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Sally Osberg to Speak at Inaugural “Magis” Dinner May 18 at Santa Clara University

April 15, 2014 by
 
 

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sally Osberg, the internationally respected thought leader in the field of social entrepreneurship, will speak about the future of social innovation and the challenges facing the next generation of innovators, on Sunday, May 18 at Santa Clara University.

“As we continue to scale our own work both locally – through a partnership with eBay Foundation – and globally – through a network of Jesuit and mission-aligned institutions – we are proud to call the Skoll Foundation a treasured partner.”

Osberg will be one of two honorees at Santa Clara University’s first annual Magis dinner, to benefit the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. She will receive the Magis Global Changemaker Award, along with former social entrepreneur Graham Macmillan of Citi Foundation.
Magis will takes place at 6 p.m. at the University’s Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center. It aims to bring Silicon Valley together to introduce new people to social enterprise and advance the thinking of social enterprise leaders. read more

 

Sally Osberg on Bloomberg TV Talking about SPI Launch

April 8, 2014 by
 
 

Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Countdown” show this morning, the day’s breaking news in the countdown to the opening of the Euro markets. She discussed the Social Progress Index 2014 launch. Later in the morning, Professor Michael Porter delivered a keynote at Deloitte in London, talking about SPI and the connection between social and economic progress and the opportunities gained if all sectors recognize the importance of both. Sally Osberg joined a  panel to debate how we can use the Index to galvanize collective action to unlock true growth and progress.

 

 

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/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sally Osberg to Receive Scripps Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award

May 3, 2013 by
 
 

CEO Sally Osberg will receive the Scripps Distinguished Alumna of the Year tomorrow at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

First presented in 1978, the Scripps College Distinguished Alumna Award celebrates the notable achievements of Scripps alumnae and is presented each year during Reunion Weekend. Foremost consideration is sustained growth and distinctive achievement in the nominee’s chosen field.

Sally earned her M.A. in literature from the Claremont Graduate School and her B.A. in English from Scripps College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Besides tomorrow’s award, Sally has received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum, been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and been named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the “Millennium 100″ for her role in shaping and leading Silicon Valley.

Congratulations, Sally!

 

50 or 100 years from now: check out what Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, Premal Shah imagine might happen.

April 29, 2013 by
 
 

CEO Sally Osberg just posted the opening video that played at the Skoll World Forum on her Huffington Post blog, where it’s featured on the front page of the Huffington Post.

She just added her own introduction to the video, saying:

“Anniversaries are always a time to reflect. But for the 10th anniversary of the Skoll World Forum, we thought that the opportunity was really to look forward. So we asked friends, folks who’d been part of the Forum community for many years, to join us in imagining what the future might be.”

In the video, you’ll  hear the insights of Arianna Huffington, Skoll Awardee Premal Shah, new energy entrepreneur Elon Musk, Creative Commons chief executive Joi Ito, Skoll Awardee Afghan Institute of Learning Founder Sakena Yacoobi, collective intelligence strategist Shaifali Puri, neuroscientist Sarah Caddick, theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, and science prodigy Tanishq Abraham.

Watch: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-osberg/dare-to-imagine_b_3178886.html

 

Muhammad Yunus Presented with Congressional Gold Medal Today

April 17, 2013 by
 
 

yunuscongrCEO Sally Osberg snapped this photo today at the United States Capitol, where  Congressional leaders presented  the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, with the Congressional Gold Medal.

“It takes genius to do something simple, and Muhammad Yunus is a genius,” Sen. Dick Durbin said during the ceremony.

Yunus was honored because of his “efforts to combat global poverty,” and has also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize. Those are besides many other awards, including our Global Treasure Award just last week at the Skoll World Forum.

Here’s a new interview with Yunus from the New York Times’ Fixes column: “Yunus is best known for his work pioneering and spreading microfinance. Today, microfinance providers reach about 200 million clients globally. In Bangladesh, the Grameen Bank has 8.4 million borrowers, 96 percent women. Yunus has also developed many other enterprises that offer an array of products and services to the poor, including Grameen Phone, the largest cellphone operator in the country. Over the past two years, his work has come under attack by the government of Bangladesh, which we have reported on herehere and here in Fixes. Below, in an interview conducted a few days ago, Yunus reflects on his life, the role of social business, and the importance of imagination in creating a poverty-free world.”

