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TED Talks: Season 2013

2013x228 Toby Eccles: Invest in social change
TV-PG

  • 2013-12-02T06:00:00+01:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely — but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an imaginative idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund initiatives with a social goal through private money — with the government paying back the investors (with interest) if the initiatives work.

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