This post on xigi is really inspiring:
- Danish pension funds want to invest in Africa. Leads to creation of capital funds, such as C-4.
- The announcement of myc4.com, another mapping tool that will help investors, capital, and social enterprises find each other (like xigi does).
- The linkage of these capital activities to the Millennium Development Goals - finally, aligning action with rhetoric with capital.
- The continued growth of xigi - as a mapping tool, information source, pattern analyzer - its helps you sort what you know, array it so new patterns emerge, and display it so others can find it. The minute they find it and add to it, the picture changes, and off you go.
- Innovations once on the edges of philanthropic activity are starting to draw out the center (PRIs, community investing).
- The once elusive markets for financial tools (xigi, et al) are definitely coming together. Philanthropists who understand the relationship of broad regulations on their ability to be successful are standing up and saying that policy matters (see announcement on Omidyar Network today).
- Even the next stage of online giving morphing into knowledge brokers seems possible, as consolidation becomes real (Convio/GetActive, BlackBaud/Target announcements) and management gets shaken up (Gruber out at Kintera).