The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 held in Christchurch New Zealand attracted over 1600 delegates who took part in 40 different sessions, presentations and debates. Thanks to the outstanding work of CRNS members over the years, in particular the recent development of the Reuse Consortium and in recognition of our contribution to the social economy of Scotland, David Wood CEO CRNS was invited to Christchurch to lead and chair a session on day two on “guardianship, stewardship and the environment”. In addition, and on the following day David participated on a panel in another session on “the enterprise of waste minimisation”.
David travelled from Scotland to New Zealand, organised by Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) with a contingent of Scottish Social Enterprise leaders which also included Angela Constance MSP the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. David’s formal speech and presentation attracted interest from a number of international attendees and in particular from Community Recycling leaders in Australia and New Zealand. CRNS and David Wood have a long standing relationship with Zero Waste colleagues in USA and the world forum provided an opportunity for a group of international zero waste thinkers to exchange ideas and share experiences, with contributions from the States, to the antipodes’ and across to the UK. It’s clear from networking with International Community Recycling and Zero Waste Organisations that Scotland can learn a lot about zero waste community developments in countries with little or no government support. However, many national organisations across the world look to Scotland as an example of best practice and with CRNS at its core we are seen as a country leading the way in community recycling and resource management.
The 2018 Social Enterprise World Forum will be held in Edinburgh in September 2018 This prestigious event will be an opportunity for CRNS and its membership to showcase to the world best practice and all the work excellent community resource management work that is taking place here in Scotland. David Wood will be providing support and advice to the organisers of next year’s forum and CRNS will be keen to canvas views and gain support from the membership. CRNS’s involvement will ensure that reuse and recycling have a strong influence in the debates and logistics of the event. It should be an opportunity to showcase the membership to an international audience.