Pioneers for Change



What is Pioneers for Change all about?

We want to bring together like-minded people who want to leave this world a better place. Pioneers for Change is for world changers and inspires, equips, connects and supports leaders who want to explore and elevate their potential for positive, social impact.

Who else will be attending?

A select group of remarkable and amazing people from all over the world including wealth holders, wealth inheritors, aspiring philanthropists, impact investors, social angel investors, change agents, entrepreneurs, pioneering individuals, family nominated advisors and more.

Is this only for people with experience of social investment or philanthropy?

No. The programme focuses on three objectives: to learn, connect and act. Whether you are an aspiring or experienced philanthropist or social investor, the common factor is a desire to leave the world a better place. (But if you are not open to being a pioneer and exploring new ideas and want to simply write cheques, this isn’t for you.)

Why should I come?

If you are an experienced philanthropist or impact investor…
Engage, exchange, learn, create new networks, share experiences and be inspired by emerging ideas and innovations.

If you are new to philanthropy or impact investing…
Learn from some great, inspired and inspiring leaders and investors. Gain knowledge of emerging ideas or recent innovations. Discover and explore opportunities for your ideal philanthropy or social investing ventures. Create new networks to collaborate with, or support each other as your journey continues.

If you are a entrepreneur…
Exchange with, and learn from, inspiring leaders and their experiences. Create new networks.

If you are an influencer…
Engage, experience and share this important knowledge with others.

What will we do at the residential?

Pioneers for Change is not a typical seminar. It’s intimate, independent and experiential, offering a chance to learn, plan and create a personal journey map that will be personal to you and leave the world a better place. There are masterclasses, interactive discussions, storytelling, creativity, imaginative engagement and the opportunity to forge long lasting friendships. We’ll have lots of breaks and time to get to know each other. We’ll work individually, in small groups and collectively. You’ll feel welcomed and comfortable. We’ll work intensively and have fun.

What will I take away from this leadership programme?

We will provide the expertise, connections and support to help you strategically and effectively, pursue personal goals and make the world a better place. We’ll spend 2 days at the London residential providing the opportunity to step back and access intelligent, independent and creative thinking to manifest a journey plan.  In the following 6 months, with the support of your personally appointed mentor, coach and fellow Pioneers, you will pursue your goals and take the steps needed to make your plan come to life.

What is the cancellation policy for Pioneers for Change?

All paid places are non-refundable. You may however, transfer the place to an Adessy vetted individual of your choice for a £100 fee up to 30 days prior to the London residential.

What is the policy about solicitation?

All participants are asked to adhere to a no fundraising and no solicitation ethic throughout the programme. This firm policy is in the interests of offering an independent environment, and extends to all partners involved in the programme, including facilitators, mentors, coaches, speakers and sponsors.

How is Pioneers for Change funded?

Predominantly with participant fees, and the generous donation of time by many of our voluntary speakers and mentors. Partners offer their services and expertise to the programme on a cost price or voluntary basis.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with Pioneers for Change, please contact

How do I register to participate?

Just contact us and we will be in touch to arrange a brief chat. We will also require a completed application form, which includes a number of key questions to help us understand your objectives and desired outcomes for attending. This will help us to match you with a complimentary Mentor and Coach.

All potential participants are vetted to ensure the caliber and dynamic of participants facilitates a trusted, learning environment. This includes a short written application and referee. Participants are capped to a maximum of 50 individuals each year.

When should I arrive?

All participants should arrive at The Brigade venue at 08:00 on Monday 23rd March 2015.

Check-in at The Hilton London Tower Bridge can take place before or after the Conversation Dinner.

For international participants, we will provide information for accommodation choices in the local area. You are responsible for arranging and paying your own accommodation.

What should I wear to the Pioneers for Change residential?

We want you to be comfortable and suggest Business Casual attire. There is no requirement to dress up for the Conversation Dinner.

Will there be free time?

Time is scheduled for generous lunch breaks and in the evening before the Conversation Dinner. A detailed programme will be shared with participants in advance.

How can I meet other Pioneers for Change participants?

Once you have been accepted, please email us at to join our private Facebook Group.

Who is Adessy Associates and what is their relationship to Pioneers for Change?

Adessy is a boutique social impact consultancy and advisory firm specialising in social impact investment, philanthropy and corporate responsibility.

We work with individuals and organisations to assist them with strategy, structuring and implementation of high impact, sustainably viable initiatives that benefit society and provide economic, environmental and social returns. Our clients seek us out for our expertise in combining business thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit with not-for-profit insight and intelligence.

We are a dynamic team of Associates providing a highly personal service and collectively over 50+ years of sector knowledge and experience.

What we do:

  • Strategy Consulting,
  • Project Support and Advisory
  • Capacity Building through Leadership, Training and Mentoring including the Pioneers for Change Leadership Programme.

Our ethos:

We are passionate about creating catalysts for positive change.

We are a for-profit business, operating with social values and purpose. Adessy comes from a Latin word meaning ‘to inspire’, which we believe encapsulates the vision of our work and the difference we make in the world.

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