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The 2017 Skoll World Forum will take place April 4-7.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship seeks to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems by uniting social entrepreneurs with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change. Forum delegates represent nearly 65 countries and participate in a range of interactive events in which delegates can openly share, collaborate, innovate, and, ultimately, advance social entrepreneurship.

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TICKETS TO PLENARIES AVAILABLE: https://forumplenaries.ticketleap.com/ 


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This year, our Forum theme is Fault Lines: Creating Common Ground. Around the world, it seems as though the fabric of society is unraveling in a chaotic way. Rifts are emerging along cultural, class, and political lines as globalization and the digital revolution have benefited some, while leaving left others behind.

There is a growing divide in how people perceive—and experience–the world, which represents a threat to the peaceful and prosperous world of our imaginations. Can we reclaim a world in which our common humanity outshines our ideological, cultural, and political differences? We are seeking to reclaim common ground that gives rise to new ideas, new perspectives, and ultimately, new relationships that are built on trust and a mutual desire for positive human progress.

We’ll examine the drivers of these fractures and fissures, question our own perspectives, and create space for critical debate. And, we’ll highlight innovators around the world who are working to reclaim common ground through their drive, creativity, and leadership.

Special Guest: Bono

bonoIn 2017, we will be joined by Bono, who is renowned for his lifetime of activism and dedication to global humanitarian issues. For more than 30 years, Bono has used his celebrity to fight for social justice worldwide: to end hunger and poverty, fight for debt relief, and address diseases including AIDS and malaria. His organizations ONE and (RED) have mobilized hundreds of millions of dollars and significant attention to anti-poverty measures and eradicating disease in Africa.

Schedule

We recommend all delegates check in and pick up Forum badge and materials at Saïd Business School by 4pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The Opening Plenary begins at 4:30pm at New Theatre. A complete schedule will be available in early February.

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Monday, April 3

7:00 PM Serendipity Dinners (around Oxford)
9:30 PM After Hours (location TBD)

Tuesday, April 4

11:00 AM Registration Opens for Delegates (Saïd Business School)
12:00 PM Walking Tour (90 Minutes)
1:00 PM First Connections Networking Event (Saïd Business School)
2:00 PM First Connections Networking Event (Saïd Business School)
2:30 PM Walking Tour (Saïd Business School)
4:30 PM Opening Plenary (New Theatre)
7:00 PM Delegate Dinners (Colleges throughout Oxford)
9:30 PM After Hours (location TBD)

Wednesday, April 5

8:00 AM Registration Open (Saïd Business School)
10:00 AM Sessions (Saïd Business School)
11:15 AM Lunch Sessions (Saïd Business School)
1:30 PM Sessions (Saïd Business School)
4:00 PM Skoll Awards Ceremony (New Theatre)
6:00 PM Ashmolean Reception (New Theatre)
8:00 PM Film Screening TBD
9:30 PM After Hours (location TBD)

Thursday, April 6

8:00 AM Registration Open (Saïd Business School)
10:00 AM Sessions (Saïd Business School)
11:15 AM Lunch Sessions (Saïd Business School)
1:30 PM Sessions (Saïd Business School)
3:00 PM Deep Dive Sessions and Ecosystem Events (around Oxford)
6:00 PM Skoll Reception (Saïd Business School)
8:00 PM Film Screening TBD
9:30 PM After Hours (location TBD)

Friday, April 7

10:00 AM Sessions (Saïd Business School)
11:45 AM Closing Plenary (New Theatre)
1:00 PM Closing Lunch (Saïd Business School)
2:00 PM Ecosystem Events (around Oxford)