Entries by Guy Ryan

New Zealand to host SEWF in 2017

I’m super excited to share that the Social Enterprise World Forum is now confirmed to be hosted in Christchurch, September 27–29. It was amazing to attend the forum in 2015, to co-present the bid for New Zealand to host alongside Alex Hannant from the Akina Foundation, and to now be part of the planning to […]

What can we learn from the World Forum?

Since its debut just seven years ago in Scotland, the Social Enterprise World Forum has grown in influence, scope and scale. It’s provided inspiration and visibility, informed practice and policy, and helped to fuel a global movement. Welcome to Italy, for SEWF2015!     I attended with fellow Kiwi, Alex Hannant, who’s CEO of Akina. […]

All Wrapped Up // Impact Report

Hot-off-the-press – the Live the Dream Report is a compelling glimpse into the first-time programme. We’re calling this the biggest social enterprise collaboration in New Zealand history. You’re free to download it, share it, and explore with the outcomes, opportunities for improvement, and strategy moving forwards.     Now heading into our fourth year of operation, […]

A Vision Worth Realising

When we started planning Live the Dream it seemed impossible. I’d tried to get it off the ground the previous year, unsuccessfully pitching it to one of the big banks to come on board as a partner because there was ‘too much risk’ for them. I became increasingly aware of the unrivalled passion, energy and […]

Week Two – Dreaming Bigger

Last week the teams set some big goals and caught a glimpse of the long, winding journey ahead. They’ve now had dozens, if not hundreds of conversations delving deep into their ideas, and the pace has picked up a notch as validation continues. Here’s a short reflection from one of our young social entrepreneurs, Laura: […]

Week One – It’s Alive!

After months in the planning, we’re into it. From the 50+ ideas originally submitted and two rounds of interviews later, ten early-stage ventures have been invited to take part. Last weekend they connected up for the first time for an explosive weekend at Festival for the Future in Wellington. Now, they’re immersed in this the […]