The 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand. The hosts, Àkina Foundation, believe that bringing the event to New Zealand is a huge opportunity to grow the country’s bubbling social enterprise sector and support the growth of the sector globally.

The Social Enterprise World Forum is the annual international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. The event attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe.

Christchurch, New Zealand’s most resilient city, is a natural choice to welcome the event. After being crippled by a series of catastrophic earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch is a city reconstructing itself on every level and it has become an international model of community resilience and innovation – characteristics at the heart of social enterprise.

The theme for SEWF 2017 is “Ka korokì te manu – creating our tomorrow”. Derived from a traditional Màori prayer about the birdsongs of the morning chorus, the theme refers to a wake-up call and welcome to the challenges and glories of a new day. It is an invitation to create a global legacy of positive change and to take an active role in prototyping the world’s future.

The Forum will be one of the largest conferences in Christchurch since the earthquakes, with over 1200 delegates expected from around the world. In the spirit of inclusivity and accessibility, Akina has created a bursary fund that will assist the participation of a larger group of social enterprise practitioners. SEWF 2017 is about participation, celebrating diversity and learning from each other. In order to foster this energy, six streams of activities will give delegates a chance to personalise and share their experience.

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We know the dawn of every day is ripe with opportunity - a chance to create, explore, innovate or simply just try again. SEWF 2017 will be about the potential of this future and our responsibility to seize it.” Alex Hannant,  Chief Executive , Àkina Foundation

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Discover Christchurch with local tours, public events, screenings and more!

Experience local social entrepreneurship first-hand by joining us for 8 days of social enterprise experiences in Christchurch and its surroundings, from the city to the peninsula and rural areas, starting on the 23rd until the 30th of September.

The Transitional City Stream, supported by Christchurch CityCouncil, includes:

  • 25 local tours of social enterprises and communities touched by the social enterprise vibe, with more than 20 host organisations. Just to give you a taste: tours will be about urban activation, community gardens, indigenous social enterprises and other 11 themes!
  • Marketplace: plenty of food trucks and market stalls will be waiting for you around the Forum venues. Meet the locals and use vouchers to delight your taste buds!
  • Public talks, educational and inspirational (programme coming soon).

All SEWF 2017 delegates get a chance to sign up for the tours as part of the registration process.

Read more about local tours here

Do you help Social Enterprises with capability development? Join the Intermediary Stream!

At the Forum, we’ll be running a special stream for organisations that provide training, capability development, and incubation for social enterprises. In this stream, you'll have the opportunity to discuss common challenges that intermediaries experience, with topics such as: business models for intermediaries, impact investment readiness programmes, developing the ecosystem (funders, legislators, investors, etc.), and more! 

Here, have a quick look at what we've got prepared for you: 

  • Meet your fellow intermediaries at the Intermediary Dinner (Sept 26, at own cost)
  • Take part to the Fail Fest and celebrate your stories of failures (Sept 27)
  • Come to the Pitch Olympics and learn best practices (Sept 28)
  • Join the Intermediary Day, with facilitated sessions and workshops just for you (Sept 29)

The Intermediary Stream is FREE to attend as part of your SEWF registration. If you want to be part of the conversation, please register your interest here