In the first of a series looking at 'patient, risk bearing' capital, Duncan Brown asks why social investment is so dominated by short-term, rigid debt instruments – and why there's so little support for higher risk, high return social innovation.
Social investors have long backed action on things like domestic abuse or economic inequality – so why the silence on racial injustice? Diversity Forum co-chair Amir Rizwan on how they can start to put their money where their mouths are.
UK high street banks have been called upon to support emergency loan fund for social ventures, while social investors promise three-week turnaround and regular reviews to adapt and improve the fund where needed.
Investing for impact often requires alternative investment structures, but it's not always easy to understand the options. Toniic's John Berger on revenue-based financing, steward ownership and blended finance – and how the Impact Terms Project can help.
Research from The Young Foundation – seen as a first step in the “learning journey” – recommends setting up a group to explore low-cost tools and to test new ways of hearing from the people social investors aim to serve.