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Blogs from the Skoll World Forum

April 29, 2014 by
 
 

We recently shared some top media coverage from the 2014 Skoll World Forum—here are some highlights from major blogs.

Kimberly Sedmak, executive producer of Jane Pauley’s AARP show, focused on the speech of Yves Moury of Fundacion Capital, and Malala’s award.

“At the recent Skoll World Forum (SWF), inspiration hits the moment I arrive in Oxford, where the City of Spires forces you to look up and out. In its 11th year, this annual gathering now includes 1,000 delegates from 60 countries and is the site of intense, imaginative and innovative thinking by social entrepreneurs from around the world. I come looking for stories — people and ideas to profile. Inspiration is at the vortex of every exchange, smile and handshake. I’ve never attended a conference where the word “love” is invoked so often as a means to an end in doing business. That particular four-letter word is rarely associated with solving the world’s most devastating problems, such as modern slavery, poverty, child brides, water and sanitation, lack of health care and 61 million children with no access to education.”

Read the rest: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/23/at-skoll-world-forum-a-powerful-lesson/

Murray Newlands of Your Story focused on the Forum’s “Unlocking Entrepreneurial Women” panel.

“With entrepreneurial women taking charge of creating businesses in countries around the world, it’s important to highlight the skills, knowledge, and attributes that have made them successful and share them with other aspiring female entrepreneurs, which is exactly what the Skoll World’s ‘Unlocking Entrepreneurial Women’ forum focused on.”

Read the rest: http://yourstory.com/2014/04/skoll-world-forum/

Victoria Knowles of the Four Degrees Network focused on four tips from Richard Branson, which she gleaned from the opening plenary.

‘In some of these big dreams, we’ll fall flat on our face – but we’ll give it our best shot. In Virgin’s arguably most ambitious project to date, Virgin Galactic aims to make space travel more accessible, while innovating clean tech solutions that can make this possible without ‘costing’ the Earth.’”

https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/frustration-what-spurs-us-start-businesses-says-sir-richard-branson-learn-how-virgins-founder-walked-off-plane-and-started-his-own-airline-and-his-vision-future/

Don’t miss the Skoll World Forum bloggers’ posts, which covered many panels and special parts of the forum: http://skollworldforum.org/debate/live-2014-skoll-world-forum-social-entrepreneurship/

 

Skoll World Forum Highlights and Tickets

April 4, 2014 by
 
 

The Skoll Foundation staff is headed to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, so please follow us online at SkollWorldForum.org for the live-stream, real-time articles covering a wide variety of sessions, and live photo galleries. If  you want to attend in person, $25 tickets to the plenaries and awards ceremony are still available and open to all.  Highlights include Sir Richard Branson, who will speak on April 9 at 5 p.m. on a panel called “Profit and Progress,” and Malala Yousafzai, who will speak at the April 10 Skoll Foundation awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on the right for every child to receive an education. Above, watch a video shown at last year’s Skoll World Forum.

In advance of the Forum, we asked delegates to share their insights. The full collection of pieces are on SkollWorldForum.org.

Some ways to participate online and via social media: 

• On Twitter, follow the official Forum account at @skollworldforum, and the hashtag #SkollWF.

• Join our #CSRChat on Intrapreneurship with @SusanMcP1 and @ontheroadwithiv on Twitter Apr 8, 3-4pm ET.

• Our Facebook page will feature highlights and events throughout the week.

Some of the thought-provoking panels at the Forum include:

More ways to follow us online:

• We’ll also be joining forces on Facebook with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to do daily live Q&As with special guests–stay tuned for more details.

• And, we’re new to Instagram! Follow us at @skollworldforum, as well as the hashtag #SkollWF.

