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Sally Osberg at CGI: “We need the disruption, discipline and drive of social entrepreneurs”

September 24, 2012 by

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg just spoke powerfully at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meeting. Acumen Fund’s Jacqueline Novogratz said afterward: “Sally, that really was spectacular.” Afteward, Sally was swarmed with accolades from people.

So what did she say?

Here are some of the most favorite quotes (based on the wide applause in the room!)

“If we are going to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, we need social entrepreneurs. We need their disruption.” [She then gave a detailed example of this in Riders for Health‘s work].”

“We need the discipline of social entrepreneurs. They are accountable to those they serve and to those who are making a difference.” [She gave the example of Camfed and its governance model].

“We need the drive of social entrepreneurs.” [She shared how the Marine Stewardship Council only grew to scale when they hired a social entrepreneur to run it].

“It’s not that we don’t need business. It’s not that we don’t need governments. It’s not that we don’t need big NGOs. We need the disruption, discipline, and drive of social entrepreneurs.”

Her second loud applause was when she mentioned the The Global Social Progress Initiative, or GSPI, which will create and widely disseminate measurement tools that encourage countries to assess their social performance over time and focus the attention of leaders and social investors on those areas that will most effectively improve well-being.  “There is a lot that can be measured in this world,” Osberg said, “and if we want to be making a difference, we need this information in a readily transparent way. We hope this will be a powerful tool for us all.”

Above, watch the entire video.

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