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On 12 December 2015 - 8:14pm

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

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On 20 April 2015 - 5:05pm

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If you focus on the transaction you miss the greater whole. It’s only going after a piece, instead of working on something more infinite.

-Anita Casalina, Founder of Billions Rising

It seems that in business, we want to close the deal.

Seal the partnership.

Make it happen, get it done, check it off of our list. We drive towards its result.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 20 April 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 6:34pm

“I am former president of Ireland and UN special envoy of climate and human rights, but I am also a mother and a grandmother,” were the opening words of Mary Robinson.

“The pillar of non-state actors is fundamental for a success in Paris, and the Climate Action Day in Lima has made the road to Paris wider, because of the participation of civil society, global business and local governments.”

Fundación Avina and the Skoll Foundation entered the sixth and final year of their alliance in the Pan-Amazon region, and convened a diverse group at the Skoll World Forum to discuss how the Skoll community and other actors can engage in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP 21), and beyond.

Tomas Christensen, from the UN Secretary General’s office, is closely involved with the UN Climate Summit in New ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 6:03pm

THE GREAT PARADIGM SHIFT
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

By Patrick Beattie

At first glance, today’s talk might have seemed better suited for the Oxford Union, Oxford’s famed debate hall. Indeed, it seemed like a debate of public good versus business savvy.

On one side of the panel sat Paul Farmer, a tireless global healthcare practitioner known for refusing to entertain hand-wringing discussions of cost-benefit, and Diana Good, head of the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact. On the other side sat Eduarda la Rocque, former Secretary of Finance for the city of Rio de Janeiro, and Michael Porter, the father of 1980’s cut-throat ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 5:36pm

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: BUILDING IN PLAN B
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00

The film Virunga was the talk of storytellers around the Forum; this session featured its director, Orlando von Einsiedel. Virunga was produced in collaboration with Skoll Awardee Global Witness, whose report “Drillers in the Mist” was a key source for the filmmakers.

Virunga is about Africa’s first national park, in eastern Democratic Republic of ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 5:09pm

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30

Bunker Roy, Founder and Director of Barefoot College, brought a sobering and important message to this Skoll World Forum session on global development.

Before he spoke, we heard from three sides the of impact metric discussion; the UN and their Millennium Development Goals, the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, and the Social Progress Imperative, ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 4:43pm

SKOLL AWARDS FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: AWARDS CEREMONY
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 17:30 – 19:00

There is no better way to open an Awards Ceremony than with the Soweto Gospel Choir dancing down the aisles. So began the 2015 Skoll Awards Ceremony.

Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg led the community on a journey, back 800 years, to the Magna Carta. This charter for personal liberties “stoked the early embers of freedom,” and the blaze caught around the world.

As Osberg said, “Then, as now, the driving force for change was the quintessentially human drive to set things right.” We ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 4:24pm

SUPPLIER CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: MOVING FROM ENFORCERS TO PARTNERS
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30

You’ve heard it a million times before – “we’re all connected”. Some of us smile. Some of us swoon. Some of us roll our eyes.

However you react, one literal interpretation is certain:  Our world is connected at every turn by global supply chains.

Giant corporations, small businesses, governments and consumers are all connected to a complex system of social and environmental issues. We are connected through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the electronics we use ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 19 April 2015 - 4:04pm

BRINGING IN BIG MONEY: INNOVATIVE FINANCING MEETS INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

Peter Tufano, the Dean of Said Business School, kicked off this rich panel discussion by giving the audience a sense of the scale of global investment. There is about $13-15 billion in impact investing, compared to annual US government spending of $4 trillion.

Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), responded that we don’t need impact investing to be a large percentage of the entire global financial market; we just need the right money in the right channels. ...more