For some, social investment opens up a world of opportunities.
For others, it represents the demise of the social economy. These people are sceptical about the motives of investors. They're also concerned that private sector financing will force social enterprises to become too focused on making money - and lose sight of their environmental and social goals.
But given the increasing challenges we are face within our communities, the lack of public sector funding available to support social and environmental services, and the growing interest in impact investment: it would be wise to consider new - and possibly better - ways of doing things.