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Muhammad Yunus in the Financial Times: A Profile

October 28, 2013 by
 
 

Skoll Global Treasure Award winner Muhammad Yunus just sat down with the Financial Times for an interview about his life. Yunus is very dear to the Skoll Foundation; not only has he spoken at several Skoll World Forums, he was just honored this past year (see video, above). Here is an excerpt of the profile about him:

“The roots of Yunus’s fame go back to the mid-1970s, when he was head of the university economics department in the Bangladesh port of Chittagong. He was born just outside the city – his father was a jeweller and the family lived above his shop – and he had returned there after six years of study and teaching in the US.

Wanting to understand the reasons for the dire poverty all around, he paid visits to a village near the university campus where he discovered people so poor that they could not pay for the raw materials needed for their tiny businesses. They were reliant on usurious middlemen. Yunus was moved to lend 42 of them $27 out of his own pocket to break the cycle.

It was the start of the microcredit revolution. Traditionally, banks shun the poorest as bad credit risks, since they have no collateral for loans. But with a series of increasingly ambitious experiments – initially with himself as guarantor for bank loans – Yunus established that many of the poorest could be good repayers: they knew a line of credit was their only chance to break out of indigence.

Out of this grew Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, dedicated to lending small sums to tiny entrepreneurs. Then, as now, many were illiterate and more than 90 per cent were female – itself revolutionary in an Islamic country with a conservative attitude to women working.”

Read the rest: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/13420d7c-3be2-11e3-b85f-00144feab7de.html#axzz2j26mW4G5

And hear him speaking at past Skoll World Forum events: http://skollworldforum.org/contributor/muhammad-yunus/

 

Crowdfunding for Social Entrepreneurs: Raising the Bar

October 28, 2013 by
 
 

We are entering the fifth week of the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. So far, the organizations have raised more than $809,000—mostly from small-to-mid-sized donations.

In leading this Challenge, we are looking at what’s working best, to help organizations raise even more funds.

The top six organizations that have raised the most—Center for Digital Inclusion, Pratham, Arzu, Half the Sky Foundation, International Bridges to Justice, and Root Capital—account for more than 60 percent of the total raised so far. We’ve seen that the organizations that have reached out directly to their networks and supporters by sending short, targeted emails, have performed best.

So far, the Challenge has resulted in more than 2,600 donations made to participating Skoll social entrepreneurs. Individual donation amounts have averaged around $250—much higher than in the last CrowdRise challenge the Skoll Foundation co-organized, in which most donations averaged less than $100.

Haven’t checked it out yet? Click here to have a look, and let us know what you think via Twitter (@skollfoundation) or info@skollfoundation.org.

Also check out the Challenge blog series, co-produced with the Huffington Post, where Skoll Awardees share insights into their work, and show the impact that your money can have.

If you’re inspired, make a donation and share the Challenge with your networks.

If you’d like to see participating social entrepreneurs by the issues they’re working on, see below. Clicking on the organizations’ names takes you directly to their fundraising pages.

Only four more weeks to raise $1.5 million! Get ahead of the end-of-year giving rush and make your donation go even further by taking advantage of the Skoll Foundation’s $1 million match!

Environmental Sustainability

Amazon Conservation TeamBioRegional Development Group,EcopeaceForest Trends AssociationGlobal Footprint Network,Telapak Indonesia

Education

Afghan Institute of Learning,  Child and Youth FinanceBarefoot CollegeBenetechCamfedCollege SummitFundacion Escuela NuevaHalf the Sky FoundationISDP-PakistanNCAT,  Pratham,Room to ReadSonidos de la TierraThe Citizens Foundation,Youthbuild

Economic Opportunity

ArzuBuilding MarketsCenter for Digital Inclusion,  Digital Divide DataFriends International, Gawad KalingaINJAZ Al-Arab,International Development Enterprises-IndiaKashf Foundation,Landesa, NidanProximity DesignsRoot Capital,

Health

APOPOBasic NeedsCiudad Saludable, Gram VikasHealth Care without HarmMothers2MothersRiders for HealthSaude CriancaWater for PeopleWorld Health Partners

Peace & Human Rights

Independent DiplomatInternational Bridges to Justice,International Center for Transitional JusticeOneVoiceRoots of PeaceSearch for Common GroundTostanWITNESSVisayan Forum Foundation

