The Alternative Commission On Social Investment

Roundtable meeting on 16th December 2014

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 will look 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. Visit the website for more information.

The Alternative Commission will explore five key questions:

  • What do social sector organisations want?
  • Can social investment, as currently conceived, meet that need?
  • What’s social about social investment?
  • Who are social investors and what do they want?
  • What can we do to make social investment better?

This roundtable meeting allowed members to offer input to the discussion and share experiences and knowledge with the researchers.