Since the first Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008, our events have brought together thousands of people from around the world to build the community, capacity and capability within the social enterprise sector. Each year, we move around the world, working with a different co-host to bring our delegates challenging, topical programmes featuring local, national and international expertise.
This year we travel – albeit virtually – to Nova Scotia, Canada, where we have partnered with Common Good Solutions as 2021 event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada. Our 2021 event programme features five events across the year: Policy Forum (27-28 April), Rural Forum (8- 9 June), Youth Forum (27 September), SEWF 2021 (28-29 September) and Academic Forum (16-17 November). All SEWF events in 2021 will be virtual with French interpretation.
How we create the SEWF events
Our events are designed for social enterprise, by social enterprise. Each year has a spotlight on a specific geography, as well as featuring international priorities and themes. The programme is co-designed and co-created with partners, including deciding on key themes and speaker nominations. By working together with leaders and organisations from around the world, we can ensure that we create a programme that is representative, addressing the needs of social enterprise operating in a diverse range of contexts.
The SEWF legacy
Since 2008, we have held events in countries around the world, covering every continent. Find out more about the legacy we’ve built and dig into the archives to read each event’s impact report. You can also access video footage from our first ever online event, SEWF Digital 2020.