Sustainable Markets

CeresFairTrade USAGoodWeaveVerite

 

Roots of Peace Visits the Vatican

October 9, 2013 by
 
 

Heidi Kuhn of Roots of Peace just visited Pope Francis with her daughter. Here she shares a photo and her experience:

“Pope Francis is ‘blessing the hands’ of a mother/daughter who are literally turning mines to vines worldwide.  St. Francis is the namesake of San Francisco, so our presence was most timely. Together, we shared our mission to replace the scourge of land mines with bountiful vineyards, as we heal the soil and soul for future generations to cultivate in peace.  His Holiness remarked, ‘Pray for me…’

Fifteen photos were taken during our ‘private audience’—including our presentation of the magnum of Grgich Hills wine from Paris Tasting—personally signed by Mike Grgich. The three days at The Vatican cultivated many friendships—including Cardinal Peter Turkson & Cardinal Renato Martino.”

Read about her previous visit to the Vatican: http://www.skollfoundation.org/founder-and-ceo-of-roots-of-peace-participate-in-vatican-conference-on-justice-and-globalization/

 

10 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: How to Talk to a Problem Employee

October 7, 2013 by
 
 


In my time as a human resources director at the Skoll Foundation, I have talked many social entrepreneurs and one question that seems to come up often is: How do we attract and keep the best people, and at the same time address the issue of low performers?

We’ll talk mostly today about how to address poor performers, but interestingly the two are very much related. Allowing a poor performer to stay on a team indefinitely brings the team down and affects everyone’s job satisfaction.

Social entrepreneurs have very high ethical and moral codes regarding how they want to treat people.  So, it’s understandable that they may consider giving a poor performer honest and direct feedback to be unnecessarily harsh.  In addition, many think of their teams as extended family, which can make giving tough feedback more difficult.  However, in the world of social change there is important work to be done and we need the best possible talent to do it. Thus, we need to “keep the bar high” for all.  It seems that many social entrepreneurs have extremely high standards for themselves, but feel guilty applying those same standards to others. read more

 

Skoll Foundation and The Huffington Post Launch First Crowdfunding Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs

September 30, 2013 by
 
 

Up to $1 million in prize funding on Edward Norton’s CrowdRise

PALO ALTO, CA, September 30, 2013 – The Skoll Foundation, in partnership with The Huffington Post, is launching its first crowdfunding challenge designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds.

The “Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge,” hosted on Edward Norton’s platform CrowdRise, has the potential to leverage up to $1 million in prize funding from the Skoll Foundation, including $250,000 in dedicated prize money through daily and weekly challenges and up to $750,000 in additional matching funds to be shared by all participants as fundraising thresholds are reached during the campaign.

The prize funding will go to the groups that raise the most through the Challenge. The top fundraising organization will receive $50,000; the runner-up will receive $40,000; and the organizations in third place through fifth place will receive $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. Plus, an additional $100,000 in bonus prizing will be awarded throughout the Challenge. read more

 

FSG Releases 8 Case Studies of Collective Impact Initiatives

September 27, 2013 by
 
 

FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in research, strategy, and evaluation. They just released eight case studies of successful collective impact initiatives and we wanted to share them with you.

Here’s what they said:

“One of the most common questions we hear about collective impact is, ‘What works?’

To share examples of successful collective impact initiatives, we’ve created a series of case studies that feature collective impact initiatives across a range of issues areas. Each brief case study describes how the initiative began, how the five components of collective impact have taken shape, their results to date, and lessons learned. Many case studies also include a practitioner interview with the initiative’s backbone leader.

Backbone organizations, funders, and partners of collective impact initiatives will find these resources particularly valuable as a way to learn from other practitioners.”

Find out more about these collective impact initiatives:

-          Communities that Care

-          E3 Alliance

-          Memphis Fast Forward

-          Opportunity Chicago

-          Partners for a Competitive Workforce

-          The Road Map Project

-          Shape Up Somerville

-          Vibrant Communities

 

New Profile of Jeff Skoll in Fast Company Co.Exist

September 23, 2013 by
 
 

Today, Fast Co.Exist published an article profiling our founder, Jeff Skoll. An excerpt:

“Skoll’s first solo philanthropic venture was the Skoll Foundation, which focuses on investing and celebrating those working to address the most pressing problems. Having seen social entrepreneurship on the rise and in need of a different model of support, the foundation has been at the forefront of supporting this hybrid business.

