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Linking the Global Ambitions of Social Enterprise to our Local Context

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 15 June 2018

By Josiah Lockhart CEO of Firstport Last week I was sat in Edinburgh’s St Andrews Square discussing issues surrounding land reform, community ownership, grants vs. loans, community shares, and social enterprise. And, a month before that, I went out to visit nine new social enterprises I had never been to before, including a community-owned restaurant,… Read more »

The Power of Connection

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 07 June 2018

Chris Martin, SEWF’s Rural Study Tour convener, tells us about the connections and partnerships made at SEWF 2017 and what you’ll experience this year on the tour of Callander, an area full of enterprising villages and towns.   Watch Chris’s video!

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Michael Sheen Announced as Headline Speaker

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Michael Sheen, who is famed for his roles in Hollywood films Twilight, Tron and Underworld, has become increasingly well-known for his passion in campaigning for community rights, social and economic welfare on his home soil in Wales and the UK. We are absolutely thrilled that he will be joining SEWF as one of our headline… Read more »

SEWF 2017 is Still Influencing What I Do Today

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 03 April 2018

By Michelle Ferguson Director of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company Why would I want to fly around the world to be part of the SEWF 2017, especially as I don’t enjoy flying? Wouldn’t it be just another conference where you scribbled down some notes and collected business cards from people you would never hear from again? I… Read more »

Duncan Osler looks at how SEWF can transform lives

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 02 March 2018

  Transformational is an overused term, but the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Christchurch really was transformational. Christchurch was hit by a major earthquake in 2011, killing 185 people and destroying buildings all across the city. After years of work, the city is very largely rebuilt, but not as a replica of the… Read more »

SEWF 2018 Exhibition EOI

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  SEWF 2018 will feature an exhibition showcasing the products and services that social enterprises and our supporters have to offer. This will be a fantastic opportunity for companies to promote and sell their products and services to an interested group comprising of Scottish, UK and International participants. We would like to invite companies to… Read more »

SEWF ‘Young Talent Programme’ bursary open for applications

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  We are delighted to partner with PwC as a Platinum sponsor of SEWF 2018. PwC and SEWF recognise the importance of engaging young people in social enterprise and our partnership allows us to provide 100 bursary places for young people, aged 16-24 years old, who are working in or engaged with social enterprises. The… Read more »

SEWF 2018 Supply Chain Opportunities

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    We have a commitment to spend the majority of the SEWF 2018 budget with businesses who enable positive social and environmental impacts in local communities. We have already committed to products and services worth over £500,000 with social enterprises and local businesses. We would now like to invite social enterprises to express an… Read more »

Event theme and first speakers announced!

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SEWF 2018 – Inspiring a new decade of impact   Since the first Social Enterprise World Forum in 2008, social enterprises around the world have transformed lives, revitalised communities and tackled big economic issues. The 2018 Forum will reflect on global progress and learning, while working with the movement to establish a common vision and… Read more »

Innovation and Inclusive Growth – New Zealand style!  

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 13 February 2018

  New Zealand tends to conjure up images of rugby, wine, sheep (possibly with mint sauce!) – maybe even Lord of the Rings or, to some of us from a certain vintage, Kiri te Kanawa. To its indigenous Maori population it is ‘The Land of The Long White Cloud’, but to the 1,600+ international delegates… Read more »

SEWF 2018 Academic Symposium ‘Call for Papers’

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 02 February 2018

We invite you to attend and take part in the very first Social Enterprise World Forum Academic Symposium: Advancing Social Enterprise Research, Teaching and Engagement, which is being held at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th September 2018, prior to the main Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 in Edinburgh. The… Read more »

Scotland to host Social Enterprise World Forum 2018

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Social enterprises in Scotland and across the UK will welcome the international social enterprise movement to Edinburgh for the 10th Social Enterprise World Forum this year. The Forum will take place in the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12th-14th September 2018 (view the launch video). The anticipated 1200 participants will include social enterprise leaders, policy makers,… Read more »

Cabinet Secretary welcomes world to social enterprise event coming home to Scotland

Posted by: Jonathon Henderson / 29 September 2017

  Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities headed a Scottish delegation in Christchurch, New Zealand on 29th September 2017 at the closing ceremony for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum during which she accepted handover of the event, which will next take place on 12-14th September 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre…. Read more »