What’s This all About?

In April 2015, around 35 social entrepreneurs and investors came together in Oxford, at Marmalade to build on the findings of the Alternative Commission on Social Investment.

This hackathon-style, intensive collaboration aimed to design, develop and deliver practical and tangible new products, services and initiatives to help make social investment more relevant and accessible to social enterprises. Ideas were intended to change practice: from greater accountability and transparency on one hand through to a more equitable balance of interest between investors and investees on the other. Participants worked in teams to brainstorm and prioritise ideas, rapidly prototype and test them, design and develop those that were considered viable and then launch them (fully or in beta) to the world.

By the end of the two days, the following nine ideas had emerged:

Navigating Social Investment

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Rhubarb! A Hype Decelerator

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The Social Pensions Manifesto

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Social Investment From the Ground up

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Whose Shoes Would you Like to Walk in Today?

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Community Co-Design & Co-Commissioning

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An Ecology of Action for Change in Foundations

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#SocEnt led Research on #SocInv

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Underwriting by the People for the People

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What’s Next?

Individually each of the ideas has identified what's next. Click through the above links to find out about the people driving each initiative and to explore how each of them plan to develop. You'll see that some of the ideas have already taken on a life of their own, while others require further close working and assistance.

With Social Invest Fest! we plan to develop an ongoing programme of support for passionate and committed people to lead the development of new social investment products, services and initiatives from the ground up.

If you are interested in getting involved in this initiative, or in supporting it, then get in touch.