‘These are people who need unrestricted funding,’ Skoll says. ‘They need the understanding as entrepreneurs that they can change directions and find the highest leverage that they possibly can and it may be different than how they started out. They also need long-term support.’

After establishing an academic home for social entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s new business school, the Skoll Foundation hosted its first conference in 2003.

‘It turned into a little bit of a mini-Woodstock where you had all these incredible people who were out doing amazing work that had previously thought they were alone and didn’t realize there were like-minded folks working maybe not on the same issues but in similar ways,’ Skoll says.”

Read the rest: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3017846/generosity-series/jeff-skoll-on-how-he-uses-the-power-of-storytelling-to-push-for-change

 

Sally Osberg led a “deep dive” session on social entrepreneurship at Stanford PACS

September 16, 2013 by
 
 

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg recently spoke at the Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), Philanthropy Innovation Summit, a forum for philanthropists to “illuminate, innovate and inspire their giving through learning from both peers and experts in the philanthropic field.”

Sally led a “deep dive” session on social entrepreneurship, which attracted an overflow crowd of conference delegates. Her opening remarks included the vision and mission of the Skoll Foundation, our focus areas, and case studies about Riders for Health and Camfed. She then fielded questions about why philanthropists might want to invest in social entrepreneurs.

Other speakers at the forum included Laurene Powell Jobs, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Ben Horowitz of Andreesen Horowitz and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

Learn more at http://pacscenter.stanford.edu/events/philanthropy-innovation-summit

 

Sally Osberg and Jeff Skoll’s Op-Ed on CNN.com: Social Entrepreneurs Dare to Change the World

September 7, 2013 by
 
 

Today, Skoll Foundation Founder Jeff Skoll and CEO Sally Osberg wrote the first in a new series on CNN.com, called “Social entrepreneurs dare to change the world.”

An excerpt:

“Motorcycle racer Andrea Coleman and her journalist husband, Barry Coleman, couldn’t forget what they saw during a trip to Somalia in 1986: hemorrhaging patients being carted to clinics in wheelbarrows, rusting vehicles abandoned by the side of the road, community health workers making their rounds by foot.

What all this signaled to the Colemans was a delivery system in deep disarray. It wasn’t simply the medical supplies that were lacking — vaccines, for example, or bed nets — but more mundane basics such as oil filters and lug nuts, along with the mechanics and maintenance protocols required to ensure transport that was fully functional.

As racers, the Colemans knew what it would take to build such a system. Upon returning to England, they got cracking, eventually mortgaging their house to found Riders for Health.

From food insecurity to lack of access to health care to growing environmental threats — if we’re going to solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need social entrepreneurs like the Colemans every bit as much as we need great institutions and great global leaders.”

Read the rest: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/07/opinion/skoll-osberg-social-entrepreneurs/

 

America’s Cup and SOCAP

September 6, 2013 by
 
 

By Joy Zhang, Skoll Foundation 

The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) Conference was held this week in San Francisco, with the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and the America’s Cup sailing competition.  As far removed as SOCAP is from the America’s Cup, the participants of SOCAP can also feel  as if they are from different worlds.  It’s a mash up of philanthropic donors, investors, nonprofits, for-profits – all there from perhaps the same ideological background (we care about impact!) but speaking different languages.  At the end of the day though, it’s the same conversation—and it’s not how can impact investing solve all our problems.  For a social entrepreneur, the million dollar question is: Who pays for what I do, and when?  And that answer includes the entire spectrum of folks who show up at SOCAP – and many more who don’t.

The health track highlighted this well.  For example, in a workshop on taking innovative global health solutions to scale, we had a small but diverse group of debt and equity providers, donors, nonprofit social enterprise, and one government representative.  The discussion centered around sources of revenue, and while donors may play a role in funding a health intervention, it’s much harder to ignore the role of government support when talking about scale.  (Speaking of which, maybe someone from Medicare and Medicaid should make it to SOCAP next year.)  In addition, revenues could come from out-of-pocket payments, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, or any mix of the above.  And it could be one organization we’re talking about that is managing revenue coming from a multitude of sources.  The SOCAP crowd knows better than any other that the world is not so neatly divided between charity giving and money making.

