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The Skoll Foundation Commitment to Urgent Climate Action
September 19, 2017
From water resource management and food production, to disease and conflict: climate change exacerbates underlying vulnerabilities. As the severity of these impacts increase over the coming decades, poor communities in…
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Arresting Tropical Deforestation: Complementary Approaches in the Amazon
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 18, 2017
In addition to moving from an economy powered predominantly by fossil fuels to one powered by clean energy, an important piece of the climate change mitigation puzzle is arresting deforestation.…
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Restoring Common Lands to Enhance Rural Resilience and Mitigate Climate Change
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 18, 2017
India’s commons—collectively owned land administered by the government—make up as much as 25 percent of the nation's territory. The government legally owns these lands, but lacks the reach, incentive, and…
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Supply Chain Transparency and Climate Mitigation in China
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 18, 2017
China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, is experiencing massive health costs due to air pollution, with some 1.6 million premature deaths attributed to air pollution annually. China is also…
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Climate Solutions Investment Beyond Core Grantmaking
September 18, 2017
The Skoll Foundation is deeply committed to broad action against climate change, action that exceeds our core grantmaking through the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The innovations and global consensus…
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Designing for Resilience in an Era of Water Stress
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 15, 2017
Erratic rainfall, extreme droughts and floods, and deterioration in water quality brought on by climate change will intensify existing water stress and water allocation challenges. By 2025, absolute water scarcity…
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Revived and Resilient: Locally Managed Marine Areas in Madagascar
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 15, 2017
Oceans provide livelihoods and protein-rich food to more than 3 billion people, cover nearly three quarters of the earth’s surface, and are home to a diverse community of a million…
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Moving Clean Energy Policy One State at a Time
Zachary Slobig - Skoll Foundation , September 14, 2017
More than half the U.S. states have policies that require utilities to power their grid with a certain amount of renewable energy and for that amount to increase over time.…
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Building Resilience With Climate Smart Agriculture
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Skoll Foundation , September 14, 2017
The agriculture sector is highly dependent on consistent climatic conditions to produce food. The roughly 475 million smallholder farmers in developing countries, who rely largely on rain-fed rather than irrigated…
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July 5, 2017
Thirty years ago, as horrific disease like AIDS and tuberculosis ravaged much of the world, three remarkable young people—Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, and Ophelia Dahl—came together in a squatter…
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We Are Still In: States, Cities, and Businesses Renew Clean Energy Commitments in Wake of Paris Withdrawal
Alli Gold Roberts - Ceres , June 8, 2017
With President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it’s become even more clear how critical the leadership of investors and companies are in tackling climate change and pushing for clean…
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Raj Panjabi’s TED Wish and the Power of Storytelling for Social Change
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , June 1, 2017
No condition is permanent. That’s the refrain of tough-minded optimism that Raj Panjabi, founder of Last Mile Health, grew up with in Liberia. It’s the mantra often repeated by his…
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Leadership Development: A Proactive Approach to Succession Planning
Lindsey Waldron - Bridgespan Group , Michael Etzel - Bridgespan Group , May 30, 2017
Leadership transition—particularly founder transition—is top of mind among many social entrepreneurs within the Skoll community. In fact, almost half of Skoll Awardee organizations have already weathered such a milestone. Some…
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What Next in a Global Labor Landscape in Flux?
