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Thank you for your interest in the Skoll World Forum! With the many exciting Skoll Week events running in parallel with the Forum in Oxford, there are plenty of ways to engage with social entrepreneurs and business, government, and civil society leaders and innovators.

Press Inquiries

The Skoll World Forum is by invitation only. If you are a member of the press and interested in covering the Forum for a media outlet, please reach out to Teresa Guillien at Teresa@resource-media.org. Full delegate passes and day passes are available. At this time, media registration requests are being reviewed and decisions are being sent on a rolling basis. However, due to space limitations, only a limited number of selected journalists will be admitted.

During Skoll Week, Tuesday, April 10, through Friday, April 13, a number of additional events—such as the Skoll World Forum plenaries and externally-hosted Ecosystem Events—will take place throughout Oxford and are open to the public.

Skoll World Forum plenaries will feature speakers including Jimmy Carter, Bryan Stevenson, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Christiana Figueres, Ava DuVernay, Tara Houska, Fred Swaniker, Dan Ariely, Gwynne Shotwell, and the 2018 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship. For those who are not registered Skoll World Forum delegates, plenary tickets are available here. A full list of externally-hosted Ecosystem Events during Skoll Week is here. Events will continue to be added to the schedule.

Press at the Skoll World Forum

VIP Welcome Reception Tuesday, April 10, 2:00pm-3:30pm.

Join us before the Opening Ceremony for a tipple and some victuals as we introduce our 2018 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship and other partners, leaders, speakers, and members of the press.

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Future of Media Track
Building on the success of last year’s #FutureofMedia track at the Skoll World Forum, we’ll convene media experts from across the media supply chain to better understand today’s global media landscape and its mounting challenges. Thinkers and actors from across the media ecosystem will explore the most promising near- and long-term solutions that can help support a thriving media ecosystem, and with it, vibrant civil society and democracy around the world.

Learn more about the #FutureofMedia track here.

News that Serves Future of Media Kick-Off Breakfast Wednesday, April 11, 8:00am-9:30am (Doors open at 7:45)

In an era of diminished trust in media and divestment from local news outlets, how can we help ensure that high-quality journalism reaches and reflects the communities it’s meant to serve—and is accountable to them?

Join us for a welcome breakfast to kick off the Future of Media track with this foundational discussion about the shifting local media landscapes across the globe, the challenges news organizations face, and the solutions that are emerging to ensure that news outlets serve the public interest.

Speakers: Alvin Starks (Open Society Foundations), Cristi Hegranes (Global Press Institute), Edith Chapin (NPR), Laura Flanders (The Laura Flanders Show), Oluseun Onigbinde (BudgIT), Pat Mitchell (Pat Mitchell Media)

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Good News for a Change: Driving Impact, Engagement, and Empathy through Solutions Journalism – Lunch discussion Wednesday, April 11, 11:45am-1:00pm

News doesn’t have to be bad. While holding the powerful to account and uncovering wrong-doing, news organizations can also report on pioneers and trailblazers, ideas that work (or might), and promising innovations. When they do, readers take notice; sometimes they take action; often they create pockets of empathy. What role can solutions journalism play in driving impact and change?

Led by: David Bornstein (Solutions Journalism Network), Mark Rice-Oxley (The Guardian), Rachel White (Guardian.org Foundation)

Social Media Platforms: Influence and EthicsWednesday, April 11, 1:30pm-2:45pm

The public square has shifted to the digital space. As traditional and local news organizations struggle, social media companies have become curators of information for communities everywhere—and thrived. With large swaths of the globe accessing news on social media, what is the responsibility of a platform, if any, to combat disinformation? What is the balance between this responsibility and freedom of expression? Join us to discuss the future of the digital public square, and debate the role of social media companies in public discourse.

Speakers: Connie Moon Sehat (Global Voices), Kelly Born (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Laura Rosenberger (Alliance for Securing Democracy), Sally Lehrman (The Trust Project, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics), Nick Pickles (Twitter), Tim Hwang (Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative)

*Note: These events are open to Skoll World Forum delegates only. If you would like to register as a Press delegate, please reach out to Teresa Guillien at Teresa@resource-media.org.

Learn more about the #FutureofMedia track here.

MEDIA ONSITE REGISTRATION

Members of the press will have a special check-in desk at the Saïd Business School where they can pick up a media badge and program. All press must pre-register.

2018 SKOLL AWARDS FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: ANNOUNCEMENT

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship!  We are delighted to welcome Lesley Marincola of Angaza, Jess Ladd of Callisto, Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America, Barbara Pierce Bush of Global Health Corps, Anushka Ratnayake of myAgro, and Harish Hande of SELCO into the Skoll community.

Please reach out to Teresa Guillien at Teresa@resource-media.org for a press kit.

Join us as the new Awardees accept their awards during the 2018 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, April 11, 4:00-6:00PM GMT+1. Entry to the Awards Ceremony is included for Skoll World Forum delegates. Public tickets are on sale here. You can also tune in at skoll.org/live or Facebook Live.

ENGAGING OVER DIGITAL

Use the conference hashtag #skollwf to share what you’re seeing and hearing on Twitter and Facebook. Follow #FutureofMedia to join the conversation about solutions for strengthening today’s media landscape.

Skoll World Forum speakers’ handles can be found here and on each skoll.org session page. Follow @skollfoundation on Twitter for year-round conversations and news.

All Skoll World Forum plenary ceremonies and select sessions will be livestreamed on the Skoll Foundation Facebook page and at skoll.org/live.

All available audio recordings, video recordings, and transcripts will be posted to Skoll.org in the weeks following the Skoll World Forum. Should you require them more urgently, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and indicate the name of the session in the Description of Use.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FORUM

About the Skoll World Forum

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Each year, nearly 1,000 hand-selected delegates from the social, finance, private, and public sectors convene for three days and nights in Oxford, England. Attendees representing nearly 65 countries participate in critical debates, dedicated networking events, self-organized sessions, small group workshops, and compelling panel and plenary sessions.

Program content spans global issues that are increasingly more interconnected than ever before: water, food security, climate change, education, human rights, social equity, and emerging social business models. Delegates represent each geo-political sector around the world and work together to accelerate entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to the most entrenched social issues. The Forum will connect you with remarkable leaders who are implementing real change, challenging the status quo and creating new, sustainable realities for people around the world.

For a schedule of events, click here.

For photos, go to our 2018 Skoll World Forum Flickr album.

About Us

The Skoll Foundation was created to pursue a vision of a sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous world. Led by President and CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. skoll.org 

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. It fosters innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration. Led by Dr. Peter Drobac, the Skoll Centre influences future business leaders to create more values-based markets that uphold human dignity and respect the planet. The Centre was created in 2003 with an initial and ongoing investment by Jeff Skoll. www.skollcentre.org

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Established in 1996, the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigor and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organizational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but into the connections between business and the wider world. www.sbs.ox.ac.uk

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For media inquiries, please contact us and select “Media” on the form. If you would like to register as a press delegate or secure a day pass, please reach out to Teresa Guillien at Teresa@resource-media.org.

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