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About Blueprints

Criterion’s series of Blueprints on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change are designed to demonstrate how leaders working within diverse social change organizations can use finance as a tool in their work. This may entail disrupting or influencing current systems, forging new alliances or partnerships with individuals and organizations that are already using finance for social change, or crafting new models that fundamentally shift how power operates in the economic and financial relationships within a society.

The Blueprints outline five strategies for using finance for social change, a methodology developed by Criterion and utilized by social change organizations, governments, and investors across six continents. The Blueprints are a metaphor for the technical process of developing a detailed plan of action. They are intended to expand the imagination of leaders in a specific context, so they can transform design into reality.

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Alice Through the Gender Investing Lens

April 7, 2016

This poem was inspired by a wonderful quote used by both Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama in their speeches: “the arc of the moral universe — of history — is long but it bends toward justice…”

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Our History: Gender Lens Investing

From the beginning, Criterion has played a significant role in establishing the field of gender lens investing. We began with (re)Value Gender, which built key research methodology that bridges gender expertise and finance expertise and creates a space for leaders to practice, build insight, and produce evidence. We looked for examples of bias in investments, where gender patterns were undervalued and, as a result, risks and opportunities missed.

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State of the Field

July 28, 2016

The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing report was published in October 2015. This groundbreaking piece of research culminated from Criterion’s many years of field building and relationship cultivation through sixteen innovative Convergence gatherings.

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Value the future of equality
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Gender Lens Investing

February 12, 2024

The "Gender Lens Investing" champions a holistic approach towards integrating gender equality into financial systems, underpinning the belief that finance can and should be a force for social good.

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6 Areas of Activity

January 30, 2024

The purpose of Criterion Institute is to expand who sees themselves as able to use finance as a tool for social change. At the core, we are changing “how” social change happens. As a result, over the past 20 years, Criterion has had a significant focus on our “how.”

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Web3 Solutions for Social Change

January 8, 2024

In recent years, a variety of financial innovations enabled by Web3 and blockchain technology have emerged as transformative forces, aiming to challenge the status quo and address the systemic inequities ingrained in traditional financial systems.

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Our work depends on an ever-expanding community of team members, advisors, donors, and other partners who help us demonstrate our theory of change and ultimately achieve our mission. Learn more about how you can become more engaged in our work.

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