These Māori words are the theme of this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum, a three-day festival which aims to create a global legacy of positive change. SEWF 2017 is also one of the key supporters of NESI Forum.
Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is an essential event for anyone passionate about addressing the challenges and inequalities of our complex and interconnected world. Although focused on the needs of those leading and working within social enterprise, the event also opens its doors to a wide mix of supporters and partner organisations. It’s an opportunity to share insights on practice from across the globe, debate policy to advance sector development, and inspire one another towards positive change.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Ka koroki te manu – Creating our tomorrow’. Derived from a Māori prayer about the first birdsongs of the morning chorus (New Zealand is the first country in the world to see the sun), this sentence reminds us that each new day offers endless opportunities to create, explore, innovate, so we have the responsibility to seize these opportunities.
“SEWF 2017 is an open invitation to take an active role in shaping the future of this planet we all call home.”
SEWF’s 10th edition will take place in Christchurch (New Zealand) on 27-29 September and it will be hosted by New Zealand’s social enterprise growth agency Ākina Foundation. Newly appointed Ākina Trustee and SEWF 2017 speaker, Michelle Sharp, is most excited about the legacy the forum will leave: “It has been a remarkable experience to be involved in SEWF 2017 since day one. This event will be a springboard for the growth and development of the social enterprise ecosystem in New Zealand. I would love to see diversity in the crowd, from interested young people to heads of commercial organisations and charities looking to evolve”
Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 has recently launched its 3-day programme, which includes plenaries, mini-plenaries, participative sessions and workshops. Topics for these range from community regeneration and community-led development; the common drive, passion and values of the practitioners of the world; capability building, funding and innovation with an international perspective; global citizenship; guardianship and stewardship; indigenous social entrepreneurship; social procurement; and the future of business.
In addition to that, there will be an ‘Open’ and ‘Transitional City’ stream that have been designed to enhance the attendees’ experience, celebrate diversity, share real stories and insights, and promote cross-pollination. This stream opens up the Forum to the city of Christchurch and its community. Christchurch has become an international model of community resilience and innovation – characteristics at the heart of social enterprise – as a city reconstructing itself on every level after the 2011 earthquakes.
The discussions at SEWF 2017 will be led and facilitated by social enterprise leaders and by the people doing the work on the ground across the world, to ensure that innovation, impact and positive transformation are tackled in practical terms and to offer practical learning and actionable outcomes.
We cannot wait meet them all! Though, before that, SEWF 2017 team will be at NESI Forum! Are you joining us?
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