Social Enterprise World Forum was established in 2008 by national social enterprise support agencies seeking a means to advance social enterprise development globally. Bringing together social enterprise practitioners, support agencies, investors, public, private and government representatives, the inaugural event in Edinburgh in 2008 provided a platform to bring together social enterprise leaders and champions from all continents to collaborate, share best practice and plan future developments. Since then, the event has gained momentum and recognition, being held around the world in Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Milan to name but a few.
Each event has reflected SEWF’s values of: commitment to social justice; equality of opportunity; emphasis on education; and commitment to excellence.
This year is no different, the programme is packed with expertise from across the globe – a font of knowledge about all things social enterprise. The key-note speaker is Michael Sheen, actor and social champion. There are DOZENS of inspirational speakers throughout the conference, including Founder and CEO of The Melting Pot Claire Carpenter and Celia Hodson, Good Ideas Class 2017-8 Member and founder of Hey Girls, a buy one give one sanitary pad social enterprise.
We’re hosting fringe events throughout the Social Enterprise World Forum. Exclusively for SEWF delegates and our Members we have: On day 1 of the conference SEWF 18 Dine Around @ The Melting Pot, a relaxed evening with great food, drink and company at the home of social innovation in the heart of the city; then Pre-Ceilidh Drinks before we all go dancing at the Jamhouse at the end of day 2. Claire will be running the Unlocking Community Assets quality coworking masterclass for SEWF delegates on Wednesday 12 September. And even if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to SEWF before it sold out you can still get involved with the Ideas for Good workshop; come along and test out your concept with the Good Ideas team.
Find more detail about our full programme and book your spot here.