The Ākina Foundation is the main intermediary growing social enterprise in New Zealand. Ākina led and won the bid to bring the event to New Zealand in 2017, with a strong intent to create a unique opportunity to grow the country’s bubbling social enterprise sector.
SEWF 2017 was held on 27-29 September 2017 in Christchurch, Canterbury. New Zealand’s most resilient city was 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.
SEWF 2017, themed “Ka koroki te manu – creating our tomorrow”, was set up to be about participation, celebrating diversity and learning from each other. The organising team led by Ākina designed and planned SEWF 2017 in line with values of collaboration, respect, openness, and humility. From day one, collaboration and co-creation have been at the heart of the event’s design, engaging and consulting with partners and supporters, as well as the wider community.
At SEWF 2017, we saw some commitments and announcements that will significantly support the scale and ambition of our sector:
To find out more about SEWF 2017, to listen to interviews and watch videos from the event, visit www.sewf2017.org
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