Kimberly Hogan - Skoll Foundation , May 22, 2017
“I see aspirations converging all over the world and I’m really worried about it because unless we move more quickly in fighting poverty, unless we move more quickly in creating…
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The Case for Creative Coalitions in a Time of Turmoil
Nick Martlew - Crisis Action , May 18, 2017
Imagine a country’s Olympics team getting all mixed up. The swimmers end up in the sprint and the cyclists are handed javelins. There’s a wrestler on a horse and a…
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Michael Franti and Bono Celebrate Our 2017 Skoll Awardees
Invest. Connect. Celebrate. This is the Skoll Foundation’s mission and deep commitment to the field of social entrepreneurship. The Skoll World Forum is one of our greatest opportunities for the 'celebrate'…
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Sally Osberg Reflects on 16 Years of Building the Field of Social Entrepreneurship
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , May 4, 2017
After 16 years at the helm of the Skoll Foundation, Sally Osberg announced plans to step down as President & CEO. She will continue to lead until her successor is…
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Highlights from the Social Progress Imperative 2017 Summit
“What if sociologists had as much influence as economists?” That’s the provocation with which Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s 46-year-old Prime Minister of Iceland, set the tone for recent global summit of…
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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Global Health, from Innovation to Implementation
Ruth Norris - Resources Legacy Fund , April 27, 2017
"Global health is a marathon, not a sprint."  -- Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps The race often starts with great excitement over big breakthroughs: new vaccines and treatments, new technologies…
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The Skoll Foundation Approach to Visual Storytelling Needs Your Vote
April 22, 2017
Invest. Connect. Celebrate. That’s the Skoll Foundation mission in a nutshell, and the ‘celebrate’ part of that triad is where Skoll’s storytelling resources take center stage with the medium of…
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Highlights from Skoll World Forum 2017
April 21, 2017
The annual Skoll World Forum was, as always, an inspiring, energizing, and at times dizzying week of conversations and celebrations in the hallowed halls and cobblestoned streets of Oxford. Stephan Chambers…
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Sally Osberg, CEO of the Skoll Foundation and Leader of the Social Entrepreneurship Field, Intends to Step Down
April 18, 2017
Employee #1 of the Skoll Foundation Unleashed Social Impact Felt in Every Corner of the Globe Palo Alto, CA – After 16 years of dedicated leadership, Sally Osberg announced her…
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Anatomy Of A Tiger: With all Eyes on Myanmar, See How Land Reform Shaped Asia's Tiger Economies
Roy Prosterman - Landesa , April 17, 2017
Asia’s Tigers, the collection of booming economies that emerged in the East following World War II, are often hailed as economic miracles. There was, though, no “secret sauce” behind that sustained…
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Skoll World Forum 2017 Reflection: Civil Society Under Fire
Ruth Norris - Resources Legacy Fund , April 13, 2017
In the past five years, 70 countries have passed restrictive laws controlling civil society organizations, with more than half of them restricting foreign funding. There is a crisis of effectiveness…
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Skoll Awardee Kola Masha of Babban Gona on His One Regret
April 5, 2017
Kola Masha was unable to attend Oxford's New Theatre in person this evening, because he was waiting for the imminent arrival of his second child. Appolo Goma, Babban Gona Executive…
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A 360° VR Experience: 2017 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship
April 4, 2017
These four short films situate you right in the center of the landscape where each of our 2017 Skoll Awardees make lasting impact on the world’s most pressing problems: Nepal…
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10 Signs of an Impending Global Land Rights Revolution
Chris Jochnick - Landesa , April 1, 2017
The development community has experienced various ‘revolutions’ over the years – from microfinance to women’s rights, from the green revolution to sustainable development.  Each of these awakenings has improved our…
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Fear Doesn’t Live Here: Fighting Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
March 30, 2017
By: Fiona Mavhinga, Founder, Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network “I have seen girls suffer,” Mary told me. “And I knew I had to speak for them.” Mary was born poor and grew…
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The Inner Path to Become a Systems Entrepreneur
March 27, 2017
By: Katherine Milligan and Nicole Schwab As the world grapples with increasingly complex and seemingly intractable challenges, a new answer is gaining momentum: systems change. But what is systems change?…
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Meet the 2017 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship
March 27, 2017
