Simfoni is a problem-solving organization with an emphasis on solving productivity, economic, and social problems through research, development, and investment to increase community capacity and capabilities, with a focus on nontraditional solutions. To maximize effectiveness, Simfoni integrates impact at the unit level; meaning, that we recruit only those who take personal ownership and accountability for progress on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals as a lifestyle.

Purpose

Simfoni’s purpose is solving perceived problems by originating and sourcing ideas and enabling research, development/proof of concept, and investment in prospective solutions.

Tez Ward

Simfoni, Founder

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We believe it is vital to state clearly to the world the set of our beliefs about Inclusive Capitalism. As such, we start with our Statement of Guiding Principles for Inclusive Capitalism. Knowing that words alone are not enough, each of us is making a series of commitments about how we will operate our institutions so that they help achieve Inclusive Capitalism. These commitments are forward-looking statements based on current goals, expectations and assumptions, which are not guarantees of future performance. For more information, please refer to our Terms of Use

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Summary

Simfoni will identify and report on place-based impact metrics rooted in the lived experience of people by the end of 2025 and incorporate these across 100% of projects.

Objectives

Simfoni seeks to identify place-based impact metrics based on research into the lived experience of individuals and families living in poverty and existing industry best practices by the end of 2025 and incorporate these across 100% of projects. Our ultimate aim is to promote dignity and equality, skills for the future, wealth creation and employment, and community and social vitality.

Metrics & Targets

By the end of 2022, two white papers will be published to discuss findings across a representative set of communities by population: an initial paper focused on one community and a subsequent one focused on variation across a population. By the end of 2025, a third white paper will explore variation across a representative set of countries that vary by GDP and within, communities by population, or other relevant existing or developed measure of statistically significant variation in group types, goals and/or activities. What is the Simfoni Profile of each individual in our community? The Simfoni Profile is a proprietary collection of descriptive key: values continuously updated. What is the story of each individual in our community? What were the Critical Events of their lives? What are the Attributors to Outcomes, past and present? What are their empowerment systems? What are the needs and goals of each individual in our community? What are the ideas of each individual in our community? What is the level of integrity of each individual in our community? How well do we understand the life experience of each individual in our community? What role can Simfoni play in the lives of each individual in our community? Metrics that are of keen interest are: Debt Capacity, or how much debt a household is estimated to be able to assume as a percentage of household income and the household’s appetite for future debt as quantitative and qualitative measures, which accounts for attitudes toward debt. In addition, productivity metrics, measured as time from goal set to goal accomplishment, and well-being metrics, such as reported and observed sense of fulfillment, life outlook, and health will be presented. Recommendations and tracking for accountability measures and metrics of higher education institutions will be developed featuring first-job annual income/tuition and first and second employment tenure by demographic. Behavior-based “credit worthiness” metrics will also be presented for testing. Finally, we will develop a community profile, which includes a profile of currently foregone investment opportunities with an emphasis on gender equality, circular economy, and sustainability opportunities. A full version of the report will be made available to Client Communities that have indicated an interest in establishing an Economic Empowerment Fund and a signed Notice to Proceed. We will incorporate these metrics across 100% of our projects in that community. We will also join or build coalitions that are representative of the community’s United Way, community foundation, community leadership and business authorities, banking sector, major employers, workforce authorities, housing projects, and hospitality industry leaders to catalyze adoption of these metrics by other organizations working in the community.

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Summary

Invest in 12 place-based projects to promote dignity and equality, skills for the future, wealth creation and employment, and community and social vitality by the end of 2021.

Objectives

Simfoni seeks to develop inclusive ecosystems in Client Communities, which are communities with interest in our Economic Empowerment Funds, with a signed Notice to Proceed.

Metrics & Targets

Raise a USD 300 million Economic Empowerment Fund by the end of 2021 for investment in Low Capacity individuals and families, which features micro-lending, debt and contract settlement, technology investment and Precision Equity (Precision Equity is an equity investment in the individual, much like a debt contract). Low Capacity is a designation that will be defined by the findings shared in our white papers, but will include capacity for new debt, skills and abilities, outlook, and other factors. We plan to invest funds in the first 12 place-based projects by the end of 2021, and the remaining within 180 days of deposit, into the Opportunity Zones and other incentives-aligned opportunities of Client Communities to promote dignity and equality, skills for the future, wealth creation and employment, and community and social vitality. Client Communities are communities that have expressed interest in our Economic Empowerment Funds and have signed a Notice to Proceed.

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Summary

Simfoni will make 90% of productive resource allocation in low-to-moderate income Client Communities tech enabled by the end of 2021. Client Communities are those with interest in our Economic Empowerment Funds, with a signed Notice to Proceed.

Objectives

Simfoni seeks to make 90% of productive resource allocation in low-to-moderate income Client Communities, tech enabled by the end of 2021. Our ultimate aim is to promote dignity and equality, skills for the future, wealth creation and employment, and community and social vitality.

Metrics & Targets

Develop AI to direct 90% of productive resources, including for skills building, goals, goal tracking, and pathways mapping, mentorship opportunities and relationship development, and financial management training, in at least one Client Community through the technology platform by the end of 2021. Client Communities are those with an interest in establishing a Simfoni Economic Empowerment Fund and a signed Notice to Proceed. Currently, an in-person visit to different social or civic organizations is required to access these resources, which can be inefficient, confusing, and time-consuming for the people who need them the most. We seek to equip 120,000 users with basic technological needs including mobile devices and internet access and deploy IoT and web application technology into 12 Client Communities. We will pilot distribution of 10,000 devices in at least one community in 2021 and strive to meet basic needs in all 12 Client Communities by 2025. An onboarding program will need to be developed to ensure that good early technology and AI usage habits are developed and ensure technology gains don’t fall short.

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