The first ever Social Enterprise World Forum in 2008 showcased the unique potential of bringing together individuals and organisations from the social enterprise movement around the world. Since then we have held events on every continent in the world, and in 2020 we moved online to create SEWF Digital.
In 2008 when SEWF was founded, the sector lacked a global context. SEWF provided a platform where people could form long-lasting relationships, draw on and share models of best practice and drive the social enterprise movement together.
Since then, we have built momentum, developed networking opportunities, explored diverse social enterprise models, shared and created policies and exchanged learning experiences.
Our annual events and growing range of activities have allowed social enterprise leaders, practitioners and policymakers to engage and grow the social enterprise movement.
Visit past event locations on our interactive map (below) and read the impact report for each one, with information about topics, speakers, visitors and the living legacy left behind.
In 2020, with just a few months to pivot our plans after the pandemic made meeting in person impossible, we hosted the first SEWF Digital event. It was our biggest global event to date, with over 5,000 reserved places from participants across 102 countries – 26% of whom were under 30 years old. A total of 234 speakers participated in 94 social enterprise sessions. Read the SEWF Digital 2020 event report.