That’s why philanthropic donors like us show up, and why we see great nonprofit social entrepreneurs like Skoll Awardees mothers2mothers, World Health Partners, Health Leads, Fair Trade USA, Vision Spring and others at an event like SOCAP.  It’s great to see the lines blurred at SOCAP where donors, investors, and terrific for-profit and nonprofit social entrepreneurs can sail to the finish line together.

 

How Skoll Awardees are Using Crowdfunding for Fundraising Success

August 8, 2013 by
 
 

We’re noticing an increasing number Skoll Awardees using crowdfunding for specific projects, and wanted to share more details in case you’re contemplating doing the same.

In June, Landesa launched its first crowd-funding effort with Catapult.org. In this pilot effort, they featured their legal aid project in Andra Pradesh, with a goal of raising $10,000 to train and support 30 paralegals in the program. Those paralegals can, in a given year, help 1,000 families gain clear title to the land upon which they rely.

Landesa successfully raised the $10,000 needed.

In July, Search for Common Ground raised a little more than their $10,000 goal to launch a TV web series of their signature show, “The Team,” in America. See their Kickstarter promotional video, above.

“Although crowdfunding seems to be everywhere now, nonprofits were actually some of its earliest adopters,” writes Scot Chisholm, CEO & CoFounder, StayClassy (a crowdfunding site). “In the early days, nonprofits tied crowdfunding to their offline events, like runs, walks and rides.”

We at the Skoll Foundation partnered with the Huffington Post and CrowdRise, a crowdfunding site, on two campaigns and plan on doing one more. The first, called JobRaising, was geared toward creating jobs for America and raised $1,469,116 in donations to organizations who help support jobs.  82 percent of  those donations were less than $100.

Announced in March 2013, JVS Los Angeles (which provides job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support) beat the field with $254,100 raised and received an additional $150,000 from The Skoll Foundation.    read more

 

Sonidos de la Tierra Film Goes Viral

July 31, 2013 by
 
 

An orchestra of Sonidos de la Tierra, a Skoll Awardee which played at the 2008 Skoll World Forum, is being made into a film. Called “Landfill Harmonic,” the film (which hasn’t been completed) is running a very successful Kickstarter Campaign receiving many Twitter and Facebook mentions (13,000 on Facebook alone). So far they have surpassed their $175,000 goal needed to complete two main production trips. The Orchestra of Recycled Instruments, which the film follows, may be the most widely known group of musicians to arise from Sonidos de la Tierra. More from the press release:

LANDFILL HARMONIC SETS SIGHTS ON KICKSTARTER.COM

Hopes To Fund Film, Movement & Worldwide Tour of The Recycled Orchestra

 “Too many children in the world are born into lives with little or no hope”.

Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to change that – musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials – and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.

A film about “The Recycled Orchestra”, a group of children from a Paraguayan shanty town who play instruments made entirely of recycled garbage. It is a heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless by the transformative power of music. Landfill Harmonic also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

In November of 2012, the online teaser went viral, garnering nearly 3MM views and 100,000+ Facebook Fans overnight. People from all over the world were suddenly fascinated and inspired by a youth orchestra that was not known and playing with recycled instruments. read more

 

In Celebration of Nelson Mandela Day

July 18, 2013 by
 
 

“Mandela Day calls upon us all to care, to come together, to give of ourselves to one another. How we do so is up to each of us. But make no mistake: it is acts of compassion and good will, whether small or grand, that ‘bend that long arc of the moral universe toward justice.’” —Sally Osberg, CEO, Skoll Foundation

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” —Nelson Mandela

July 18th is Mandela Day, a day to help build a better world by giving back.

Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to combating injustice and fighting for human rights. In 2009 the United Nations honored his legacy by officially making his birthday ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’. Every year on July 18, people around the world mark the day by dedicating 67 minutes of time to volunteering and helping others.

The Elders, of which Sally Osberg and Jeff Skoll are advisory council members, celebrate Mandela Day each year and encourage others to do the same. “We want to inspire the conviction that we all can make a difference,” says The Elders Deputy Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland. “We can all take steps towards a better future.”