Read the rest: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/beyond-profit-a-talk-with-muhammad-yunus/

 

Sally Osberg in Forbes: How Social Entrepreneurs Deliver New Solutions to Global Problems

April 16, 2013 by
 
 

CEO Sally Osberg mentions eight Skoll awardees as examples of how social entrepreneurs are delivering new solutions to global problems in her latest op-ed. An excerpt:

“Imagine that you are a mother living in a village in rural Gambia. At least one of your eight children will probably die before reaching the age of five. It doesn’t matter that there are vaccines or treatments for the disease that will take your child—measles, hepatitis, diarrhea, or perhaps HIV. What you know is that it’s a ten-kilometer walk to the health clinic. When you arrive, you’re likely to find a sign saying the nurse couldn’t get there that day.

Andrea and Barry Coleman, stars in the world of motorcycle racing, saw the problem when they went to Africa to support the work of children’s charities. It wasn’t lack of medicine or healthcare workers. Rather, what was missing were the parts, mechanics, and maintenance for vehicles taking workers and supplies to villages and clinics. The couple wept over wasted vehicles rusting behind health-ministry offices, then returned home and mortgaged their house to found Riders for Health, a reliable, scalable vehicle-maintenance system for healthcare delivery.

The story of Riders for Health is a story of social entrepreneurship.”

Read the rest: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/04/08/how-social-entrepreneurs-deliver-new-solutions-to-global-problems/

 

Skoll World Forum Opening Plenary: Partnerships and Perspective

April 11, 2013 by
 
 

We begin to tell you about the Skoll World Forum opening plenary by talking about partnerships. That’s because, during the riveting panel discussion, Paul Farmer and Bill Strickland shared that just minutes earlier backstage, they had shaken hands on an agreement to work together in Haiti. And we say perspective because panelist Gro Brundtland shared that it was very difficult for her children when she was prime minister of Norway—but they didn’t tell her until years later. Moderated by Mabel van Oranje, the panel also covered topics like failure, initial inspiration, marriage  (“It helps if you like your spouse” – Strickland) and the future. Paul Farmer noted that “Sally Osberg correctly diagnosed [me] as a social entrepreneur seven years ago,” to which many laughed. The panel was just part of the exciting Wednesday evening plenary, which also featured:

*Our Founder Jeff Skoll, sharing his Top Ten list, each of which garnered much applause (Number One: “There are fewer people living in poverty than ever before.”)

*The above video, a must-watch

*Exuberant female drummers from Rwanda called Ingoma Nysha

*Michael Porter discussing the just-launched Social Progress Index, which our CEO Sally Osberg was a big part of

*and last but not least, Ken Brecher, who poignantly shared his vivid and powerful story of living with a tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, and correlating that to social entrepreneurs. He says they, too, are part of a “tribe of social entrepreneurs.”

“Social entrepreneurship is a vocation,” Brecher said. “You form new alliances and fight until the last fight for a more equitable world.”

The complete video of the night will be online in the coming weeks at www.skollworldforum.org, and you can watch livestreaming of Thursday night’s Skoll Awards ceremony there, too.

 

Sweden is ranked most socially advanced country – Britain ranked ahead of Germany, the United States and Japan in new Social Progress Index

April 10, 2013 by
 
 

Social Progress ImperativeWednesday at the Skoll World Forum opening plenary, Harvard Business School Professor Michael E Porter gave a presentation about the new Social Progress Imperative and announced there would be big news: here it is, the official press release! (At 2 p.m. BST Thursday, learn more about it in a Skoll World Forum session that will be streamed online)

Team led by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E Porter designed index to guide national policies and investments, and shows social progress is about much more than economic growth

(April 11 2013) Oxford, United Kingdom — Sweden is the most socially advanced country globally according to a new index released today at the Skoll World Forum, the premier international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. Britain is ranked second, above Germany, which ranks fifth, the United States, sixth, and Japan, eighth.

The Social Progress Index, which ranked 50 countries by their social and environmental performance, was designed by Professor Porter and The Social Progress Imperative. They are working in collaboration with economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and leading international organisations in social entrepreneurship, business, philanthropy, and academia including Cisco, Compartamos Banco, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Fundación AVINA, and Skoll Foundation.

read more

 

Jeff Skoll and Sally Osberg’s Op-ed in the Mercury News

March 15, 2013 by
 
 

In today’s San Jose Mercury News, Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg and Founder Jeff Skoll published an opinion piece called, “McDonald’s signals good news for sustainable fishing.”

An excerpt:
“The restaurant has teamed up with the nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council to certify that all its fish offerings, including its new Fish McBites, are sustainably sourced. It’s the first national chain to exclusively serve certified sustainable seafood.”Fans of McDonald’s iconic ‘Filet-o-Fish’ may notice a new blue label on their sandwich wrappers.