PALO ALTO, CA, MARCH 27, 2017 —Kicking off next week’s 14th Annual Skoll World Forum, the Skoll Foundation announced the four recipients of the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.…
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Seeding Serendipity at the Skoll World Forum
Skoll World Forum delegates often talk about the “magic” that happens in Oxford; an ineffable quality turns a gathering of some thousand people into an experience of unquantifiable value. We’ve…
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How We'll Get Universal Access to Safe Water in Latin America
Mark Duey - Water For People , March 22, 2017
Universal access to safe water in Latin America? How is this possible to achieve in a region where some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world have signs…
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Introducing Our 2017 Skoll World Forum Emerging Leaders
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , March 9, 2017
In 2014, Isaac Jonas had left his small village in Zimbabwe to study for a master’s degree in food and resource economics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The…
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How to Measure Impact of Women Social Entrepreneurship and Amplify What Works
Several years ago I embarked on a learning journey to better understand why Skoll was experiencing what we refer to as the “mezzanine melt” in finding female social entrepreneurs poised…
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Why I March - A Personal Message from Sally Osberg
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , January 20, 2017
Friends, Over my lifetime, the course of human events here in the US has always found its way forward. While far from perfect, our union has been characterized by its…
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Pat Mitchell Joins Skoll Fund Board
January 6, 2017
The Skoll Foundation is delighted to announce that Pat Mitchell has joined the Board of the Skoll Fund. “Over the years, Pat has been a deeply valued advisor to the…
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Citibanamex: Inclusive By Design
Ernesto Torres Cantu - Citibanamex , Robert Annibale - Citigroup, Inc. , December 20, 2016
  Kim Hogan, Skoll Foundation Citigroup makes strides towards systems change in the financial inclusion space by investing $1 billion in Citibanamex as the government of Mexico launches its National…
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Reflections From Standing Rock
Gabriel Diamond - Skoll Foundation , December 8, 2016
At the Skoll Foundation much of the work we support—and the stories we seek to tell—has to do with organizations and movements seeking to protect the environment and indigenous land…
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Bill Drayton and Sally Osberg on Growth and Transformation of Social Entrepreneurship
Bill Drayton - Ashoka , Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , November 30, 2016
What are social entrepreneurs? What are the unique ways in which they work to achieve lasting solutions to the enormous problems facing humankind? What makes social entrepreneurship different from other…
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#StandWithMe: Empathy Builds Gender-Inclusive Safe Spaces
Sonali Khan - Breakthrough , November 24, 2016
I was moderating an open discussion at a program on “safety in public transport” in a college in the state of Haryana, India. The students had heard about how girls…
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COP22: Reactions from Social Entrepreneurs
November 23, 2016
Last year in Paris, nations forged a historic agreement on halting climate change. The Paris Agreement called for zero net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of this century,…
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COP22 Climate Negotiations Deliver Optimism and Resolve on Low-Carbon Transition
Mindy Lubber - Ceres , November 23, 2016
Despite the long shadow from the US election, the COP22 climate negotiations in Morocco, which wrapped on November 18, were a remarkable feat of global optimism, resolve and concrete action…
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Africa’s Economic Promise
Peyton Fleming - Ceres , November 21, 2016
The Africa that I visited recently was very different from what I had read about in U.S. newspapers. Instead of terrorist attacks and marauding gangs, I saw economic vitality, world-leading…
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Why R&D Matters for Social Entrepreneurs
Charlotte Sagan - Individual , November 21, 2016
Most entrepreneurs can agree that research and development (R&D) are key to innovation. Take the mobile phone, which weighed 2.4 pounds when invented in 1973. Today, the iPhone clocks in…
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Businesses Send a Clean Energy Message to President-elect Trump
Richard Fahey - Skoll Foundation , November 18, 2016
  Richard Fahey, Skoll Foundation It took only a few days for more than 365 of America’s largest companies and leading brands to assert that the transition to clean energy…
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Social Entrepreneurs Putting Data at the Heart of Systems Change
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , November 7, 2016
An emerging theme among Skoll Foundation Awardees is the strategic use of data to inform and influence decision-making by governments, corporations, consumers, and communities. While all organizations use data on…
