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Skoll World Forum

My Modest Proposal

Jenny Bowen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

There are some things we now understand about human development. Besides the need for food and water and basic shelter, we humans are all the same in one fundamental way: we need to know love and be loved.

Skoll World Forum: The Olympics of Social Entrepreneurs

Jamiel L. Alexander | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Jamiel L. Alexander

Hello Everyone! First thank you Mrs. D and Mr. JB for this amazing opportunity and shout out to the Skoll Foundation for a life enhancing, experience...

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

Want Stronger Economies And Communities? Empower Women

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Many women across the globe face extraordinary barriers as they seek better futures and fortunes. Generally, women have a harder time accessing credit and capital. They carry a heavier burden of household responsibilities and are more likely to work in the informal economy and at insecure jobs.

Recycling Key To A Sustainable Urban Future

Glaucia Barros | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Glaucia Barros

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the need to address the growing challenge of solid waste management has emerged as a critical part of the larger effort to build sustainable cities.

Tackling Youth Unemployment Is The Most Important Issue

Ruma Bose | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ruma Bose

If we do not make this issue a priority, we risk seeing an entire generation of people cursed to be marginalized at work - and because so much else depends on having a decent job, marginalized in society, too.

Old-School Problems, Millennial Solutions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

As the UN General Assembly begins a new session and leaders from all over the world come together to tackle our biggest problems, we're starting conversations at HuffPost on a handful of big initiatives that focus on ways to improve people's lives in the developing world.

Put the Frontline Health Worker into the Post-2015 Framework

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Millions of people in impoverished countries are alive today because a midwife was by their side when they gave birth, or they were vaccinated as infants by a nurse, or because their families learned from a community health worker to adopt healthy behaviors like breastfeeding, hand washing, birth spacing, and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Voices Of A Silent Majority

Chris Underhill | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Chris Underhill

The problem of mental illness has long been ignored. In the fast paced and complex world we live in, the time has now come that it cannot be neglected anymore.

We Need To Rethink How We Measure ‘Improved Sanitation'

John Kluge | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

Yes, improved sanitation has improved the lives of billions of people all over the world, and it's important to note that success. But we need to make some course corrections. The stakes are just too high. Leaving billions of people to live with "improved sanitation" that includes untreated sewage--that's an economic, environmental, and humanitarian catastrophe.

What Will The World Look Like In 50 Years?

Felicity McLean | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Felicity McLean

We need to make radical changes to the frameworks in which we operate. The world is now an interconnected neural network, where problems are considered shared and where solutions are crowdsourced -- we're no longer living in silos.

Transforming Partnerships To Save Lives

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

What would we do differently tomorrow if we knew that the lives of 16 million women and children were at stake? Because they are. In the three years since the launch of Every Woman, Every Child, 260 entities have committed nearly $60 billion to programs intended to save and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable women and children.

Closing in on the Crux of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

While some sectors are likely to mature beyond the point of subsidy, government is shaping up to be a more active participant in impact investing than ever. This presents opportunities for sure, but also risks.

Sally Osberg: Dare to Imagine

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Sally Osberg

What will the world look like in 50 years? The problems facing our world are so large that they demand disruptive thinking. We don't have time to think in incremental terms. It's time to challenge the status quo, and dare to imagine what we can do.

The Meaning of Disruption and Social Fiction

Carl Pope | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Several of the Skoll Award Social Entrepreneurship Award winners at this year's "Disruption" themed World Forum meet the classic definition crafted by HBS's Clayton Christenson of disruption - serving customers who are ignored by the existing business models.

Skoll World Forum Gets Real On Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

But who will pay? Building these skills is neither easy nor cheap. And investors are certainly not lining up to lose money (despite the tremendous social impacts on offer), let alone to "get real", in West's words, and take significant risks with large sums rather than drip-feeding capital through smaller, short-term investments, and at a distance.

Social Fiction: Muhammad Yunus Asks Social Entrepreneurs to Write the Future

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

What realities can you make come alive for others that highlight a future that could solve some of the problems you see now, or predict are coming? What possibilities can you create with your "social fiction"?

Delivering New Solutions to Global Problems

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Sally Osberg

Socially entrepreneurial organizations are often lean but always high touch. They build networks of trust that inspire and support local leaders, first to transform their local communities and then to build broader social movements.

Skoll World Forum Kicks Off In London With Bold Call For Innovation

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 04.11.2013 | Impact

If the Skoll World Forum introductory video alone foretells anything about the 10th anniversary, this year's gathering should be pretty refreshing. ...

Skoll World Forum 2013: How Government Can Help Social Enterprise

socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact

The social and economic domains have historically been viewed as mutually exclusive. Social organisations operating as businesses? Businesses focusing...

Impact Investing + Policy = Collaboration Needed

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Whether we like it or not, government is an increasingly central player in social and environmental markets. After all, there is a clear public interest in the positive benefits impact investing can bring.

The Inspirationals: Jeff Skoll, Doubling Down on the Things That Work

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

The Edmonton Journal recently called Jeff Skoll "the greatest Canadian you've never heard of." But, in fact, Skoll, beyond being the first president of eBay, has been a pioneer in the world of cutting edge philanthropy. Here is my interview with him.

Social Entrepreneurs "Refreshingly Uncynical" -- But Not at All Delusional

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.20.2012 | Impact
Sally Osberg

David Brooks is concerned that social entrepreneurs have "little faith in the political process." But a number of organizations work with a "healthy political process."

Skoll Lesson Seven: Social Change Is Undeniably Emotional Work

Pat Mitchell | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We all laughed, of course, but we got the message: When important and powerful ideas are presented in ways that come from the heart, with the right intentions to influence and effect positive change, we cannot help but respond emotionally -- no matter our cultural conditioning or place of birth.

The Next Wave of Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Thane Kreiner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

Building relationships, developing others, and exhibiting integrity are perhaps more vital to success given the complex ecosystems in which social entrepreneurs operate.