This year’s Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was held in Brisbane, Australia. Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), in partnership with SEWF via the International Social Enterprise Observatory (ISEO) were able to support delegates from the Scottish third sector to attend SEWF22 in-person. Included in those receiving support is Aimee, our Rural Social Enterprise Coordinator.
The Australian Social Enterprise Youth Forum was held in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on the 27th of September 2022 and was open only to those aged between 16-30. Aimee was one of the only members of the Scottish delegation to qualify to attend the Youth Forum.
The Youth Forum was an opportunity for young people to discover the principles of entrepreneurship, civic leadership and social impact at an in-person event for young people, by young people.
Participants were inspired by keynotes from young purpose-driven leaders including Nick from HoMie, Bek from Ngarrimili and more. There were several expert-led practical and interactive workshops helped youth participants build their skills and grow their enterprises. Participants networked with innovators, entrepreneurs and advocates for change. Some of the workshop hosts included Future Anything, Young Change Agents, Social Enterprise Academy, and ALLKND.
Participants had the opportunity to attend 2 sessions aside from the welcome and closing discussions. Aimee first attended a session titled ‘Bending the Future: One Youth-Led Idea at a Time’. This session kicked off with an engaging panel session with some of Queensland’s brightest young entrepreneurs before asking attendees to catalyse the learnings and advice to rapidly ideate, prototype and pitch their own innovative social enterprise.
The second session Aimee attended was titled ‘The ‘KND Lab: Youth Mental Health Hackathon’. This was a unique workshop opportunity for young people to participate in a ‘hackathon’-type experience and codesign an improved mental wellbeing program for their own school and/or community, all the while learning some helpful mental health strategies.
Following this, the Scottish delegates attended the Opening Ceremony for the SEWF which was held in the Ballroom of the BCEC. Dinner was then held at Barbosa Bar & Bottleshop with members of Hey Girls in attendance.