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Toilets, Taps, and Triumph for Women
Eleanor Allen - Water For People , October 20, 2016
I met Maria when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She was three years old—smiley, pudgy, and fun. I lived with her grandparents. We spent a…
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Want to Help the Poor? Why There’s Not Always an App for That
Benjamin Geyerhahn - BeneStream , October 14, 2016
Silicon Valley is a hub of innovation, but it also lives in a bit of a bubble. Many startups’ design decisions are based on assumptions that simply don’t apply or…
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Colombia: Referendum Result Presents Opportunity for Dialogue
Catalina Cock Duque - Fundacion Mi Sangre , October 14, 2016
After more than four years of negotiations, the referendum to ratify the final peace agreement that would end the armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas was held on October 2, 2016. It…
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UNDP is Walking the Talk Towards Greener Healthcare Procurement
Rosemary Kumwenda - United Nations Development Programme , October 10, 2016
Public health is the core of medicine. It entails that we, as health care professionals, need to ensure public goods are delivered in a safe and sustainable way. Public procurement…
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Investment Needed to Fix Global Mental Health Crisis
Natasha Abraham - BasicNeeds , October 10, 2016
A major traumatic experience changed Muhammad’s life and he grew increasingly bitter, angry, and paranoid. Things escalated to the point where his family life began to suffer. Muhammad had been…
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“One of the Most Extraordinary Things That Has Ever Happened in Diplomacy”: Independent Diplomat’s Carne Ross on the Paris Climate Negotiations
  Social entrepreneurs work in proximity to entrenched social challenges, come to know these challenges deeply, and work wholeheartedly to bring about a new status quo. Few challenges are as…
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Introducing the Task Force for Global Health at Hilton Humanitarian Symposium
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , September 30, 2016
At the Hilton Humanitarian Symposium in New York on September 30, 2016, Skoll Foundation President & CEO Sally Osberg had the honor of introducing David Ross, President & CEO of…
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Social Entrepreneurs Build Coalitions to Win Fight Against Poverty
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , September 27, 2016
In a 2015 article, New York Times writer Eduardo Porter, noting that one in 20 Americans fall below the poverty line, deftly summarized the poverty research of Harvard sociologist Matthew…
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Universal Access to Sanitation: How Do We Get There?
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , August 31, 2016
In honor of World Water Week: a look at water and sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This article was originally posted in September, 2015. The world achieved the…
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Bryan Stevenson’s Blueprint for Racial Justice Inspires Aspen Changemakers
Sarah Zak Borgman - Skoll Foundation , August 31, 2016
In July I attended the Aspen Institute’s Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado, along with a number of Skoll Awardees. The Skoll Foundation sponsors this annual four-day event, where…
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Advancing Women Social Entrepreneurs: Strengths and Challenges
Brittany Boettcher - Skoll Foundation , August 25, 2016
As Skoll Foundation CEO and President Sally Osberg says, “social entrepreneurs are cracking the code of some of the world’s most pressing problems.” The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are…
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One More Look at Rio: The Necessity and Complexity of Systems Change
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , August 24, 2016
Over the course of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we’ve delved into some of the challenges facing Brazil. We began with the Social Progress Index’s (SPI) assessment of Brazil’s performance…
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“The Progress We Are Making is Undeniable”: A Conversation With Venture Capitalist Nancy Pfund
Peyton Fleming - Ceres , August 23, 2016
Ceres’ Clean Trillion campaign aims to increase clean energy investments globally by $1 trillion a year, in order to minimize the damaging impact of climate change. Part of that campaign…
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We Mourn the Passing of a Dear Friend, Colleague, and Community Leader Who Changed the Way Silicon Valley Thinks About Giving
August 22, 2016
PALO ALTO, August 22, 2016—The Skoll Foundation community is heartbroken to have lost our brilliant colleague and founding member of our Board of Directors, Peter Hero, to cancer yesterday. Peter…
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The Growth of the WE Movement: From Our Living Room to Yours on August 28th
Craig Kielburger - WE , August 20, 2016
When a group of twelve twelve-year-olds gathered in my parents’ living room 20 years ago to draft a petition to end child labor, we felt strong together, but alone in…
