On the 27th & 28th of October, the Social Enterprise World Forum hosted its first-ever virtual Rural Forum. Developed in partnership between social enterprises in Canada, Australia, India and Scotland, the forum was attended by people all over the world and was extremely well received.
The event spotlighted Canada, while also addressing priorities and issues of rural social enterprise from around the world. Topics included:
- Young people in rural communities and the next generation
- Community land and land and asset ownership
- Environment and climate change
- Rural leadership
- Indigenous community-based models
- COVID-19: Impacts and opportunities
On the reasoning behind creating such an event, SEWF said “Social enterprises are often the glue that keeps rural communities together yet face a range of challenges different to those in urban communities. That’s why we are partnering with leading rural social enterprises in Canada, Australia, Scotland, India and elsewhere to create this event to support, connect and build the rural social enterprise community.”
More about the event can be found here.