What are the big questions facing the UK social investment sector? What challenges and opportunities does this emerging industry face? How can we work more collaboratively, using social investment, to solve the challenges our society faces?
These questions inspired the Gathering in Leicester on 11-12 March 2019, the second iteration of an event created by the sector for the sector, to explore collaborative solutions for the UK social investment market. This was an opportunity for 150+ active social investors to build networks, listen to new voices, and propose solutions to sector challenges.
During the two days in Leicester, delegates participated in nearly 30 different sessions, including workshops, panels, discussions, debates, ‘challenges’ and ‘conversations for change’. The content in the report has been divided into the four key themes of the event: Connecting to the Social Sector, Prioritising Impact, Building the Market, and Future Gazing & Future Shaping.
The report gives a summary of the key discussions and actions from the event. The intent is to share the ideas and proposed solutions more widely, both with delegates who attended; the broader social sector; and investors,organisations or individuals who want to explore how social investment can be used to support and finance social change.
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