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“Visibility is the First Stepping Stone For All Our Other Rights”: How WITNESS is Using Video to Fight Abuses in Rio
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , August 17, 2016
Social entrepreneurs aim at the root causes of social problems. For WITNESS, one of the main reasons human rights abuses persist is a lack of visibility. WITNESS empowers citizens to…
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We Honor Pamela Hartigan
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , August 15, 2016
My dear colleagues, friends, and fellow travelers, I write to let you know that we lost our beloved Pamela Hartigan on August 12th, valiant to the end, but as she…
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“During The Olympics, There is Great Joy Among Us”: An Interview with Rio Social Entrepreneurs
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , August 15, 2016
At the Skoll Foundation, we have seen time and again the importance of the deep connection and inspiration social entrepreneurs get from working with and staying close to people and…
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No Small Feat: How a Social Entrepreneur Helped Defeat One of the World’s Worst Diseases
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , August 11, 2016
This week The Task Force for Global Health was awarded the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Hilton Humanitarian Prize, an inspired choice for this wonderful award. Since its inception in…
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As Rio Olympics Kick Off, SPI Data Shows Uneven Social Progress in Brazil
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , August 5, 2016
The opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both the city and the country have been mired in controversies in the lead-up…
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South Asia: Skoll Awardees Drive Change in Health and Gender Equality
Last month I traveled to Nepal and India to meet with Skoll Awardees and partners and learn about their progress in deploying mobile health solutions, fighting gender bias, and expanding…
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Disease Surveillance App Wins Converts in Thailand
Erin Harrington - Skoll Foundation , July 29, 2016
Recently I joined the pandemics team from the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to spend a week learning about disease surveillance and how it’s used to detect…
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Communications as Critical Change Agent
Suzana Grego - Skoll Foundation , July 27, 2016
During the July 2016 AWNY Stages Summit in Chicago, the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement & Communications Suzana Grego delivered a speech about her experiences working in human rights…
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New Hope That Water Can Be a Bridge to Mideast Peace
Gidon Bromberg - EcoPeace Middle East , Hilik Bar - Israeli Knesset , July 21, 2016
Israelis and Palestinians often play the blame game on the crucial issue of water. Palestinians scream “water apartheid” and Israelis respond with accusations of a “sewage intifada.” But recently there…
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"Social" Takes Center Stage at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Suzana Grego - Skoll Foundation , June 30, 2016
As President Obama said in his address to hundreds of Global Entrepreneurship Summit attendees at Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium last week: “Entrepreneurship is the engine for growth….You [entrepreneurs] are the bridge,…
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Tackling the Access Gap: Nonprofessional Workforces Expand the Reach of Basic Services  
Joony Moon - Skoll Foundation , June 30, 2016
Comparing the recently-launched 2016 Social Progress Index to prior years, we can see what many already know—social progress takes time. As developing countries struggle to provide equitable access to important…
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SPI and Social Entrepreneurs Provide Practical Knowledge For Tackling Global Problems
Ehren Reed - Skoll Foundation , June 30, 2016
The Skoll Foundation is a partner and passionate supporter of the Social Progress Imperative because their work advances our knowledge of how the world is currently faring, based on comprehensive…
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Health Sector Revolution: Changing What Counts as Healthcare
Rebecca Onie - Health Leads , June 28, 2016
Today, the US healthcare sector is no longer debating the connection between patients’ unmet social needs—like shelter, heat, employment, and food—and poor health. It’s widely recognized that just 10 percent…
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Promising Innovations for Tackling the Refugee Crisis
Hannah Darnton - Skoll Foundation , June 20, 2016
The world’s eyes are fixed on one of the most pressing social crises of our time—the refugee crisis unfolding across Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Driven…
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Technology’s Role in Driving Social Progress Continues to Grow
Kimberly Hogan - Skoll Foundation , June 17, 2016
This is part of a series of articles about the 2016 Skoll World Forum, which took place April 13-15 in Oxford, England. Even though the social sector is one of…
