This post was originally produced for Forbes.
Have you ever thought that really addressing climate change would require more than just swapping our light bulbs for compact florescent bulbs and LEDs?
It is just that sort of thinking that created the Aspen Institute’s Accelerating Market-driven Partnerships program, the purpose of which is to build public-private partnerships, including both the corporate sector and nonprofits, to invest in projects and technologies that will protect the environment.
Executive Director Robert Foster explains, “As the world becomes increasingly connected – and complicated – it is critical that we harness the power of multi-stakeholder collaborations where they are needed.”
“If we are to adequately address the climate crisis in the next 30 years government, business, foundations, and civil society have an important role to play,” he adds. “AMP builds models that increase the amount and effectiveness of capital invested into climate resilience and low-carbon technologies globally.”
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at noon Eastern, Foster will join me for a live discussion about the program’s efforts to spur investment in the environment. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
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More about AMP:
Launched by the United States Department of State, AMP, a program of the Aspen Institute, drives investments and builds partnerships that drive large-scale innovative solutions and create durable change. We work with our members and partners to dramatically increase the amount and effectiveness of capital invested into climate resilience and the low-carbon technologies.
Robert Foster is the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Accelerating Market-driven Partnerships (AMP). Robert’s past work include the development of social purpose investment vehicles with private investment firms, the development of global market and policy strategies with foundations, and the implementation of market-based biodiversity conservation and poverty-reduction initiatives in Latin America with non-profits. Robert is a Women Effects Investments Fellow at the Criterion Institute and also serves on social-impact selection committees and investment committees, such as the Hitachi Foundation’s Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur’s Awards, and the Patient Capital Collaborative, a venture fund dedicated to Social Impact. Robert is a board member of the Social Venture Network and he holds a MSc from Oxford University.