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The Case for Creative Coalitions in a Time of Turmoil
Imagine a country’s Olympics team getting all mixed up. The swimmers end up in the sprint and the cyclists are handed javelins. There’s a wrestler on a horse and a…
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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Global Goals in an Uncertain World
Walking into the session, a question buzzed in my head: can we 7B+ humans prove to ourselves that ‘sustainable development’ isn’t an oxymoron, in just 14 short years? Susan Myers—panel…
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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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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Civil Society Under Fire
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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…
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Why I March - A Personal Message from Sally Osberg
Friends, Over my lifetime, the course of human events here in the US has always found its way forward. While far from perfect, our union has been characterized by its…
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Reflections From Standing Rock
At the Skoll Foundation much of the work we support—and the stories we seek to tell—has to do with organizations and movements seeking to protect the environment and indigenous land…
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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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Colombia: Referendum Result Presents Opportunity for Dialogue
Catalina Cock Duque - Fundacion Mi Sangre
After more than four years of negotiations, the referendum to ratify the final peace agreement that would end the armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas was held on October 2, 2016. It…
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Bryan Stevenson’s Blueprint for Racial Justice Inspires Aspen Changemakers
In July I attended the Aspen Institute’s Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado, along with a number of Skoll Awardees. The Skoll Foundation sponsors this annual four-day event, where…
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One More Look at Rio: The Necessity and Complexity of Systems Change
Over the course of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we’ve delved into some of the challenges facing Brazil. We began with the Social Progress Index’s (SPI) assessment of Brazil’s performance…
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“Visibility is the First Stepping Stone For All Our Other Rights”: How WITNESS is Using Video to Fight Abuses in Rio
Social entrepreneurs aim at the root causes of social problems. For WITNESS, one of the main reasons human rights abuses persist is a lack of visibility. WITNESS empowers citizens to…
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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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Communications as Critical Change Agent
During the July 2016 AWNY Stages Summit in Chicago, the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement & Communications Suzana Grego delivered a speech about her experiences working in human rights…
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New Hope That Water Can Be a Bridge to Mideast Peace
Israelis and Palestinians often play the blame game on the crucial issue of water. Palestinians scream “water apartheid” and Israelis respond with accusations of a “sewage intifada.” But recently there…
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Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions
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Fadwa, Mahmoud, and Yasser have three things in common. They all live in Istanbul, but not by choice. They are there because their lives in Syria became too dangerous or…
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Unleashing Young People’s Potential to Build a Culture of Peace
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Catalina Cock Duque is the director of the Mi Sangre Foundation, founded in 2006 by Juanes, the Grammy Award-winning Colombian musician and social activist. Juanes will perform at the 2016…
What's So Funny? The Role of Comedy in Social Change
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Down is Not Defeated
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The Great Paradigm Shift
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Measuring Up As Men: Mobilizing To End Child Marriage In Kenya
Follow Wanjala Wafula, a women's rights activist from Kenya, in his day-to-day work to convince men that ending child marriage is not just a necessity: it is their responsibility. The…
Revisit Nasheed's Address To The Closing Plenary Skoll World Forum in 2012
In light of the controversy surrounding former President Mohamed Nasheed's arrest and sentencing to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge…
Artists as Activists: Using Creative Talent for Social Progress
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Opening Plenary of 2014 Skoll World Forum
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The Skoll World Forum delegation comes together for the first time at the Opening Plenary to celebrate social entrepreneurship and the work being done in pursuit of large-scale systemic change.…
The Square - Trailer
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The Square movie is a documentary about the Egyptian revolution behind the headlines. Follow a group of activists in Tahrir Square, risking their lives to build a new society of…
Skoll World Forum Interviews: Kofi Annan
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Kofi Annan shares his vision for a more equitable and peaceful world. This is the first in a special series from the Skoll World Forum featuring social entrepreneurs and other…
The Emotional Brain: The Science and Anthropology of Aggression
Brian Ferguson - Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rutgers University-Newark , David Anderson - California Institute of Technology , John Mitani - University of Michigan , Quratulain Bakhteari - Institute for Development Studies and Practices , Simon Wessely - Kings College London