Summa & Friends
Ep #11: Leading Despite Ambiguity in the Sustainable Investing
How do you lead despite ambiguity in the world of sustainable investing? That’s the question Zoe Bulger, Impact Manager at Summa Equity is discussing on this episode of Summa & Friends.
With more traditional actors entering the Impact ESG space, and lots of regulatory movement as well, Zoe shares some of the challenges and shifts defining this moment
With a background in the social sector focused on supporting mission-oriented founders and organizations, Zoe’s role at Summa is all about integrating impact ESG across the investment process and across portfolio companies, as well as the reporting side of it.
On today’s podcast:
- The challenges and shifts defining this moment in impact investing
- How do you stay the course despite the ambiguity of regulation?
- What’s the impact of Article 9?
- What is a theory of change and how does it work?
Ep #15: Navigating the Cognition Crisis With Digital Medicine
Imagine playing a video game where data about you in the moment is being collected with sensor technology, performance metrics, emotional responses, body movements, brain activity. And this is all used in real time to guide the environment you're experiencing, personalizing both the challenges and rewards to improve your cognition. No, this isn’t the plot of a sci-fi movie. We’re in the midst of a cognition crisis and experiences are a powerful way of changing our brain, says Adam Gazzaley, neuroscientist, neurologist, inventor, author, photographer, entrepreneur, investor, and creator of the first ever digital medicine, and the first ever FDA cleared digital treatment for children with ADHD. In this incredible episode of Summa & Friends, Adam explains why the cognition crisis is getting worse on a global scale, especially for our children, and why his digital medicine was born out of a frustration at the lack of research and treatment that we as a species should have developed by now. To find out more, download and listen. On today’s podcast:What is digital medicine and who is it for?What is the cognition crisisWhy we need a multi-modal approach to improving cognitionThe enduring nature of experiential medicine
Ep #14: The Impact Revolution - Investments that Count
Sir Ronald (Ronnie) Cohen, a preeminent philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and impact pioneer is driving the global Impact Revolution. Ronnie's nearly two decades of initiatives in impact investment have catalyzed global efforts towards social and environmental good, through business and investment.With advances in technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, Ronnie says the impact revolution has never been more possible. The fact that technology allows for granular measurement of a company's impact in monetary terms, is truly a game-changer for impact transparency.In this episode of Summa & Friends, Ronnie explains why the impact revolution will see a huge acceleration in the coming years, and how businesses can optimize to ensure risk, return, and impact are balanced. To find out more, download and listen today. On today’s podcast:What is the impact revolution?How to accelerate the translation to impact economiesFrom social investment to impact economiesDon’t confuse impact investing with philanthropyMake impact the center of your focus
Ep #13: The Right Kind of Wrong
Why does it matter that we learn to navigate failure? Because, says Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and author of global bestseller, Psychological Safety, and soon, her upcoming book The Right Kind of Wrong: The science of failing well, the only mistake we make in this life is not trying. “We live in a time of increasing uncertainty and interdependence. Either one of those factors creates the inevitability of some failures along the way. So we have to learn to manage them and navigate them.”In this episode of Summa & Friends, Amy explores the difference between mistakes and failures, the importance of failure for innovation, the value of honest feedback, and more importantly, the need for humans to be open to failure. Not a single one of us is infallible, says Amy, it is possible to thrive as a fallible human being. To find out more, download and listen today. On today’s podcast:The difference between mistakes and failuresWhy failure can be strategicNavigating the ladder of inferenceHow to increase organizational psychological safetyThe importance of a growth mindset