 

 

 

Skoll World Forum Plenary Tickets Available Today

March 17, 2014 by
 
 

JOIN US for the Skoll World Forum Plenary Sessions on April 9, 10 and 11. Tickets are now on sale for $25 per event, and all are held at New Theatre in Oxford, England.  Share, learn, and be inspired by the best and brightest thinkers and practitioners from academia, media, corporate, government, philanthropy and funding communities.

Featured speakers such as Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Ronald CohenTony Elumelu, Arif Naqvi, and Jeff Skoll take the main stage to discuss key issues.  With musical performances by hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and the Playing for Change band.

Tickets are for sale for the following events:

Opening Plenary: Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM [View Details]
Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 10, 2014.  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM [View Details]
Closing Plenary: Friday, April 11, 2014.  3:30 PM –  5:00 PM [View Details]

Global experts will explore how new, entrepreneurial approaches can build and support civil society, helping address endemic social issues like poverty, access to capital, youth engagement, sustainable capitalism, reframing aid and more.

For more details on speakers and to purchase tickets, please click here: http://forumplenaries.ticketleap.com/

 

The Skoll Foundation Announces Seven 2014 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

March 5, 2014 by
 
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Suzana Grego, Director of Communications, Skoll Foundation, sgrego@skollfoundation.org or + 1 650 331 1021

Recipients Should Be on Everyone’s Global Progress ‘Watch List’ 

PALO ALTO, CA, March 5, 2014—The Skoll Foundation today announced the seven 2014 recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Skoll Award distinguishes transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world.

“These are not lifetime achievement awards,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “These are bets on the people who will create better futures for millions.”

The Skoll Award recognizes social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. By investing in organizations when an innovation is ripe for accelerated and scaled adoption, the Skoll Awards help unleash the full global potential and reach of social entrepreneurs.

Each Awardee receives a $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact. They also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

The 2014 Skoll Awardees represent seven organizations partnering with communities in 35 countries that are poised to crack the code on issues that matter the most to humanity.

“Ambition gives social entrepreneurs the vision and the fuel to do good things in smarter and better ways,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. “As they solve problems ranging from water and sanitation to health and global transparency, social entrepreneurs are driving toward creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.”

Driving transformation on a range of issues to maximize health, education, opportunity, transparency, and accountability in some of the poorest places on earth, these pioneers should be on the watch lists of everyone who cares about the future of the world:



B Lab

“Redefining Success in Business as Best FOR the World”

Co-founded by longtime friends and colleagues, Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan, and Andrew Kassoy, B Lab is fueling a global movement to redefine “success” in business, so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab is challenging the status quo by building a new sector, legal structure, and standards; empowering a community of certified B Corporations; and advancing public policies that enable companies to create financial, social, and environmental value for both its shareholders and for society. With 20 states having passed Benefit Corporation legislation, nearly 1,000 B Corporations certified, and 16,000 companies using its tools, B Lab is focused on accelerating the global adoption of this new model.


Fundación Capital

“Helping Millions Save Their Way Out of Poverty”

Half of the world’s adult population—2.5 billion people—are “unbanked,” lacking access to financial services. Founded by Belgian-born Yves Moury, Fundación Capital is a pioneer in inclusive finance innovation to help the poor save; grow and invest their assets; insure their families against risk; and chart a permanent path out of poverty. Already reaching three million people, Fundación Capital is working to reach eight million more in the next few years by expanding access to training, capital, and opportunity. Fundación Capital’s efforts to align advances in public policy, market mechanisms, and technology are building momentum and poised to reach 100 million poor families across three continents by 2030, enabling them to make their own financial decisions and live their ambitions.



Girls Not Brides

“Ending Child Marriage to Empower a Generation of Girls”

Every year 14 million girls are married as children, denied their rights to health, education, and opportunity, and robbed of their childhood. Mabel van Oranje has an inspiring vision of what the world could look like if there were no child brides, and initiated Girls Not Brides with the bold goal of ending child marriage in one generation. Child marriage traps girls and their communities in poverty. By ending the practice, the global community can start to address some of the most difficult challenges in development. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 300 civil society organizations working across 50 countries. By joining forces and working at all levels—from grassroots to international—members of the global community can tackle this harmful social norm and end child marriage.



