Challenge: Democratising Social Finance

Democratising Social Finance: mobilising individual investors (alongside institutions) Who is innovating to raise community-based investment? What are they doing about crowdfunding through community shares? Why does it sometimes work {...}

Discussion: Apps, Platforms and the Unintended Consequences of the Tech Revolution

From Fintech to Tech4Good, technology is creating new approaches and opportunities. How can social investors engage with the tech revolution and help those we invest in make better use {...}

Panel: Headlines of the Future

What are the social investment stories of the future? What do we want the headlines in Pioneers Post to say in 10 years’ time? What would we most like {...}

Challenge: Awakening the Sleeping Giants

Four housing association giants have launched a new social investment fund, the Community Impact Partnership (CIP). This joint venture between Orbit Group, Clarion Housing Group, L&Q and Peabody Trust, {...}

Workshop: Playing the Long Game

At The Gathering 2017, Karen Shackleton facilitated a session focused on encouraging and enabling UK pension funds to allocate 5% of their assets to social investment. The Pensions for {...}

Discussion: Building Social Investment Infrastructure

How do we make social investment work better? Who’s doing what to build the infrastructure, how does it fit together, and how do we know it’s really helping? Who {...}

Debate: Do I Want You in my Sandbox?

An interactive debate between two teams from each corner of the sandbox. Are those with philanthropic and those with commercial capital playing nicely together? How do we resolve the {...}

Challenge: How Patient is Patient Capital?

In this session on “shifting product”, we will run an exercise to generate ideas for how social investors could provide a more helpful range of products to social entrepreneurs. Social {...}

Workshop: Bracing for Impact

How do we deal with failure? When an investment is not going well, how do investors make the trade-off between financial and social return? Come join a frank discussion {...}

Workshop: Whose Impact is it Anyway?

What are we all doing to raise the bar on impact? Are we remembering to give impact a strong enough voice on the investment committee? What’s the difference between {...}

Workshop: Oiling the Wheels

What are we doing to make the investment process as swift and painless as possible? What feedback are we getting about the investment process from our investees?  What is {...}

Discussion: Encouraging New Voices

A spotlight on the new voices that have emerged from the Connect Fund, that are increasingly asking the right questions of social investment. Research commissioned by the Diversity Forum {...}

Debate: Bold Commissioners

At a time of austerity, there is an even stronger case to work collaboratively. Who are the commissioners enabling positive change and what can we learn from them or {...}