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Our Odyssey: What Winning the Skoll Award Has Meant for Blue Ventures
Vik Mohan - Blue Ventures , June 14, 2016
In 2015 Blue Ventures won the highest award in our sector, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. A year later, has anything changed? Can winning a major award really be…
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Saving Lives Sustainably
Rosemary Kumwenda - United Nations Development Programme , June 10, 2016
Standard medical ethics dictate “primum non nocere” (first do no harm). The health sector provides an indispensable service to the public, playing an essential role in human development as the…
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Ending Child Labor: The Dirty Business of Cleaning Up Supply Chains
Nina Smith - GoodWeave , June 10, 2016
Made by Children. Instead of Made in China or Made in India, what if this was the label inside the neatly stacked sweaters on a department store shelf? For most…
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Investors Must Keep Pressuring Oil Majors on Climate Risk
Mindy Lubber - Ceres , June 6, 2016
Annual general meetings at the world's largest fossil fuel companies are usually a time for reflecting on strategies to increase revenues for the coming year, global energy outlooks, and governance.…
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Fix Mideast Water Crisis to Advance Peace Process
Despite continuing disputes over settlements, Jerusalem, borders, and refugees, there is at least one problem on which Arabs and Israelis can still make progress—water. Much hard work lies ahead. The…
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NGOs Should Offer Business Support to Grow Impact Investment in Frontier Markets
Henning Ringholz - GOAL , Agustin Belloso - Cambridge Judge Business School , Mark Wallace - Cambridge Judge Business School , May 26, 2016
Lack of access to finance and business development services are key obstacles to growth for social enterprises operating in frontier markets. While there has been a rise in investment in…
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An Inconvenient Truth: Letter to the Community
Rachel Kraus - TakePart , May 21, 2016
When Participant Media and Skoll Foundation founder and chairman Jeff Skoll, Vice President Al Gore, and Davis Guggenheim premiered An Inconvenient Truth on May 24, 2006, the effect was immediate…
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Disrupting the Wealth Inequality Paradigm
Cindy Chen - Individual , May 12, 2016
This is part of a series of articles about the 2016 Skoll World Forum, which took place April 13-15 in Oxford, England. In recent years, wealth inequality has been passionately…
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Conscious Social Change: Investing in Mindfulness for Fierce Compassion and Social Impact
Gretchen Steidle - Global Grassroots , May 9, 2016
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” –Rumi Those of us working towards a more just society…
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Join the Virtual Reality Revolution: How To Make Your Own VR Film
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , April 26, 2016
With sales of virtual reality (VR) gear set to take off this year, we are on the cusp of a new media revolution. The New York Times shipped more than…
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Meet the Social Entrepreneurs Defining the Future of Healthcare
Ellen Goodman - Ashoka UK , Meera Patel - Ashoka , April 25, 2016
There is a global crisis in healthcare; the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one billion people lack access to basic care, and a further 100 million are pushed into…
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Skoll, Ford, and BRITDOC Launch Flex Fund to Expand Impact of Storytelling
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , April 14, 2016
Every social entrepreneur dreams of telling the perfect story, the one that inspires not just people who see the potential of their vision, but also those so deeply entrenched in…
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Getting Global Social Entrepreneurs to the Next Level
Min Pease - Echoing Green , April 13, 2016
Echoing Green provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs. Over the last few years we’ve seen a significant increase in innovative enterprises making social change through for-profit…
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Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions
Adam Lent - Ashoka , April 13, 2016
Fadwa, Mahmoud, and Yasser have three things in common. They all live in Istanbul, but not by choice. They are there because their lives in Syria became too dangerous or…
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Seizing the Future: Why Empowering Young People Will Build a Better World
Ellen Goodman - Ashoka UK , Rob Wilson - Ashoka , April 13, 2016
The world is changing, and it’s changing fast—much faster than our education system has so far been able to keep up. In his TED talk titled “Do schools kill creativity?”…
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Wellbeing Project Reveals Changemakers' Need for Personal Support
Aaron Pereira - Wellbeing Project , April 12, 2016
In 2008 I was talking to social entrepreneur Vera Cordeiro of Saúde Criança—a Skoll Awardee and, like me, an Ashoka Fellow. I was in the midst of a sabbatical, and…
