Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by a series of cripping earthquakes in 2011. Today, the city is reconstructing itself, taking into account how to best serve its citizens, not only architecturally, but also environmentally, economically and socially.

Derived from this, the theme of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, which will be held in September in Christchurch, is “Ka koroki te manu” in Maori, or “Creating our tomorrow”.

The forum will bring together hundreds of delegates from all over the world to explore common themes that affect social enterprises, wherever they are based and whatever stage of development they are at.

Bringing the forum to Christchurch is going to be catalytic

In New Zealand, social enterprises are growing. Alex Hannant of the Ākina Foundation, which is managing this year’s event, says: “Bringing the forum to Christchurch is going to be catalytic…Not only can we have the conversations we need to have as a country, but we can connect those conversations to the best policies and practices in the world – It’s going to be awesome!”

Pioneers Post is media partner to this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. Over the coming months we will bring you a range of features and interviews exploring some of the themes that will be explored at the event and highlighting the unique perspectives of social enterprise leaders in New Zealand.

The SEWF project director, Helene Malandain, says: “At the Ākina Foundation, we’re thrilled to partner with Pioneers Post on this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. The Forum is a great opportunity to accelerate the growth of the sector here in New Zealand, but also most importantly to continue growing the global movement and raising awareness of social enterprise as a vehicle and a solution to create a better, more sustainable and more equal tomorrow.”

She added: “The Pioneers Post team is already deeply engaged in these conversations and it will be wonderful to work with them, benefit from their expertise and their networks, to deliver a Forum that will have long lasting impact.”

This post originally appeared in Pioneer Post and is republished here with permission. Find out more about the Social Enterprise World Forum here. Note that the early bird booking discount ends on 17 April.