Last year, a group of Elders celebrated Mandela Day in London by visiting two local charities providing young people with support and training. Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson also co-hosted an event with grassroots organizations, encouraging people to pledge their time to a charitable cause.

Watch the video above and see the Elders live blog at http://theelders.org/liveblogs/mandela-day-2013

 

Sally Osberg’s Rotman Magazine Piece: How Social Entrepreneurs Unleash Human Potential

July 5, 2013 by
 
 

Sally Osberg’s 4-page Rotman magazine article, “How Social Entrepreneurs Unleash Human Potential,” has hit newsstands. Below, we have included some highlights.

On Ambition: 

“Without ambition, I would argue, dreams risk remaining ethereal and untethered to reality.  Ambition moves human beings from wanting to improve their lives to taking the actions to do so.  Social entrepreneurs harness that force, creating ventures explicitly designed to help people help themselves.  For the disadvantaged populations served by most social entrepreneurs, tangible goals—more income, good jobs, and the dignity that comes with improved social status—matter.”

On what defines social entrepreneurs:

“As Roger Martin and I argued in “Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition” [Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2007], social entrepreneurs see and seize opportunities to crack the code on systems that hold human potential in check, setting their sights not just on incremental improvements to a status quo, but on equilibrium change.”

On Tim Hanstad of Landesa:

“Tim Hanstad is under no illusions as to the scale of global poverty.  Landesa, the organization he leads, has done the math and carried out the analysis: of the estimated 2.47 billion barely scraping by on less than $2 a day, three quarters live in rural areas and are dependent upon land they farm to survive.  More than 1 billion of these subsistence farmers, however, are not in control of the land they cultivate, a condition that perpetuates their poverty and exacerbates their vulnerability.  For families as for markets, uncertainty quashes ambition.  Faced with the real possibility that their property can be seized or redistributed, farmers won’t risk investing even the tiny sums needed to diversify crops or increase  yields.  But with title comes security and with security a more stable foundation for development. For four decades, Landesa has partnered with governments throughout the world in order to secure land rights for the rural poor, knowing that title is catalytic, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of development.”

On ambition as key to social entrepreneurship:

“Ambition can seem invisible, but its energy is undeniable.  To social entrepreneurs like those featured herein, no resource is as vital to prosperity as that of human potential.  Throughout the world, the ambition of women and men seeking freedom, self-determination, and opportunity is gathering force. Social entrepreneurs grasp the enormity of this momentum, appreciating the vast human potential underlying every data point on poverty, disease, environmental degradation and human suffering. They know that in the decades to come, this veritable tsunami of ambition will change countries, transform societies, and remake the world.”

Read the full article:

http://www.skollfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Osberg.pdf

 

Wide-Ranging Businesses Support President Obama’s Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 by
 
 

Today we share a press release from Skoll Awardee Ceres:

A broad range of businesses and investors from across the country are offering strong support today for President Obama’s climate plan. The businesses are all signatories of the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change. The campaign, endorsed by major companies such as General Motors, Nike, Intel and Unilever, was launched this spring by the business network BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy), which is coordinated by Ceres.

“American business leaders have been clamoring for action on climate change through initiatives like the Climate Declaration, and we are pleased to see President Obama heed their call. The President’s climate change plan provides much-needed policies and guidelines that will strengthen our economy for the long term. Less pollution from power plants, stronger more-resilient towns and cities – these are standards that any business will welcome, and they set the nation on the right course for economic growth.” – Anne Kelly, director of BICEP, a project at Ceres

“People often ask whether we can afford to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt society to climate change. But I think the real question is can we afford not to? Nobody can tackle climate change successfully on their own. We need to have a partnership, which includes governments at all levels working hand in hand with the private sector. This is why we applaud this announcement by The President. This year is Swiss Re’s 150th year in the risk management industry and we view the threat posed by climate change as a very real one. As a society we need to act now and not stick our heads in the sand.” – Mark Way, Head Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company read more

 

Sally Osberg Speaks, Leads Discussion at Annenberg Alchemy Gold

June 13, 2013 by
 
 

