Why you can’t afford to miss Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that the full programme for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum is now ready to share with our wider whānau!

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

Our very own (and very talented) Helene Malandain, and her support crew (thanks Jason Pemberton, Helene Tholoniat and Simon Cooke!) have been working hard over the past 18 months, collaborating with corporate partners, government agencies, the SEWF board, working groups, and social enterprises from around Aotearoa to co-create the outline for this exciting event.

It’s been an incredible journey of exploration, into a growing industry that last year had a Government report proposing significant investment for further development. There’s never been a more exciting time to be in social enterprise in New Zealand.

The foundational work started in early November 2016, when we hosted Scotland-based social entrepreneur, Gerry Higgins. Co-founder of the Social Enterprise World Forum, Gerry provided unique first-hand insight from Scotland’s mature social enterprise sector, where over 200 new social enterprises form each year.

Gerry speaking at a Social Enterprise World Forum event in WellingtonGerry Higgins speaking at a Social Enterprise World Forum event in Wellington, November 2016

Helene’s aim was to create a programme that best serves the needs of our growing sector. She’s had plenty of community engagement, with suggestions for speakers through online discussions and at events that ran in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

Some of the session have also been co-created with the help of some key partners, including SAP, Kiwibank, NZ Post, Clemenger BBDO, Rata Foundation, Pacific Business Trust, and Russell McVeagh.

What’s in store for participants at Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 will be something pretty special. The core programme has been split into three categories; Listen, Do, Discuss, promoting accessibility and full engagement across different learning and working styles.

Core Programme for Social Enterprise World Forum
Along with traditional plenary sessions, there will also be plenty of opportunities for delegates to participate in interactive sessions and practical workshops. Imagine exploring topics such as ‘social enterprise in recovery and regeneration’, ‘social enterprise and indigenous aspirations’, and ‘rewriting the social contract’ with other like-minded change makers?

Open and Transitional City Stream for Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

On Day One, an all-of-conference discussion will be facilitated, where we’ll agree on what we’d like to achieve during the three days of focussed discussion. In addition to the core programme, there will also be an Open Stream with which participants can engage in networking, work on their business, regenerate, and even lead their own co-organised sessions.

Plus, we’re teaming up with the Christchurch City Council to create a whole host of events leading up to the Forum in our Transitional City Stream. These events will be designed to give you a better understanding of the Christchurch social enterprise sector; there will be tours, social enterprise visits, screenings, etc. A full programme will be announced soon.

Speaker Announcement #3 for Social Enterprise World Forum

There’s plenty of speakers that are worth coming along to connect with, including Sir Ray Avery (NZ), Peter Holbrook (UK), Indu Balachandran (Australia), Jimmy Pham (Vietnam), Audrey Tang (Taiwan), Sir Tim Smit (UK), Brian Weaver (Scotland), Helianti Hilman (Indonesia) and Elena Casolari (Italy).

So what are you waiting for?


For more information on the Social Enterprise World Forum, and to get your tickets, visit www.sewf2017.org