The Alternative Commission on Social Investment: conclusions and recommendations

This meeting took place on 18th June 2015

The Alternative Commission on Social Investment is an initiative set-up to investigate what’s wrong with the UK social investment market and to make practical suggestions for how the market can be made more accessible and relevant to a wider range of charities, social enterprises and citizens working to bring about positive social change.

The Commission has looked at how we can move beyond replicating expensive mainstream approaches to finance for the social sector and develop approaches that are more social, putting people before structures and institutions and prioritising social change. London Funders held a meeting in December 2014 to feed into this discussion (details here).

Social Spider CIC received a grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to carry out the project. The commission team has been led by David Floyd with independent advice and support from Dan Gregory and Nikki Wilson, guided by a group of Commissioners, all of whom have some interest and knowledge of social investment but many of whom offer experiences and perspectives beyond those of the current major stakeholders in the social investment market.

This meeting looked at the Commission’s conclusions and discussed the recommendations made.

Relevant documents:
Conclusions and recommendations
Full report from the Commission