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.

“I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the digital format. The sessions felt more intimate and connected than seeing speakers up on stage. There were lots of opportunities to connect with speakers and with other participants. The speaker selection was fantastic.”
Participant, SEWF Digital 2020, Sri Lanka
“You really did bring so many amazing humans together and it has been great to see that some things don’t really change, pandemic or not!”
Participant, SEWF Digital 2020, Scotland
“I know we all missed seeing each other in person, sharing stories, meals, and cultural events together… bus rides, and hallways… but your ability to re-invent the event was nothing short of amazing… helping us across Canada to solidify relationships and sector recognition could not have been done more effectively…”
Participant, SEWF Digital 2020, Canada

2021 events

This year we travelled – albeit virtually – to Nova Scotia, Canada, where we partnered with Common Good Solutions as 2021 event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada. Our 2021 event programme featured five events across the year: Policy Forum (27-28 April), Youth Forum (27 September), SEWF 2021 (28-29 September), Rural Forum (27-28 October), and Academic Forum (16-17 November). All SEWF events in 2021 were virtual with French interpretation available during SEWF 2021 and the Rural Forum.

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.

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