Community Hubs

Community Hubs

Host a Community Hub during SEWF 2021 (28-29 September) to strengthen social enterprise in your community!

What is a Community Hub?

In 2021 we will develop a network of Community Hubs to support groups from around the world to self-organise to hold local events during our flagship forum SEWF 2021 (28-29 September). 

Community Hubs will have the opportunity to host their own experience tailored to their communities. Some Hubs may choose to hold a two-day event with live content streamed from SEWF 2021 with local in-person breakout sessions, discussions and networking. Others may take a more light-touch approach, providing a space for their community to come together to view SEWF 2021 content (live or on demand) and have local conversations, while connecting globally through SEWF 2021 event Q&A, chat and networking.  

Why Community Hubs?

In 2020, due to COVID-19, we pivoted from holding a global in-person event in Nova Scotia to hosting a fully digital event, which followed the sun to enable live participation from all time zones with attendance from over 100 countries. While online events have many benefits, including reduced environmental impact and increased reach and accessibility, the benefits of in-person gathering cannot be denied. We have developed our Community Hub concept building on lessons learned from SEWF Digital 2020 and following feedback from our Community Consultation, as well as looking at other hybrid event models.

"I'm excited by the community hub model because it can be very difficult - if not impossible - for rural social entrepreneurs to find the resources and time needed to travel to international conferences. So a model like this is great, because it affordably combines the benefits of face-to-face interaction with peers from a given region, with the expansive learning that comes from engaging with others on a global level."
Pete Ekstedt, SENVIC Regional Manager

Interested in hosting a Community Hub?

SEWF will host two information sessions in May prior to opening expressions of interest to give potential Hubs a chance to learn more, ask questions and meet others interested in hosting a Hub for their communities. 

The 60-minute sessions will cover:

  • Introduction to SEWF and the Hub strategy
  • Questions and answers 
  • Networking with other potential Community Hubs

Sessions will take place on HopIn, the platform SEWF uses for all our events, giving potential Hubs a chance to familiarise and experience an event on HopIn. Following the info sessions, SEWF will develop a FAQ and Hub Guide. Expressions of Interest will open on 6 May.

Dates and times: Monday 17 May at 17:00-18:00 BST (GMT+1) and Tuesday 18 May at 08:00-09:00 BST (GMT+1).

Register your interest

If you’re unable to attend one of the Community Hub info sessions in May, please contact us to register your interest and we will follow-up with further details.

Register your interest