Global Witness

“Driving Transparency to Lift the ‘Resource Curse’ of Conflict and Human Rights Abuse”

Patrick Alley, Charmian Gooch, and Simon Taylor know that many of the world’s poorest people live in the most resource-rich countries in the world. Natural resources can incentivize corruption, destabilize governments, and lead to conflict and the looting of entire states. From 2002 to 2011, illicit money flows from corrupt deals in the developing world totaled nearly $6 trillion. Global Witness investigates and exposes the shadow networks underlying these deals that fuel conflict, corruption, and environmental destruction. They collect evidence and launch hard-hitting campaigns to find global solutions and end the “resource curse” by tackling corruption, protecting the environment, preventing conflict, and defending human rights.



Medic Mobile

“Building Mobile Communications Tools to Bring Health Care to Underserved Communities”

One billion people will never see a health professional in their lives. Yet 95 percent of the world’s population has access to a mobile signal. Josh Nesbit’s  Medic Mobile was created to improve health in underserved and disconnected communities using communication tools. Medic Mobile builds mobile applications for community health workers, caregivers, and patients to increase life-saving health care coverage. Across 20 countries, its tools support 8,000 frontline health workers and benefit approximately six million people with plans to double these numbers annually for a total of 200,000 health workers serving 100 million people by 2018.



Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

“Leading Slum Dwellers around the World to Improve Their Cities”

In 2008—for the first time in history—more people were living in urban than in rural areas. Today, more than one billion people live in slums. Founded by a collective of slum dwellers and concerned professionals headed by Jockin Arputham, a community organizer in India, Slum Dwellers International works to have slums recognized as vibrant, resourceful, and dignified communities. SDI organizes slum dwellers to take control of their futures; improve their living conditions; and gain recognition as equal partners with governments and international organizations in the creation of inclusive cities. With programs in nearly 500 cities, including more than 15,000 slum dweller-managed savings groups reaching one million people; 20 agreements with national governments; and nearly 130,000 families who have secured land rights, SDI has been a driving force for change for slum dwellers around the world.



Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

“Helping Cities Reach Everyone with Water and Sanitation Services”

Every five seconds, the world’s urban population increases by 10 people. Everyone needs access to clean water and sanitation, putting a huge pressure on city service agencies. In response, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor has turned the traditional charity model on its head by developing commercially-viable models to bring water and sanitation to nearly two million people in urban slums in six countries. Sam Parker, a former business manager, has led the organization since 2006. Offering a creative package of private-sector, nongovernmental-organization, and academic expertise, WSUP equips public and private service agencies with the capacity and incentives to serve all citizens in their city.

 

Over the past decade, the Skoll Foundation has invested more than $150 million in social entrepreneurs whose transformative innovations have disrupted the status quo, improved lives, and created a new social equilibrium.

The Skoll Award is a major milestone for social entrepreneurs and an investment in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, including: environmental sustainability, education, economic opportunity, health, peace and human rights, and sustainable markets.

The 2014 Skoll Awardees will be honored at the 11th Annual Skoll World Forum in Oxford, April 9-11. At the Forum, nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world will gather for three remarkable days of sharing, learning, and inspiration. While most delegates are practicing social entrepreneurs, a third of the community is made up of representatives from the public and private sectors—business, finance, media, academia, religion, the arts, philanthropy, and more.

Sign up to learn more and watch the Skoll World Forum live stream from Oxford here.

About the Skoll Foundation

Jeff Skoll established the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to drive large-scale change by connecting, celebrating, and investing in social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents—creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already enacting positive change throughout the world, the Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and drive toward a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

 

New Guidebook: Top Tips on Making Any “Gather”-ing Matter More

July 30, 2013 by
 
 

In the age of budget cuts, global footprint monitoring, quantum leaps in video conferencing and renewed attention on work/life balance, are large, in-person convenings going the age of the dinosaur?

