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New interactive programme launched with more sessions and speakers added!

More sessions and speakers have been added to our new and improved interactive programmes for SEWF 2021 and the Youth Forum. You can select your time zone, filter sessions by theme or session type and add to your calendar to make sure you don’t miss out.

SEWF 2021 Opening

To kick-off our SEWF 2021 programme with its spotlight on Canada, we will be welcoming Carolann Harding, Executive Director of the Atlantic Canadian social enterprise SmartICE to the stage. Climate is one of the key themes for SEWF 2021 and SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology.
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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day!

At SEWF, diversity is essential to our programming. In 2021, we aim to have speakers from a wide variety of regions and sectors and have 50% of our speakers identifying as female, non-binary or trans. On Women’s Equality Day we celebrate all our speakers (past and present) whose efforts, social innovations and enterprises have moved the cause for equality forward. We are proud to highlight some of our 2021 speakers working towards women’s equality ⏤ whether in access to healthcare, sanitary products, mental health, education and much more.

SEWF 2021 speaker, Celia Hodson, founded Hey Girls which since launching in 2018, has donated over 14.9 million period products to communities across the UK! Dr Sara Khurram is also the CEO of Sehat Kahani (Pakistan), which she co-founded with the aim of democratizing healthcare by building an all-female health provider network to deliver quality healthcare solutions.

View this year’s list of speakers
Apply for a bursary ticket on or before 31 August

Final call! SEWF 2021 bursary tickets

Final SEWF 2021 bursary ticket announcement! Few days left until 31 August 2021. Limited amount of SEWF 2021 bursary tickets available for social enterprises severely impacted by COVID-19 and/or are based in low income, lower middle income or conflict affected countries. Apply before deadline!
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Check out some of our latest speaker additions below and visit our speaker page to find out more. Over the coming weeks, we will be announcing more speakers and session details, follow us on social media for the latest news! →

Certain Rural Forum tickets disappearing soon

The deadline to get the early bird ticket and apply for bursary tickets end 31 August!

Do you work in rural social enterprise or rural community development? Join SEWF’s first-ever virtual Rural Forum (27-28 October) to connect and learn from rural social enterprises from around the world.

Reserve your spot early enough to access either of these 2 ticket types here → Standard ticket rates apply from 1 September.

We are back on Slack!
It’s 2021 and we’re once again reopening the SEWF Slack channel as a way for the SEWF community globally to connect, get information and stay updated with the latest updates prior to SEWF 2021. Get on the SEWF Slack channel here.
SEWF Academic Forum Call for Papers Live

Read our call for papers and submit a 400-word abstract by 10 September 2021 for consideration in the Academic Forum programme. Researchers, academics, teachers and practitioners are all encouraged to submit an abstract for a panel or a paper. You do not need to submit an abstract to register to attend the Academic Forum. →

Save our 2021 event dates

1. Youth Forum: 27 September →
2. SEWF 2021: 28-29 September →
3. Rural Forum: 27-28 October →
4. Academic Forum: 16-17 November →

Do you work in social procurement?

Over the last decade, SEWF has worked with corporate partners, national and regional governments and social enterprise agencies to support the adoption of social procurement systems. Join intermediaries, corporates and governments including the Scottish Government, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Acumen, Buy Social Canada, Buy Social USA, Johnson & Johnson, SAP, Social Enterprise UK, Social Traders, Yunus Social Business and more on the Community of Practice today. →

Partner updates and opportunities

SAP – The Young Africans in Tech Program: Young African women to come together, learn from each other, exchange ideas, and grow their network“. Learn from Sarah Borda, a social entrepreneur from Tanzania and also a colleague at SAP. The Young Africans in Tech Program connects young women around the globe with established and inspiring African women in tech for mentoring and learning. Through the stories, experiences, and expertise of African women, Sarah hopes to give African youth great role models to look up to. Learn more here.

Plastics For Change has developed an effective way to protect our oceans and create social change through its plastic offset program, funds invested in the offset would go directly to the informal waste collectors that recover the plastic waste – and so would be helping create better livelihoods for some of the most marginalized communities in the world. The social enterprise is also launching a limited-edition line of recycled and fair-trade products, handcrafted with ocean-bound plastic. Along with being made with recycled plastic, each purchase will also fund the recovery of ocean-bound plastic from the environment. To know more and to receive exclusive perks, individuals can subscribe to Plastics For Change’s exclusive product line mailing list here.

Biji-biji Initiative Internship opportunity alert! 📣 : Interested in being a changemaker? The Biji-biji and Me.reka team are looking for motivated and passionate individuals to join their Changemaker Talent Development Programme (CTDP), a flagship leadership trainee programme, aimed at nurturing talents through real-world experiences and opportunities to create impact solutions. CTDP prepares you, the future workforce, with the necessary skills and competencies to ensure a great start to a prosperous career!
Deadline: 3 September 2021
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Pioneers Post, SEWF 2021 promotional partner is the independent news network for the global impact economy. For the latest news, analysis, special features and how-to guides designed to help social entrepreneurs do good business better, we recommend signing up to their weekly newsletter. And check out their Cities of Impact series, in partnership with Amsterdam Impact (SEWF Partner), which explores how a city can not only nurture social entrepreneurship but also contribute to a much more ambitious goal: transforming the whole economy.

Cambiatus has been announced as one of the finalists to the Top Tier Impact Awards2021! And on 18 August, they recently launched the Natus System. The Natus System of Environmental Cryptoassets is an innovative initiative that brings together entrepreneurs, owners of Privately Protected Areas (PPA) and people using the best of blockchain technology to strengthen the worldwide network of PPAs. Karla Córdoba Brenes, Co-founder of Cambiatus and Satisfied Vagabonds will also be speaking at #SEWF2021.

The 7 Best Books to Learn About Gender Equality, Recommended by Activists:SEWF Youth Advisor and co-founder of Awareness 360, Shomy Hasan Chowdhury, recently made a recommendation to Global Citizens on books to learn about gender equality. Check out the list of books here.

Empow’Her: Supporting women entrepreneurs worldwideJoin the 1st  European community of women changemakers! Empow’Her is looking for the 2nd European cohort of its regional program: Women’Act Accelerate! This is a 6-month support program to scale up your project and grow your initiatives.
Deadline: 26 September
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Micro Rainbow has been shortlisted as a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards,recognising it as one of the leading social enterprises in the country. Micro Rainbow is a finalist in the Social Investment Deal of the Year category. Founded in 2012, they are the leading organisation in the UK supporting the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people who flee persecution. Sebastian Rocca – Founder and CEO of Micro Rainbow will be speaking at SEWF 2021.

Resource Library

Within the SEWF Resource Library you will find examples of social enterprise policies, strategies, and studies that capture national, regional, and local action on social enterprise development. This is the most extensive collection of social enterprise resources globally and the collection is always expanding. View the SEWF Resource Library here.

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