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SEWF 2013: Key Mindsets

This session targeted three key mindsets that cut across so many opportunities and challenges facing social enterprises and everyone else dedicated to social impact – themes that enabled our attendees to not only make the most of their daily efforts, but make the most of their interactions at SEWF 2013. The three themes were: Social Innovation, The Surprising Power of Empathy, and Living Rhythms: What Social Enterprise Can Learn From Aboriginal Culture.

The session was moderated by Dr. Lucy Miller, United Way of Calgary and Area; and featured Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy; Ilse Treurnicht, MaRS Discovery District; and Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, Professor, director of the Aboriginal Business Education Partners, Asper School of Business.

A special thanks to session sponsor Suncor Energy.

Below you will find videos of the introduction from Lucy, each speakers’ comments, and greetings from Suncor Energy.

More About SEWF


sewfThe Trico Charitable Foundation was honoured to host SEWF 2013. It made history in a number of ways – it was a first for Canada and attracted a record number of speakers and attendees (1,000 individuals from more than 30 countries and over 100 speakers from 20 countries) – but we are most proud of the quality of the discussions on Skills Building, Social Finance, Indigenous Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Policy and Research, and Social Innovation.


A special  thanks to Photos With Finesse by Suzan McEvoy for the pictures, BizBOXTV for producing the videos, and Employment and Social Development Canada for helping to make this post-event coverage possible.


We would also like to thank the following partners for making SEWF 2013 possible:


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SEWF2014 web bannerEach year SEWF gives a different host country an incredible opportunity to celebrate and nurture its own social enterprise movement. The inaugural SEWF met in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since then it has been to Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco, U.S.A; Johannesburg, Africa; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more about SEWF’s history here.


SEWF 2014 will be held in Seoul, Korea from October 12-16. Hosted by the Work Together Foundation, this significant international gathering has an ambitious agenda: “Social Change through Social Enterprise”. Learn more here.

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