,  • September 19, 2018

Edinburgh’s Social Enterprise World Forum took the city by storm! It was an incredible week, packed with inspiration and opportunities to connect with social innovators from around the world. From Maori birthday wishes to workshops for coworking business leaders, here are our highlights!

Last week saw 1400 international delegates take over Edinburgh for the Social Enterprise World Forum, a wonderful mix of connections, experiences, inputs and random collisions ensued. This enormous gathering of the social enterprise movement takes place annually, moving around the globe each year. Last year SEWF wrapped up in New Zealand and headed to Edinburgh, where it started 10 years ago. At the closing ceremony this year the torch was passed to Ethiopia, home to 55,000 social enterprises! But for now, let’s reminisce about the week social enterprise collided with tartan, bagpipes and ceilidh dancing…

The Melting Pot hosted a variety of events over the week as an official partner and fringe event venue. More than 200 people participated in our social gatherings and learning sessions. Our sister organisation the Coworking Accelerator delivered a coworking masterclass, CEO Claire Carpenter joined a panel on unlocking community assets and Good Ideas did what they do best; they supported social entrepreneurs, helping refine their good idea to make change. We made friends, did deals and learned from other people.

We’re not entirely sure Claire went home at all last week, she was far too busy soaking up the socent goodness! When we finally pinned her down she told us,

“Personal highlights for me begin with a Maori rendition of Happy Birthday for Morgan from Malawi at our our dine-around. I loved soaking up the craic and warmth of people connecting at our dinner parties and pop-up bar. As ever, I found great pleasure in showcasing inspirational stories from the next generation of coworking business leaders that we’re working with around the world. And a highlight that will take us into the future was joining up the missing dots to connect players across 3 continents and make something BIG happen in Malawi – watch this space…”

We’re already looking forward to SEWF19 in Ethiopia, but frankly we’re glad for a rest after making the most of the world’s biggest union of social enterprise. Thank you to everyone involved in making the event happen and all the incredible people we connected with.

For other people’s highlights why not listen to this podcast from Impact Boom