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Impact Investing in the Creative Economy Today

Twenty Twenty-One is the United Nations International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Acknowledging the importance of the creative sector, the framers of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals included creativity and culture alongside economics and technology when charting the path forward for global development.1 Creativity and culture are recognised as contributing to dialogue and understanding between peoples, as empowering people to take ownership of their own development, and as the basis for innovation that can drive inclusive and sustainable growth.2 The COVID-19 pandemic puts joint efforts by governments, civil society, private sector and international organisations in a new dimension, highlighting the…
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Laura Callanan, founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, is connecting impact investing to the creative economy. Before launching Upstart Co-Lab, Laura was senior deputy chair of the National Endowment for the Arts; consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector Office; and associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation where she managed the endowment ... Read more

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