Moving to cyberspace: the Social Enterprise World Forum, GSG Summit and AVPN conference relocate due to coronavirus

The annual impact events calendar is being dramatically reshaped this year, as one gathering after another switches to an online-only format.

This week the Social Enterprise World Forum, due to take place in Halifax, Canada in September, confirmed it would be postponed. An in-person event will now take place in June 2021, while an online-only event will be hosted on 24-25 September this year. 

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG) has also delayed its summit planned for September in Johannesburg until 2021, and will host a virtual event this September. Last autumn, the GSG shifted its flagship event from Santiago to Buenos Aires at just a few weeks’ notice, due to ongoing protests in the Chilean capital.

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network annual conference, scheduled for 8-12 June in Singapore, is also going 100% virtual.

In the US, SOCAP, which yesterday confirmed Cari Hanson as its new CEO (replacing Lindsay Smalling), is designing “a suite of virtual convenings to bring the community together” and will host a virtual Global Impact Festival this year. 

The European Venture Philanthopy Association (EVPA) is currently planning to make all modules of its Training Academy available online. 

A virtual Skoll World Forum is set to take place next week. 

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