Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 Skoll Awards For Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

At the 2010 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, listen as each awardee gives a short, inspirational acceptance speech. Awardee Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures talks about going from aspiration to action in this speech at the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Later, Michael Jenkins of Forest Trends, Carlos Souza Jr and Adalberto Verissimo of Imazon, Andrew Youn of One Acre Fund, Scott Gilmore of Peace Dividend Trust, Molly Melching of Tostan, and Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto and Silverius Oscar Unggul of Telepak accept their awards in this video.

Featuring Remarks by:
Paul Hawken, CEO, OneSun Solar
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation

Musical Performance By:
Jimmy and Donnie Demers

When | Where

17:30 - 19:00 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Musician,
    Jimmy and Donnie Demers performed at the Skoll World Forum 2010.
  • Founder, Telapak
    The rate of unsustainable environmental practices is one of the highest in Indonesia. Telapak came into existence in response to the rise of illegal logging activities and the depletion of marine life. The lack of education and awareness of environmental issues have been draining the country of its natural resources since its colonial days. Concessions exploit the land and some businesses use bribery and other illicit means to gain permits. When Telapak first started, there was no effective monitoring mechanism to oversee the quota system for the harvesting of timber, coral and fishing. Indigenous people living near these natural resources were also under conflict with large companies over land and resource rights. In response to these issues, Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto, Silverius Oscar Unggul and four other friends started Telapak.
  • President, Telapak
    I am a community organizer's expert with 20 year experience work with famers, fisherman and indigenous people in Indonesia. I started work to organied people on did advocacy, but now i work with them to build sustainable solution by create community based logging, fisheries and tourism. With these activities we can protect our environment and in the same time we can create a sustainable livelihood for community.
  • Michael Jenkins Speaker
    President & CEO, Forest Trends Association
    Michael Jenkins is the founding President and CEO of Forest Trends, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Forest Trends’ mission is to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael's responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole and Guaraní. Michael holds a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University, and has contributed to and authored numerous books/publications, including The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition and Capital Markets and Sustainable Forestry: Opportunities for Investment. In 2010 he received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and in 2015 the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation. Also in 2015, Forest Trends was awarded the 2015 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.
  • Senior Researcher, Imazon
    I did my undergraduate degree in Geology, in Brazil, at the Pará State Federal University, a M.Sc. in Soil Science at Penn State University, and Ph.D. in Geography at University of California in Santa Barbara. I am a senior researcher at Imazon and conduct research on spatial analysis and on remote sensing for mapping and monitoring forest changes. In 2010, I received the Skoll Award on Social Entrepreneurship in recognition to the development and operationalization of SAD - the first independent forest monitoring system in Brazil. I had also co-founded Terras App Solutions a startup firm that develops geospatial Apps for rural property management, monitoring and geotraceability of agroforestry products. I am currently engaged in crowdsourcing mapping and capacity building using Google Earth Engine, MapBiomas Project in Brazil, and contributing with forest monitoring in Brazil and Pan-Amazonia countries.
  • Marc Freedman Speaker
    CEO and Founder,
    Marc Freedman is founder and CEO of A visiting scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15 and formerly a visiting fellow at King’s College, University of London, Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent commentator in the media. He is the author of four books, including most recently, "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife." Freedman was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation and is the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Experience Corps, mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities, and spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.
  • Scott Gilmore Speaker
    Scott is the founder of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste, Burma, and Liberia, creating 70,000 jobs in the process. Currently Scott is working on the launch of a private equity investment fund for frontier markets in Africa. Prior to this, Scott was a Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in Asia and worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. In 2010, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper awarded the G20 SME Prize to Scott. The Globe & Mail designated him a "Leading Thinker" on aid in the 21st century, the World Economic Forum has honored him as a Young Global Leader, and he is a Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Ashoka Foundation.
  • Paul Hawken Speaker
    CEO, OneSun, Solar
    Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. His books have been published in over 50 countries and 27 languages. They include The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest. He is CEO of OneSun, Solar.
  • Molly Melching Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Tostan
    Molly Melching has lived and worked in Senegal, West Africa since 1974 and has dedicated her life to the empowerment of communities at the grassroots level. Molly’s early experiences living in a rural village enforced her beliefs that many development efforts were not addressing the true needs and realities of African communities. In collaboration with the villagers, Molly began to develop a new type of learning program that actively involved both adults and adolescents by using African languages and traditional methods of learning. Their efforts grew throughout the 1980s, leading Molly to found Tostan in 1991. Tostan’s program is an innovative grassroots education model—the Community Empowerment Program (CEP)—which engages communities for three years in cross-cutting themes of democracy, human rights, problem-solving, hygiene, health, literacy, project management skills and parental education. Tostan also has developed post-CEP programs on Early Childhood Development and Peace & Security. Molly’s work with Tostan has brought her international recognition for contributions to results which include: reductions in infant and maternal mortality, widespread school and birth registration, the emergence of female leadership and the abandonment of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage in over 7,500 communities in eight African countries. Tostan and Molly have received many prizes including: the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights (2015), the Jury Special Prix in Individual Philanthropy from the BNP Paribas Foundation (2015), the Cecila Attias ‘Award in Action’ for improving health systems and maternal care (2012), the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2010), the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize (2007), the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Price (2007), and Sweden’s Anna Lindh Human Rights Award (2005). Molly is also the subject of the best-seller book "However Long the Night" by Aimee Molloy
  • Andrew Youn Speaker
    Founder and Director, One Acre Fund
    Andrew Youn started One Acre Fund in 2006. One Acre Fund only serves smallholder farmers in East Africa – and provides farm inputs, finance, and training that boosts farm profits by 50%. One Acre Fund has 5,000 staff who serve 400,000+ families per year, plus 600,000+ more families via partnership. The organization will triple in size by 2020, and aims to be the most impactful distribution network for life-improving goods in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant at Oliver Wyman, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
  • Beto Verissimo Speaker
    Senior Research, Imazon
    Beto Veríssimo is a senior research and co-founder of Imazon, a think-and-do tank NGO based in the Brazilian Amazon founded in 1990. He holds a master degree in Ecology from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) and graduate degree in Agriculture Engineer from the Federal Rural University of the Brazilian Amazon. He has published more than 170 scientific and technical articles and 25 books on conservation, natural resources management and public policies. His work has helped created about 25 million hectares of Conservation Units in the Brazilian Amazon and support forest management for more than 7 million hectares. In the last years he has work on different strategies to reduce the level of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. He is also AVINA Fellow and Ashoka Senior Fellow. In 2010 Veríssimo received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2015 he received the Globo Newspaper Brazilian Award on sustainability.
  • Sally Osberg Speaker
    President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
    Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: "Onward!" As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations including TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative. In 2015, she co-authored Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with Roger Martin. Together, she and Roger received the Thinkers50 Social Enterprise Award. Sally’s work has appeared in CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the MIT Technology Review, Rotman Magazine, and others. She has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times.
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.