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Announcing the 2016 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship
April 11, 2016
OXFORD, April 11, 2016—Kicking off this week’s 13th Annual Skoll World Forum, we are pleased to announce the six recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll…
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Land Rights: Intangible Assets Bring Tangible Benefits
Tim Hanstad - Landesa , March 17, 2016
When we think about global development, we generally picture tangible improvements like bridges, hospitals, and schools. When it comes to agriculture, people think of improved seeds, fertilizer, and irrigation. But…
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Virtual Reality Offers Social Entrepreneurs the Power of Being There
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , March 17, 2016
As human beings, our brains are wired for stories. It’s how we expand our knowledge, and experience going places we’ve never gone, doing something perhaps we’d never even thought to…
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Gore and Figueres Talk Urgency and Optimism at Skoll-hosted TED Climate Breakfast
Bruce Lowry - Skoll Global Threats Fund , March 17, 2016
The Jeff Skoll Group had the honor of hosting a breakfast event at the recent TED2016 conference in Vancouver, featuring two leaders in the fight against climate change—Christiana Figueres, the…
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Ceres Translates Climate Ambitions Into Reality  
February 24, 2016
The climate deal agreed on by 196 countries at COP21 in Paris this past December is extraordinary in its ambitions—a 1.5° C limit on warming, and net zero emissions in…
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Unleashing Young People’s Potential to Build a Culture of Peace
Catalina Cock Duque - Fundacion Mi Sangre , February 22, 2016
Catalina Cock Duque is the director of the Mi Sangre Foundation, founded in 2006 by Juanes, the Grammy Award-winning Colombian musician and social activist. Juanes will perform at the 2016…
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Field Visit: Camfed Succeeds Through Community Solidarity
Cindy Chen - Individual , February 13, 2016
Raymond Guthrie and I are in Zimbabwe visiting Camfed, one of our early Skoll Award winners (class of 2005), to learn more about their work within rural communities to support…
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Virtual Reality, Real Empathy
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , February 9, 2016
The Sundance Film Festival this year celebrated 10 years of its New Frontier program, which highlights the intersection of technology and storytelling. One such feature was a virtual reality experience…
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Blended Finance in a Nutshell
Laura Mecagni - International Finance Corporation , February 5, 2016
Also read the Skoll perspective from principal Eric Cooperström. Worldwide, roughly 450 million smallholder farmers scrape out a living by working two hectares of land or less. Figuring out how…
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COP21: What Does Climate Deal Mean for Social Entrepreneurs?
Skoll Foundation - , December 14, 2015
The two-week UN Climate Change Conference wrapped up last weekend in Paris. COP21 was the latest international meeting to follow the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the…
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Five Ways to Build Better Online Communities
Robin Toal - APOPO HeroRats , November 27, 2015
Building an online community is a priority for most non-profit organizations. Active and engaged online communities create a wealth of opportunities: to attract volunteers, increase fundraising revenue, expand reach, or…
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The Giving Tower Holiday Challenge, designed by CrowdRise, starts Nov. 24
November 25, 2015
Twenty-one recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship will be participating in the Challenge and will have the opportunity to win $250,000 in prizes from the Skoll Foundation, in…
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Disastrous Effects of Gold Mining in the Amazon
Eric Cooperström - NatureVest , November 17, 2015
Skoll Awardee Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) just launched a new website called Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname. The site offers a rich, interactive user experience that tells the story…
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We Honor the Memory of Soraya Salti
November 11, 2015
The Skoll Foundation mourns the loss of Soraya Salti, founder of INJAZ al-Arab. Last week, Soraya and her sister, Jumana, both died tragically and unexpectedly. Soraya was an outstanding leader and…
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Deforestation in the Amazon: Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees
Eric Cooperström - NatureVest , October 9, 2015
Global forest loss is a complicated and multi-dimensional problem, and the signals of progress (or regression) can be confusing. On the one hand, a recent study by Global Forest Watch…
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The Lynchpin to Women and Girls’ Well-Being
October 9, 2015
Women and girls make up two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults and more than two-thirds of the 130 million school-age children not enrolled in school. By missing out…
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Malala Yousafzai: “Education Is Mightier than Guns”
