By Jocelyne Daw
I’ve attended a lot of conferences in my day and as time passes I have become more and more selective. One conference I will NOT miss this year is the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) being held in Calgary October 2 - 4. Let me share why! 1. Experience an outstanding line up of international speakersThe organizing committee has outdone itself with a line up of speakers that rivals the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship held annually in Oxford, UK. The big difference? The Skoll World Forum is by invitation only – you have to be a someone to go! SEWF’s goal is to bring as many people together as possible to learn about leading practices and trends to ultimately elevate this important work. See the line up of speakers.2.Connect with leading practitioners and like-minded peopleSEWF has been set up so that participants will have ample opportunity to connect with leaders in the social enterprise field from around the world - over 800 individuals from more than 30 countries and speakers from more than 20 countries will be in attendance. Attendees come from diverse backgrounds and sectors– but all share a dedication to resolving the world’s most complex and confounding social challenges. Check out the program.3. Celebrate leading Canadian Social Entrepreneurs Leading Canadian social enterprises and social purpose businesses will be recognized at the second Trico Charitable Foundation Social Enterprize awards event. The Trico Social EnterPrize recognizes Canadian leaders and organizations that are effectively using social enterprise to deepen their community impact. Learn more about the award. 4. Be part of the global movementSEWF 2013 will be a watershed moment, galvanizing the social enterprise movement, propelling it into the mainstream, and raising social impact to new levels. The forum will focus on three key elements:
The power of great ideas; and
A systemic approach to change
A big shout out to the incredible work of the Trico Foundation and their founders, Wayne and Eleanor Chiu for bringing this global forum to Canada! Join the global movement. 5. Register today! It’s not too late….With less than a couple of weeks before the conference launch it is not too late to sign up! I guarantee it will be worth it! Register now!