The answer is: yes and no.  For some meetings, there is no need to immerse oneself in content – and people. Video conferencing is a wonderfully efficient tool to cut down on travel time, hassle and carbon footprint, while being able to see important body language cues. But for other meetings, the ability to connect in person, with a large body of like-minded  individuals, is priceless. This is especially true if you live and work in remote areas of the world, or just want to connect with people from around the world for a dose  of inspiration, new ideas and human connection.

The Skoll World Forum, of which I am director, is such a meeting. It is big. It brings people from all over the world to Oxford to connect, share and collaborate. It immerses people in a small town for three days and offers them time and space to breathe – a moment to absorb new ideas, jettison old ones, meet fellow travelers and ultimately, progress their work. read more

 

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

 

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.

 

Skoll World Forum Has Begun!

April 10, 2013 by
 
 

We’re thrilled to be in Oxford at the tenth Skoll World Forum. In just three hours (at 5 p.m. BST), you can watch our opening plenary livestreaming here: http://skollworldforum.org/forum-2013/live/

If you’re in the area and want to attend one of our plenaries or awards ceremony, tickets are here ($45 each): http://forumplenaries.ticketleap.com

A Flikr stream of photos from the Forum are here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/44608864@N08/

To learn more about this year’s Forum: http://skollworldforum.org/forum-2013/2013-programme/

 

 

Skoll World Forum is Next Week!

April 3, 2013 by
 
 

Our staff is gearing up for the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England next week — some of us are already in Oxford, others are leaving very soon.

Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford to exchange ideas, solutions and information. What’s in store this year? Kofi Annan will speak at the closing plenary on Friday, Annie Lennox and Muhammad Yunus will receive special awards, we’re launching a book in partnership with HarperOne, we’re giving the Skoll Award to six new awardees, and much more.

If you’re not attending the entire Forum, you can purchase tickets for $45 each to the plenaries and awards ceremony here: http://forumplenaries.ticketleap.com

Or watch our live stream from your computer starting April 10: http://skollworldforum.org/forum-2013/live/

To learn more about this year’s Forum: http://skollworldforum.org/forum-2013/2013-programme/

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change.

Co-produced by the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, the Forum shines a spotlight on best practices, new innovations and connecting leaders to one another to further global social progress. Forum delegates represent nearly 65 countries and participate in a range of interactive events in inspiring Oxford locations. We provide a unique platform for delegates to openly share, collaborate, innovate and ultimately, advance social entrepreneurship.

 

Lakhdar Brahimi’s Talk at the Skoll World Forum

August 21, 2012 by
 
 

We’re thrilled that former Skoll World Forum speaker Lakhdar Brahimi is now the UN/Arab League Envoy on Syria. Since his recent announcement, the press has often quoted his Skoll World Forum speech, so we thought we’d post it in entirety above. Mr. Brahimi is also one of The Elders, which our CEO Sally Osberg is on the advisory council of.

“When we try and provide help and support to people who are in conflict to see if you can push them towards the end of that conflict,” Mr. Brahimi said at the 2010 Skoll World Forum. “We are often guilty of the same lack of humility..the first effort you have to make is to understand — what has been happening?”

If you prefer to read it, a transcript is at http://skollworldforum.org/session/opening-plenary-of-the-2010-skoll-world-forum/?play=the-imperative-to-cooperate-a-call-for-peace

 

Jason Clay on Eliminating Deforestation from Supply Chains

August 15, 2012 by
 
 

Jason Clay of World Wildlife Fund US, who facilitated a session at the last Skoll World Forum on this topic, just wrote a piece on the Guardian blog about strategic partnerships and how to reach zero deforestation from global supply chains. Clay notes that ” large companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola and Walmart must use their market demand to stimulate the supply of sustainable products, and their influence to encourage other retailers and brands to do the same.”

