environmental impact while delivering financial returns—what we call “complete returns.”

Through our platform, project founders list projects that are reimagining urban spaces, integrating inclusive design, sustainability, and advancing innovative and non-traditional business models. These projects are open to anyone (in some cases with as little as $100). In short, project founders realize the types of change that this new class of investor wants to see.

As we contribute to this new economy, we want to share what we learn and be real about the challenges we face. That’s why we’re launching the “investing for all” series, a forum for rabble and guests to explore the possibilities of opening impact investing to everyone.

What’s next in this series? Each month, we’ll explore an underlying driver of the shifting investment landscape we see—one driven by technology, new laws, innovative business models, and people acting together as agents of progress.

Shifting Investment Landscape

Here’s an overview of some topics you can expect to see soon:

• From exclusive to inclusive: How have most people been removed from impact investing opportunities? How are new business models, technology and regulatory developments helping to break these barriers?

• From far to near: How do new platforms make investing in local, tangible projects a reality? How are businesses and communities transformed when neighbors become investors?

• From financial to complete returns: What are “complete returns?” When investors focus on more than financial returns, what new ventures might become possible?

• From few to all: How can we create a movement that encourages developments that serve entire communities and help to create the world we all want?

Next, we’ll dive into the first topic and discuss how barriers to impact investing are beginning to dissolve and how people are already channeling their investments toward positive change.

We look forward to sharing with and learning from you as we begin this journey toward investing for all.