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Here’s What to Expect at SEWF22

The Social Enterprise World Forum is just weeks away from kicking off in Brisbane and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll get the most out of this event. Across 100+ speakers, 50+ sessions, two days, SEWF22 is jam-packed with insights and inspiration.

Hear from inspiring, innovative speakers

Jump head first into our expert-led workshops and masterclasses around topics such as impact measurement, funding and investment. Hear from the likes of Dylan Alcott AO, Paralympian and Australian of the Year, India Miro Logan-Riley, climate activist, Daniel Flynn, co-founder of Thankyou, and Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics.

This year’s event has several themes: Indigenous Social Enterprise, Climate Solutions, Excellence & Failure, Unusual Suspects and Policy & Systems. Whether you’re joining us in person or online, you can expect every moment of SEWF22 to be fuelled by these themes. Visit the program here for more information.

Connect with those inside and outside the social sector

SEWF22 will see the social enterprise community coming together from every corner of Australia and the world. It’s the place to be if you’re looking to network and build relationships with others in the sector.

Throughout the event, there are state-specific meet-ups, speed networking sessions and plenty of opportunities to enjoy delicious food together. Make connections beyond the usual suspects, including governments, impact investors and philanthropists. See where these new connections take you.

Level-up your experience with fringe events at SEWF22

As the global social enterprise community comes together in Brisbane, it won’t surprise you to learn that there’s even more going on during the week you can get involved with.

See live crowdfunding in action – The Funding Network Australia is partnering with SEWF, White Box Enterprises and the AMP Foundation to deliver an unforgettable night of live crowdfunding in support of three grassroots social enterprises. It’s sure to be an entertaining evening of celebration, storytelling and feel-good giving.

Social Enterprise Bus Tours – jump on board to see how SEWF22’s host city of Brisbane has seen exciting growth of the social enterprise movement in recent years. With tours across Logan, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and Toowoomba, discover what’s happening on the ground.

Continue your conversations at the SEWF22 After Party –  invite your colleagues and bring along your new SEWF friends to celebrate the end of the Social Enterprise World Forum week in Brisbane.

Not booked into any of the fringe events yet? Don’t miss your chance to get involved.

Want to make the most out of your time at SEWF22?

Here are four ways you can make sure you get the most bang for your buck when you join us at SEWF22.

Get in early – the SEWF22 Opening Ceremony starts at 9.00am with Laura Thompson from Clothing the Gap. It’s the best way to set the tone for the whole event.

Invite other changemakers – like-minded people are what drive the social enterprise sector. Get your peers and colleagues on board and make sure you debrief with each other – everyone’s always learning something different. Plus, you can divide and conquer different sessions to get more insights.

Come with an open mind – say yes to everything, attend a session that is outside of your comfort zone and register for the optional fringe events. Come ready to learn and ready to be challenged.

Take your learnings home – the further stories from SEWF22 spread, the better. Take everything you learn back to your organisation, your friends and your family.

Whether you’re thinking about starting a social enterprise, you’ve been running one for a decade or you’re an advocate for the sector, there’s something for everyone when SEWF22 hits Brisbane in September. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of it all.

Jay Boolkin
Jay Boolkin

I'm passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I believe that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and I am enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission.

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