The Strengthening Communities Hui is where a large number of community and social enterprises get together to laugh, learn and get reenergised. These groups come from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and are working on actions to achieve zero waste, renewable energy, healthy homes, ecosystem restoration, generation of local jobs and many other projects that contribute to thriving local communities.
Our members sit in the interface where national and systemic issues are played out locally. This years hui theme ‘Showing Community Leadership’ will explore how our members can and are positioning themselves as leaders within their communities and some of the key trends that will define our sector in the future.
We’ll be together for two days, which will include keynotes, case studies, workshops, dialogue, networking and tours.
The hui is also an opportunity for our important partners to come and listen, discuss and influence. Representatives from central and local government, philanthropy and other sector thought leaders will be there and are a vital part of the conversations we have.
This year it will be at the Silverstream Retreat in Lower Hutt with the 17th Oct aside for the three networks to work through their sector specific programmes. The 18th October, is an open day with two themes:
- Working with local and central government
- Social and Community Enterprise Sector Development
We’ll have more detail about these themes coming in the next few weeks but check our Programme page for an early heads up .
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Partnering with Akina
We have also kicked off a close collaboration with Akina this year. Akina have been contracted by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), to co-design and deliver with government a Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme (SE SDP).
We are partnering with Akina on the design and delivery of this programme. The SDP will take a partnership approach between the social and community enterprise, public, business, and the not-for profit sectors, in order to deliver a collective voice.
There a wide range of projects underway with the first two being the Impact Initiative and aligning our Strengthening Communities Hui with their Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum, being held the day after the Hui.
We are working with the team from Ekos to make the event carbon neutral for all transport related activity. The approach Ekos use is very well aligned with our values and our aim, over time, is to make the whole event carbon neutral.