Today, Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg is serving as a discussion leader at Annenberg Alchemy Gold, a collaborative of 30 Los Angeles-area grantmakers dedicated to strengthening the Los Angeles nonprofit sector. She is focusing on capacity building that can scale impact. Alchemy Gold is a learning collaborative and unique opportunity for philanthropy practitioners that’s  strategic and comprehensive, and offers a venue for dialogue and problem-solving. Partners convene quarterly to learn from experts (such as Sally Osberg) in capacity building around fundraising, leadership development, board governance and other topics. They also engage in facilitated conversations and identify best practices, methodologies, and tactics to increase the sector’s effectiveness and impact. In the photo above, she’s with Annenberg Foundation Director of Operations Sylia Obagi. Learn more: http://www.annenbergalchemy.org/programs/alchemy-gold/what

 

Sally Osberg Speaks at Arianna Huffington’s Women’s Conference + Raise for Women Winner Announced

June 7, 2013 by
 
 

Yesterday, Sally Osberg spoke on “Giving Back” featuring Moderator Lesley Stahl and panelists Cathy Isaacson and Paula Zakaria. Here’s the press release:

On June 6, 2013 in New York, hundreds of influential men and women in media, business, politics and entertainment gathered at The Huffington Post’s first-ever women’s conference, “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power,” to discuss a more humane and sustainable definition of what it means to be successful.
The Conference was hosted by Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, and Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Panel discussions included topics such as Leadership and Wisdom, Wellness and the Bottom Line, the Connection Between Giving Back and Well-Being, and Millennials Leading Us Into the Future, among others. read more

 

Raise for Women Announcement to be Made Today Before Sally Osberg’s Third Metric Panel

June 6, 2013 by
 
 

Today, Sally Osberg is speaking at the Third Metric women’s conference at Arianna Huffington’s New York City home. At 5 p.m. EST, the winners of our Raise for Women contest will be announced. Then, the panel, called “Giving Back,” will commence, featuring Moderator Lesley Stahl and panelists Cathy Isaacson, Sally Osberg, Jill Van Den Brule and Paula Zakaria.

Read the live blog at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/third-metric-live-blog-updates_n_3391377.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008 and follow the conference on Twitter at #thirdmetric. See photos at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/third-metric-conference-photos_n_3391525.html?ir=Healthy+Living&ref=topbar#slide=2539064

 

Jeff Skoll’s Conversation with Elon and Kimbal Musk

May 14, 2013 by
 
 

Late last month, Jeff Skoll had a future-looking conversation with brothers Elon and Kimbal Musk. Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors; Kimbal Musk is the co-founder of The Kitchen Community. They discussed the inspiration, motivation and business processes behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, the Kitchen and the Kitchen Community. The conversation, now available on video above, covers what drives the Musk brothers in their groundbreaking work, whether pioneering online payments, sending the first private rocket to the International Space Station, building electric cars with robots or rolling up their sleeves and partnering with students and educators to build gardens in impoverished communities. With Jeff Skoll, they uncovered the richness of their creative process and discussed how to make a profit, create jobs and contribute to the broader community at the same time.

 

Mother’s Day Inspiration from Skoll Awardees

May 8, 2013 by
 
 

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, so we thought it fitting to share parts of some awardee messages:

From Kiva:

There are nearly three billion adults worldwide who lack basic financial services, and most of them are women. Take Clenda from Litein Town in Kenya: she is a 24-year-old mother of two who has been in the farming business for over 6 years. Through one of Kiva’s partners, Juhudi Kilimo, Clenda received a $300 loan to purchase a dairy cow that allows her to sell milk in the local market. She uses the extra income to pay for her children’s education and help increase the overall quality of life for her family.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help offer opportunity to women worldwide. This Mother’s Day, help spread the word about how Kiva.org, the world’s leading microlending platform, gives us all a chance to make a big difference for women, families and communities. Thank the nurturers in your life by giving them a Kiva Card — $25 to lend to any borrower they choose — to help individuals around the world realize their potential. Visit www.kiva.org/gifts.

From mothers2mothers (video above):

With our double your mommy campaign, you can tell your mother or an important woman in your life how special she is by making a donation to mothers2mothers in her name that will have twice the impact!  Every donation we receive for U.S. Mother’s Day will be doubled with a matching gift by an anonymous donor up to a total of $25,000.   In acknowledgement, we will send her a Mother’s Day e-card with a special video message from some of the inspiring mothers we work with or a card by mail.  It’s easy to double your mommy here. read more

 
 

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