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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Global Health, from Innovation to Implementation
Ruth Norris - Resources Legacy Fund , April 27, 2017
"Global health is a marathon, not a sprint."  -- Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps The race often starts with great excitement over big breakthroughs: new vaccines and treatments, new technologies…
Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Civil Society Under Fire
Ruth Norris - Resources Legacy Fund , April 13, 2017
In the past five years, 70 countries have passed restrictive laws controlling civil society organizations, with more than half of them restricting foreign funding. There is a crisis of effectiveness…
Seeding Serendipity at the Skoll World Forum
Skoll World Forum delegates often talk about the “magic” that happens in Oxford; an ineffable quality turns a gathering of some thousand people into an experience of unquantifiable value. We’ve…
Creating Common Ground in an Era of Division
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , March 15, 2017
On January 21st, my daughter and I joined the sea of citizens marching in solidarity down Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Humanity in all colors, ages, and genders jostled along,…
When Crisis Strikes a Skoll World Forum
Zachary Slobig - Skoll Foundation , March 6, 2017
On an unusually mild Sunday in mid-April of 2010, June Cohen stood on a London stage and welcomed a disoriented crowd. “How many of you are stranded here?” she asked.…
Behind the Scenes of Skoll World Forum Programming: Q&A with Jessica Fleuti
Curating the programming of the annual Skoll World Forum is a monumental undertaking. Planning for the next year begins soon after the delegates leave Oxford, and often is ongoing right…
Skoll World Forum 2017: A Bigger Tent
Sarah Zak Borgman - Skoll Foundation , February 16, 2017
When people come to the Skoll World Forum for the first time, there’s often a moment when something clicks, and they say, “I’ve finally found my tribe.” To share a…
Survey of Social Entrepreneurship Community Reveals Emerging Trends
Jessica Fleuti - Skoll Foundation , February 1, 2017
Last summer, the Skoll Foundation surveyed our Board, partners, and Awardees about trends and issues influencing the work of social entrepreneurs and other change agents. As a curator of the…
Lessons in "Leading Through Adversity" from the Skoll World Forum
Pat Mitchell - Pat Mitchell Media , June 11, 2016
This is part of a series of articles about the 2016 Skoll World Forum, which took place April 13-15 in Oxford, England. In April, I had the privilege of moderating…
2016 Skoll World Forum Highlights
May 9, 2016
More than 1,000 social change agents converged on Oxford, England, to explore fierce compassion as a driver of social progress at the 2016 Skoll World Forum. Here are some highlights…
Start With Fierce Compassion for Yourself
Bart Weetjens - APOPO , April 13, 2016
Fierce compassion: what a stimulating theme for deep connection at the 2016 Skoll World Forum. At first, fierce compassion may sound like a paradox. We tend to associate fierceness with…
Fierce Compassion and the Fight Against Injustice
Barry Kerzin - Altruism in Medicine Institute , March 29, 2016
"Fierce compassion" is the theme of the 2016 Skoll World Forum. Some people view compassion as weakness or passivity, but this is a misunderstanding. Some of the strongest and most…
A Framework for Justice
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , March 22, 2016
From the program of the 2016 Skoll World Forum. Justice is our north star. It provides the bearings to guide us through territory fraught with tests of character and will.…
Sally Osberg on Ambition
October 12, 2015
Ambition translates aspiration into action. It's the secret sauce that accelerates problem solving, spurs entrepreneurship, and galvanizes leadership. Most important, ambition is what drives human beings to improve their lives.…
Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai: A Father and Daughter's Ambition
October 11, 2015
“Ambition is what’s in your heart.” Since the age of 10, Malala Yousafzai has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education. At the age of 15, she…
Tough-Minded Optimism: Social Entrepreneurs’ Belief in The Possibility to Create Change
October 11, 2015
Where does “belief” fit into social entrepreneurship? What kind of role does it play? To Sally Osberg, it is all about deeply and truly believing that you can achieve what…
Jeff Skoll on Belief
October 11, 2015
I’ve been asked what makes a great leader. The first quality is a moral compass, an ethical direction of knowing right from wrong. Second is belief that you can accomplish…
Sally Osberg on Belief
October 11, 2015
The driving force for change is the quintessentially human drive to set things right. To get beyond just making things better—to bring a true end to injustice and corruption, and…
Song, Laughter and Art at the Skoll World Forum Closing Plenary
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , April 18, 2015
We sang. We saw images of war. We saw beautiful art that inspired a little boy who eventually became president of a large foundation. We heard a musician from Mozambique…
Skoll Awards Ceremony 2015 Highlights
Skoll Foundation - , April 17, 2015
There is no better way to open an Awards Ceremony than with the Soweto Gospel Choir dancing down the aisles. So began the 2015 Skoll Awards Ceremony. Yesterday, Skoll Foundation…
How Social Entrepreneurs Unleash Human Potential
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , April 1, 2013
Excerpted from How Social Entrepreneurs Unleash Human Potential (Rotman Magazine, Spring 2013) Without ambition, I would argue, dreams risk remaining ethereal and untethered to reality. Ambition moves human beings from…