Skoll Foundation principal David Rothschild says “this is strong strategic thinking, and signals one area we can look to for big gains to reduce deforestation on the global scale in the coming years.”

 

 

Social Edge to Merge with Skoll World Forum

May 15, 2012 by
 
 
 

May 15, 2012 – Palo Alto – The Skoll Foundation today announced the merging of Social Edge and Skoll World Forum into a new year-round platform, Skoll World Forum Online:

In the last decade the Social Edge Community and its social entrepreneurs have together built a rich and trusted online community dedicated to changing business as usual. Their discussions around promising solutions, barriers to change, scale, metrics, and more, have contributed indelible value to the evolving social sector.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, a program of the Skoll Foundation, has evolved too. It is now the premiere international platform for social entrepreneurship; we just convened our 9th annual event. And we couldn’t be prouder that both Social Edge and the Forum continue to attract the best and the brightest thinkers and doers committed to global social change.
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“Brazil can eliminate deforestation by 2020″ and other related news

April 30, 2012 by
 
 
 

Lots happening in the world of Brazil and deforestation news:

1) Deforestation Film highlighted in local Para news
Para state news in Brazil highlighted the deforestation film shown at the Skoll World Forum (you can watch it below!), and the participation of the Governor of Para and Mayor of Paragominas.

2)  Brazil can eliminate deforestation by 2020, says governor of giant Amazon state

The governor of Para says Brazil can eliminate deforestation by 2020. He shares his vision of Para eliminating deforestation through its green municipalities program. He notes, “There is widespread support in Pará for curbing deforestation. The zero net deforestation goal for 2020 is not an idea from outside; it’s a demand from society. Most are in favor of reducing deforestation. Some groups want to continue deforesting, but they are the minority.”

The article mentioned the Skoll World Forum, too: “The Green Municipalities Program and the Government of Pará were represented to the international community by Governor Simao Jatene and cited as an example of sustainable development to be replicated around the world during the the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England.” Read more: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0405-swf_jatene_interview.html

3) Uncontacted Tribe Found

Aerial surveys of a remote area of rainforest along the Colombia-Brazil border have produced the first photographic evidence of an uncontacted tribe, according to Amazon Conservation Team.

Read more: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0419-uncontacted_tribes_colombia_photos.html

 

Trends in Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Skoll World Forum

April 11, 2012 by
 
 
 

Social entrepreneurship is more market-driven, measurement-oriented, and corporate-friendly than ever before, writes Jason Saul, a consultant who attended the Skoll World Forum. In his latest, thoughtful piece in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Saul gives examples of social entrepreneurs such as Skoll Awardees Kiva, Riders for Health, Roots of Peace, Peace Dividend Trust (now “Building Markets”) and Water for People. An excerpt:

“Measurement is no longer optional. Measurement had its big coming out party at Skoll this year as the foundation announced its first attempt at portfolio-level measurement. The language and references this year were different too. In past years, there was always talk of ‘effectiveness’ and ‘accountability,’ but this year, I heard more about ‘returns,’ ‘moving the needle,’ and measuring ‘value.’ …I had a fascinating conversation with Andrea Coleman of Riders for Health who found the Skoll Foundation’s focus on outcomes liberating from the regime of randomized control trials imposed by other funders.”

Read the rest: http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/flux_to_flex_takeaways_from_the_2012_skoll_world_forum

(Above, a group of social entrepreneurs gather at the “connect and collaborate” sessions on the last day of the Forum).

 

 

The Guardian, FT, Arianna Huffington: Great Coverage of Skoll World Forum

April 3, 2012 by
 
 

More media than ever covered the Skoll World Forum last week, and we had to share some of the highlights that have already been published:

In the video above, Jess Search asks attendees whether they are more “social or entrepreneur.” See our very own Sandy Herz!

