AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Social Enterprise World Forum 2017


1) Isaac Theatre Royal with The Piano, Christchurch
2) Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
3) Christchurch City Council, Christchurch


New Zealand

Date & time

27 September 2017



29 September 2017


About this event

The Social Enterprise World Forum is the annual international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. The event attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe.

We want to invite you to join in on the conversation. Christchurch, New Zealand’s most resilient city, is a natural choice to welcome the event. After being crippled by a series of catastrophic earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch is a city reconstructing itself on every level and it has become an international model of community resilience and innovation – characteristics at the heart of social enterprise.

The theme for SEWF 2017 is “Ka korokì te manu – creating our tomorrow”. Derived from a traditional Màori prayer about the birdsongs of the morning chorus, the theme refers to a wake-up call and welcome to the challenges and glories of a new day. It is an invitation to create a global legacy of positive change and to take an active role in prototyping the world’s future.

The Forum will be one of the largest conferences in Christchurch since the earthquakes, with over 1,200 delegates expected from around the world. In the spirit of inclusivity and accessibility, Àkina has created a bursary fund that will assist the participation of a larger group of social enterprise practitioners.

You can purchase your tickets for SEWF 2017 here and get a 10% discount with the following promotional code: TEN

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