This string of interactively designed sessions will address the importance of relationship building between and across sectors. We see a critical need for tools, resources and networking opportunities that extend beyond the current circles within our social enterprise environment. Increasingly, the private sector, government at all levels, academia and others have a mutual interest when it comes to addressing social issues, building local economies and strengthening community sustainability. Using storytelling, we will emphasize successful examples of cross-sector engagement and the role of government and the academic community in advancing the social enterprise ecosystem.