From Arianna Huffington, who spoke on two Forum panels: “I spent a fascinating couple of days at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. I wish everyone could have been there: It was exhilarating — and deeply moving — to hear example after example of social entrepreneurs making quantifiable improvements in lives all around the world.” read more

 

Closing Plenary of the Skoll World Forum

April 2, 2012 by
 
 

What a perfect way for the Skoll World Forum to end. A powerful panel, an inspiring highlights video, and a talk from Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives ensured everyone left the Forum with something to talk about (at the lively beer-and-wine reception immediately afterwards!)

The Maldives could be a “foretaste of a new Arab winter,” Nasheed said from his video talk (he couldn’t leave his country to attend the Forum; don’t miss the new documentary about his life, by the way).

The Guardian Columnist Zoe Williams led a lively panel with bold statements from Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Carl Pope, senior strategic advisor of the Sierra Club and Gidon Bromberg,  Israeli Director of Skoll Awardee EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East. read more

 

How the Skoll World Forum Changes Lives

March 19, 2012 by
 
 
 

With the Skoll World Forum (SWF) coming up next week, it’s always nice to read about how the 900-person conference has impacted people’s lives. The newest edition of Stanford Social Innovation Review talks about the growth social enterprises in China. A turning point was when, in 2006, a group from China went to SWF for the first time:

“In March 2006, Lv Zhao and his colleagues went to the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University, marking the first time a group from the nonprofit community in mainland China attended the conference. Lv was then deputy director of the China NPO Network, one of the first professional training providers for Chinese nonprofit organizations, and founder of the Non-Profit Incubator, the first venture philanthropy investor in China. read more

 

World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs, including Jude Law of Peace One Day, Speak in Video Series

September 21, 2011 by
 
 

Want some inspiration today? Watch one of these new videos from the Skoll World ForumThe first 11 of 47 original interviews with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs are now posted at www.TakePart.com/SkollWorldForum.

The videos (see one, above) were filmed this spring at the premier international social entrepreneurship gathering, the Skoll World Forum, in Oxford, England. They spotlight one-on-one discussions about inspiration, innovation and how to make change that lasts. Interviewees also include Water.org’s Gary White and Skoll Global Threats Fund’s Larry Brilliant. read more

 

BBC features video diary of the Skoll World Forum

July 1, 2011 by
 
 

This past April, BBC reporter Leo Johnson visited Oxford to attend the Skoll World Forum. He recently posted a video diary of the event (above), where he follows the buzz around the growing field of “impact investing” – an issue that dominated the conference. He talks to Nadine Kettaneh, of Willow Tree Impact Investors, who focuses on impact investing in the Middle East; Andrew Mitchell, of Global Canopy Programme, which tests innovative ways to protect tropical forests, and many others about the topic.

“Social entrepreneurship is a bimodal thing,” Mitchell tells Johnson at the Forum. “On the one hand, you’ve got social entrepreneurship, on the other side you’ve got financial profit. There’s a whole spectrum in between that people here are struggling with…. You’ve got something called impact investing coming along, which says, this is making profits, but nicely. Then, how  much profit? Is it going to be 4 to 5 percent or really can I make 20 percent at microfinance, for instance? That’s an interesting debate that’s happening at this conference.”

 

Is Microfinance the bad guy… or the fall guy? Panel Discussion of Microfinance at the 2011 Skoll World Forum

April 21, 2011 by
 
 

A panel of three microfinance experts discussed Large Scale Change in Action: Microfinance in the Balance at the 2011 Skoll World Forum opening plenary.

We are living in a “backlash of over-promise,” said Alvaro Rodriguez (Compartamos Banco). Moderator, Jonathan Lewis (Microcredit Enterprises) pointed out the elephant in the room: do you have to trade off profit for social impact? The answer from Roshaneh Zafar (Kashf Foundation) was “it’s not about numbers but about lives.”

 
 

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