This is a huge victory in the fight to preserve the world’s fish resources. McDonald’s sells about 300 million Filet-O-Fish sandwiches annually. Credible certification programs like the council’s provide a tangible reward to companies that are conducting their business responsibly and simultaneously improving the environment.”

Read the rest: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_22775756/jeff-skoll-and-sally-osberg-mcdonalds-signals-good

and learn more about the partnership: http://www.skollfoundation.org/mcdonalds-usa-first-national-restaurant-chain-to-serve-msc-certified-sustainable-fish-at-all-u-s-locations/

 

It’s the Last Day of the JobRaising Challenge

March 1, 2013 by
 
 

The JobRaising Challenge, our initiative in partnership with the Huffington Post, CrowdRise and McKinsey & Company to help job-creating nonprofits raise money and awareness, ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

The Challenge has already resulted in 3,500 donations from across the country, with 80 percent of those being under $100.

It received a mention Thursday from CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. Arianna was on CNN discussing another topic. She argued that the focus of the economic debate should be on creating jobs, not European-style austerity. After the recent divisive partisan debates, Wolf congratulated Arianna on the JobRaising initiative’s success, calling the project “something that we can all agree on.”

Read Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg’s take on the contest at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-osberg/jobraising-challenge_b_2553282.html and visit the competition site at www.jobraising.com.

 

Sally Osberg on Philanthropy and Collaboration in the Financial Times

January 24, 2013 by
 
 

Sally Osberg was recently quoted in the Financial Times in a piece entitled, “Philanthropy: Collaboration is key to getting more from less.” An excerpt:

“‘We can’t make a big dent in the challenges without a far greater ability to join forces,’ says Sally Osberg, president and chief executive of the Skoll Foundation, which was founded by eBay billionaire Jeff Skoll to invest in social entrepreneurs. ‘That’s where I see all this heading.’

Here, the sector has made advances since the days when, too often, grant makers based measurement of non-profits purely on overhead levels – even though investing in IT, training or streamlined procurement systems increases operational efficiency, leaving more cash for programmes.

Ms Osberg believes that many philanthropists have moved on from this approach. The sector is becoming more sophisticated and understands that accountability and legitimacy is dependent on measurement and results that add up,” she says.

Read the rest: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8a1cc2ec-5e76-11e2-a771-00144feab49a.html#axzz2IvUGlRMW

 

Sally Osberg’s Op-Ed in the Financial Times’ “This is Africa” Magazine

December 26, 2012 by
 
 

“Social entrepreneurs see possibility where others see problems. They are unapologetically ambitious, setting their sights not just on incremental improvements but on systems-level transformation. And to achieve their audacious ends, social entrepreneurs enroll those most vested in that transformation — people oppressed, marginalised, or constrained by an existing reality.”

Those are Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg’s words in This is Africa, a new publication from the Financial Times that “seeks to examine African business and politics in a global context and to make sense of the relationships that Africa is building with the rest of the world.” read more

 

David Bornstein Interviews Sally Osberg; Holding Social Entrepreneurship Talk Nov. 29

November 19, 2012 by
 
 

Frequent Skoll World Forum moderator, journalist David Bornstein, recently quoted Sally Osberg in his New York Times column, “Fixes.” Bornstein is also giving a talk about the future of social entrepreneurship, with Bill Drayton, on Nov. 29 in New York City. An excerpt from his column, called “The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur”:

“Social entrepreneurs excel at togetherness,” says Sally Osberg, president and chief executive of the Skoll Foundation. For a long time, Osberg said, she viewed social entrepreneurs as “individual actors” whose ideas led to the “creative destruction” necessary to “replace a societal status quo” with systems that were more just. “But over recent years,” she added, “I’ve come to see how the ‘social’ that characterizes their purpose also characterizes their way of working. In other words, social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” This approach is badly needed at a time of extreme factionalism, she adds: “Regardless of whether you call it teamwork, collaboration or consensus-building, we need it, and we need it now.”

Bornstein’s talk, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at Liquidnet, will address topics such as, “What are the biggest challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the current environment?  What will be the tipping point to create an “everyone a change maker” world?  What are the future trends in social innovation?” Those who can’t attend can join the conversation online: Your ideas will feed into the event. Tell us: What would the world look like if all entrepreneurs were social entrepreneurs? Tweet us at @csisl with hashtag #FutureSocEnt

Learn more: http://futureofsocialentrepreneurship.eventbrite.com/?ref=estw

 
 

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