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Friday, April 16, 2010

Closing Plenary Of The 2010 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

After an inspiring three days, attendees gathered for the closing plenary. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Director Pamela Hartigan opened by talking about the idea of the heroic social entrepreneur. “‘Is that not misguided?’ I am frequently asked. ‘Certainly it takes more than a visionary individual for his or her initiative to be successful.’”
Hartigan answered this question in her speech.

Then, Caroline Casey, Founder & CEO of Kanchi, shared her disability that surprised the audience, and how it’s helped her become persuasive. Her talk, “The Power of Persuasion: Pulling in the Reluctant Collaborators,” was uplifting and an example of how to be positive—whether you have a disability or not.

Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh talked on “The Anatomy of a People’s Movement.” Roy said it’s important to know what is going on in India, because if you don’t, “You can’t get your schooling, you can’t get your medicines, you can’t get your rations, you can’t get anything.”

Tim Smit, CEO of the Eden Project, talked about your vision in life. “We all sort of think death is optional, so we piss around wasting our lives away. You need to have the fire, to imagine how many birthdays there are from now until your death, and suddenly you think, ‘When am I going to go to the Antarctic, when am I going to do that?’ And suddenly you are fired up. So many people piss their lives up against the wall because they are too scared to take risks,” Smit says.

The Skoll World Forum came to an end with words by Stephan Chambers, chairman of the Skoll Centre Standing Committee at Said Business School. Chambers offers some wisdom learned. “Intractable problems, even big, scary, recalcitrant, painful ones, are not intractable when subject to the power of truth, reconciliation and innovation,” he said.

When | Where

14:30 - 16:00 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • Caroline Casey Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Kanchi
    Caroline Casey is the founding CEO of Kanchi and the O2 Ability Awards and is also an international speaker and adventurer. A social entrepreneur, Caroline sits on the board for several government, business and not-for-profit organisations. A former management consultant with Accenture, Caroline is visually impaired to the degree that she is registered as legally blind.
  • Aruna Roy Speaker
    Activist , Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
    Aruna Roy began work as a civil servant. In 1975, she resigned to join the Social Work and Research Centre. In 1987, along with Shanker Singh, and Nikhil Dey, she helped form MK SS - a grassroots peasants and workers organisation, credited for founding India’s Right to Information movement. As a member of the central government’s National Advisory Council from 2004-2006, she played a key role in incorporating strong citizens entitlements in the Right to Information and National Rural Employment Guarantee Acts.
  • Nikhil Dey Speaker
    Activist , Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
    Nikhil Dey, aged 47, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Shankar Singh. He has been a part of the organisation’s decision making collective and its numerous struggles of the poor for land, the payment of minimum wages, justice, and equality. He has also been a part of the organisation’s involvement in larger campaigns - most notably for the People’s Right to Information, the Right to Work, and the larger struggle for democratic rights.
  • Shankar Singh Speaker
    Activist , Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
    Shanker Singh, aged 55, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey. Acknowledged to be one of India’s leading figures in people’s theatre, he has combined over two decades of activism with the power of people’s communication through street theatre, puppetry, song, and drama to strengthen the voice of the poor. Through his uncanny, incisive wit and his keen political insight, he instinctively communicates complex issues in an idiom familiar to the people.
  • Tim Smit Speaker
    Chief Executive & Co-Founder, Eden Project
    Tim Smit, CBE, is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall. The Eden Project houses a complex of domes containing world-class horticulture, and demonstrates that sustainability is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future. Tim is Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and has Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of universities. He has received The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal and was voted 'Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Briton Awards.
  • Director, London School of Economics
    Stephan Chambers is Director of the Marshall Institute at the LSE, dedicated to applying social science research to private interventions for public good. Formerly he was Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found and director of international strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Stephan is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory boards of Princeton University Press, the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School.
  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Director (2009-2016), Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.