Scratch my Legal Itch

An open opportunity to have a flexible, unstructured conversation with a legal expert.   Conversations for Change is a series of 5 discussions and challenges inspired by ideas put {...}

Discussion: Nothing About Us Without Us

How do we take better account of the beneficiaries of our investment? Explore the latest thinking in end-user impact using the lean data approach. Learn from international best practice. {...}

Help Shape Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Social Investment Strategy

Join us to discuss “flipping the focus” in the social investment world, from good financial returns, to the impact first. Joseph Rowntree Foundation has commissioned Small Change and The {...}

Is Social Investment Dead Without Venture Philanthropy?

There is stagnation in the charity sector: new ideas are unable to breakthrough because grant-making in the UK is not flexible enough to promote innovation, growth, and sustainability. Without {...}

Panel: Turbo-charging Social Enterprise

What can social investors do to help develop a pipeline of social investment ready social enterprises and community businesses? The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), with Access, will discuss {...}

Panel: Impact in the City

Find out how a place-based, collaborative approach to investment in cities like Bristol can promote systematic change that goes beyond outcomes-driven interventions. There has been lots of talk about {...}

Panel: Putting Social Entrepreneurs at the Heart of Social Investment

We need to redesign our value chain around social enterprises. So much of what we hear at impact and social investment events talks of deal flow, market returns etc. {...}

Preaching to the Unconverted – moving beyond the Guardian reader

How do we improve public messaging on social investment? Doing the right thing and speaks only to those who want to do it because it is right to do good/values {...}

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 {...}