Challenge: Democratising Social Finance

Who is innovating to raise community-based investment? What are they doing about crowdfunding through community shares? Why does it sometimes work and sometimes not? What are the good and {...}

Panel: 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

An update on the Pensions for Purpose initiative started at the 2017 Gathering: Do we need capital from UK pension funds in social investment? If so, where is this {...}

Discussion: Building Social Investment Infrastructure

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

Debate: Do I Want You in my Sandbox?

How do we resolve the tensions between philanthropic and commercial capital- and the very different views between different investors? As more mainstream funds come into this space, who is {...}

Panel: How Patient is Patient Capital?

What products should we be looking at if we want to prioritise impact? How are we using different products such a longer form/concessional finance/blended finance? How can we drive {...}

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

How can we make social investment more accessible to a diverse client base? What sort of organisations are successful in winning social investment? What’s the deal for black and minority {...}

Debate: Bold Commissioners

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