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What Next in a Global Labor Landscape in Flux?
“I see aspirations converging all over the world and I’m really worried about it because unless we move more quickly in fighting poverty, unless we move more quickly in creating…
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Highlights from the Social Progress Imperative 2017 Summit
“What if sociologists had as much influence as economists?” That’s the provocation with which Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s 46-year-old Prime Minister of Iceland, set the tone for recent global summit of…
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Highlights from Skoll World Forum 2017
The annual Skoll World Forum was, as always, an inspiring, energizing, and at times dizzying week of conversations and celebrations in the hallowed halls and cobblestoned streets of Oxford. Stephan Chambers…
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Anatomy Of A Tiger: With all Eyes on Myanmar, See How Land Reform Shaped Asia's Tiger Economies
Asia’s Tigers, the collection of booming economies that emerged in the East following World War II, are often hailed as economic miracles. There was, though, no “secret sauce” behind that sustained…
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Fear Doesn’t Live Here: Fighting Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
By: Fiona Mavhinga, Founder, Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network “I have seen girls suffer,” Mary told me. “And I knew I had to speak for them.” Mary was born poor and grew…
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#StandWithMe: Empathy Builds Gender-Inclusive Safe Spaces
I was moderating an open discussion at a program on “safety in public transport” in a college in the state of Haryana, India. The students had heard about how girls…
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As Rio Olympics Kick Off, SPI Data Shows Uneven Social Progress in Brazil
The opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both the city and the country have been mired in controversies in the lead-up…
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South Asia: Skoll Awardees Drive Change in Health and Gender Equality
Last month I traveled to Nepal and India to meet with Skoll Awardees and partners and learn about their progress in deploying mobile health solutions, fighting gender bias, and expanding…
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Tackling the Access Gap: Nonprofessional Workforces Expand the Reach of Basic Services  
Comparing the recently-launched 2016 Social Progress Index to prior years, we can see what many already know—social progress takes time. As developing countries struggle to provide equitable access to important…
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Seizing the Future: Why Empowering Young People Will Build a Better World
Ellen Goodman - Ashoka UK , Rob Wilson - Ashoka
The world is changing, and it’s changing fast—much faster than our education system has so far been able to keep up. In his TED talk titled “Do schools kill creativity?”…
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Field Visit: Camfed Succeeds Through Community Solidarity
Cindy Chen - Individual
Raymond Guthrie and I are in Zimbabwe visiting Camfed, one of our early Skoll Award winners (class of 2005), to learn more about their work within rural communities to support…
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The Outsourcing Sector’s Shift to Impact Sourcing as the New Norm
In a recent Huffington Post blog Skoll Awardee Jeremy Hockenstein—co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD)—posits, “Nowadays, almost every major company and institution outsources business processes offshore. Imagine the…
The Great Paradigm Shift
Diana Good - Independent Commission for Aid Impact , Eduarda La Rocque - Pereira Passos Institute , Michael Green - Social Progress Imperative , Michael Porter - Harvard Business School , Paul Farmer - Partners In Health
Artists as Activists: Using Creative Talent for Social Progress
Camille Zamora - Sing for Hope , feliciano dos Santos - ESTAMOS Organização Comunitária , Jehane Noujaim - Noujaim Films , Monica Yunus - Sing for Hope , Naif Al-Mutawa - THE 99
GDP Turns 80: SPI Turns 1
What does a successful country look like? 80 years ago, economist Simon Kuznets introduced GDP to the world, alongside a clear warning against using it to define the wellbeing of people.…
The Social Entrepreneur: That Rare Individual
Sally Osberg, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, describes "the social entrepreneur" as part of this special special series from the Skoll World Forum featuring social entrepreneurs and other innovators discussing…
Developing the Development Model: Reengineering Aid for the 21st Century - 2013 Skoll World Forum
Bunker Roy - Barefoot College , Dambisa Moyo - Economist , Maura ONeill - University of California, Berkeley , Paul Boateng - Akyem Law and Advisory Services Ltd , Richard Feachem - The Global Health Group
2007 Skoll World Forum Closing Plenary
Bill Drayton - Ashoka , Colin Mayer - Saïd Business School , Ed Miliband MP - Labour Party , John Elkington - Volans Ventures Ltd , Larry Brilliant - Skoll Global Threats Fund