SEWF 2022

In 2022, we held SEWF’s first hybrid event (SEWF22) with options for participation in person in Brisbane, at Community Hubs around the world and also online. In addition to our flagship event, we held a virtual Policy Forum in May. Co-hosted by White Box Enterprises (Australia), the 2022 theme was Co-Creating the Future with five programme themes: Climate Solutions, Excellence & Failure, Indigenous Social Enterprise, Policy & Systems and Unusual Suspects.

Meet SEWF 2022 Co-hosts

With the theme of the year centering around “co-creating the future”, spread across the SEWF22 week were in-person fringe events hosted in association with SEWF including the Academic Symposium (27 September hosted by the Australian University Social Enterprise Alliance), the Australian Social Enterprise Youth Forum (27 September) and the Rural Gathering (2-5 October hosted by ACRE).


Policy Forum

  • 751 participants registered
  • 55 countries represented


  • 2,770 tickets booked
  • 93 countries represented

Policy Forum

  • 30 live sessions
  • 30 speakers and moderators


  • 70 sessions
  • 20% of speakers at SEWF 2021 were under 30
  • Over 60%of speakers identified as women or girls
  • Over 70 % were first time SEWF speakers
Social media reach

SEWF stats through the year ( 1 January – 30 October 2022)

  • #SEWF2022 and SEWF22 were the official hashtags
  • 22,000+ followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • 247,899 pageviews on website
  • 1,107+ posts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
Bursaries accessed

926 bursaries were awarded


Eight (8) ways we made accessibility a priority during SEWF22. Read more here.

  • We had a Diversity and Inclusion Committee guiding us
  • Participants could join event from anywhere in the world
  • We chose an accessible venue
  • We had a quiet room onsite for participants to unwind
  • Sign language and CC captions were in place
  • Registration for SEWF22 was easy and accessible
  • Bursaries and discounted tickets were available to enable more people to access the event
  • Our entire program ⏤ from speakers to session topics ⏤ was diverse to accommodate everyone.

Policy Forum

“Being exposed to more of the sector – so much good stuff going on! Provides a sense of hope and optimism that maybe we can create enough shift and momentum to achieve the scale of change needed in the timeframes required to keep our communities livable in the face of rapid change and intense challenges/threats (e.g. climate change)”. ⏤ Participant, Australia


“It is absolutely refreshing! SEWF is an opportunity to bring to the forefront the fun, exciting, and successful ways of making impact”. ⏤ Nataly Tormey (Australia)

  • During the event, a total of 908.3kg of waste was produced. Of this total, 68.9% (614.8kg) was diverted from landfill and entered the supplied composting waste stream, 10.3%(93.8kg) entered commingled recycling, whilst the remaining
    22% (199.7kg) was generated landfill waste.
  • All tickets (Digital Passes and Physical Passes) for SEWF22 included a mandatory carbon offset. This was split between two social enterprise partners, SELCO Foundation in India as our international partner and the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation as our Australian partner, offsetting 74 tonnes of carbon (valued at $3,364 – $3,709).
  • SEWF Social Enterprise Verification pilot phase gave social enterprises access (free) to:
  1. unrestricted funding
  2. social enterprise trainings
  3. new sales channels
  4. pro bono support
  5. discounted services
  • Over 30 Community Hubs participated in SEWF22. Hub locations included Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Liberia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Palestine, Rwanda, Scotland, Sri Lanka and Turkey.