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SEWF 2017 Live Blog

SEWF 2017 Live Blog


Currently, the Social Enterprise World Forum is being hosted in Christchurch from the 27-29th of September.

Here’s what you need to know


  • The Forum is the annual international event for social enterprises from all over the world
  • This is New Zealand's largest social enterprise focussed event
  • 1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries will come together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle
  • 170+ local and international speakers are sharing their expertise

  • Attending the Forum are social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe
  • Outside of the main 3-day programme, there’s a week of events, tours and free public talks for Cantabrians to enjoy at transitionalcity.org

Meet the team behind the official SEWF Live Blog




Shadoe Stone

Storyteller and keen avocado consumer (also frequently coined as millennial), Shadoe has been passionate about capturing and spreading the small stories that have potential to create big impact in our world.

Founder of business-for-good marketing & comms collective, Five + Dime, she’s been working with the Ākina Foundation on the Social Enterprise World Forum since its announcement at the Hong Kong event last year. She’s looking forward to experiencing the individual stories of joy, frustration, perspective, challenge, and vision that each delegate has to offer.




Alice Cresswell

Hailing from Five + Dime, Alice is Social Media Lead for the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017. She’s particularly interested in how we can better support the development of the social enterprise sector via policy, and more accurately measure the sector’s national economic impact.

With a background in content strategy and digital marketing and a passion for writing, she’s excited to use her skills to spread the SEWF word.



Hélène Tholoniat

Hélène Tholoniat is part of the Ākina crew and oversees the Marketing & Comms' strategy for the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017.

She’s particularly interested in how social enterprise is an effective tool to tackle society's most pressing issues, and how the public and private sectors can support and embrace this model.

With a background in Corporate & Public Management and experience in social entrepreneurship, Hélène is looking forward to share SEWF sessions' highlights with the world.



Warren Drahota

Warren Drahota is passionate about helping grow Social Enterprise in New Zealand.

With a love of agriculture, beer and food-based businesses, especially when backed by a passion for environmental or social impact, he’s keen to dive deep into the local food projects happening in Christchurch.

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