September 30, 2015
Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. From the age of 10, she has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education. At 15,…
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Sanitation for all: The Other Side of the Global Health Coin
September 30, 2015
The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010—ahead of schedule. But progress towards sanitation…
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5 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Make Their Content Go Viral—from an editor at Upworthy
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , August 17, 2015
Adam Mordecai is editor-at-large at Upworthy. When he’s not trying to get millions of page views (300 million to date) on issues like racial justice, climate change and economic inequality,…
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Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their brands
Anne Miltenburg - The Brandling , August 12, 2015
As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in…
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Prioritize, Capitalize, Right Size and More: 5 Insights from the Skoll Foundation on Monitoring and Evaluation
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , July 28, 2015
Ehren Reed, the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Evaluation, was recently asked what matters when he is looking at the measurements social entrepreneurial organizations use. “Organizations have the power to achieve…
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What 5 Experts Think of the Millennium Development Goals
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , July 12, 2015
The United Nations just released its 2015 Millennium Development Goals report, so we thought it was a good time to share the thoughts of five experts who joined the United Nations’ Tomas…
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Doing the Unexpected: How One Social Entrepreneur Changed Paths
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , June 30, 2015
Jenny Bowen thought her work was almost done. After 17 years of running OneSky (formerly known as Half the Sky), she had helped transform China’s child welfare institutions, and she could “see…
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Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother
Jack Sim - World Toilet Organization , June 29, 2015
I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as…
Blue Ventures Study Shows Marine Management Pays
Alison Gilbert - Skoll Foundation , June 17, 2015
Velvetine, a local fisher from a village on the coast of Madagascar, reports: “Before we started doing octopus closures, we were only catching two or three octopus in a day,…
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New Educate Girls Case Study Documents Use of Measurement, Scale
Skoll Foundation - , June 8, 2015
Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation in India, wrote a case study on Educate Girls affirming of the importance of investing in measurement. Here’s more from Dasra’s Divya Pamnani and Arjav Chakravarti: “Dasra worked closely with…
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5 Lessons of Hope from a Social Entrepreneur Who was Jailed
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , May 21, 2015
Cecilia Flores-Oebanda and some of her children were jailed for four years for fighting against the Marcos regime of the Philippines. (Former President Ferdinand Marcos was removed from power in 1986). Her…
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The Outsourcing Sector’s Shift to Impact Sourcing as the New Norm
Alison Gilbert - Skoll Foundation , May 18, 2015
In a recent Huffington Post blog Skoll Awardee Jeremy Hockenstein—co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD)—posits, “Nowadays, almost every major company and institution outsources business processes offshore. Imagine the…
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One Social Entrepreneur Shares How He Gets Media Coverage
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , May 11, 2015
Jim Fruchterman founded Benetech in 2000. Since then, his organization has been featured in numerous publications, such as Barron’s, The New York Times, and public radio station KQED. At the…
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Sally Osberg, Roger Martin on Stamina and Tough-Minded Optimism
Skoll World Forum - , May 4, 2015
At the Skoll World Forum last month, Jeff Kehoe of the Harvard Business Review Press led a conversation about how social entrepreneurs are transforming society’s unjust equilibria. Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg and strategy…
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16 Speakers Give Sneak Peeks to the Skoll World Forum
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , April 5, 2015
The Skoll World Forum is coming up very soon (in fact, most of the Skoll Foundation staff is heading to Oxford this week!) so here are some highlights from 16 new…
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New Perspectives at the Global Innovation Summit
Sarah Zak Borgman - Skoll Foundation , March 12, 2015
The Global Innovation Summit – one of a seemingly endless number of meetings in the Bay Area with the name “innovation” in the title – might well serve its namesake. …
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Spreading the Social Progress Index Across the World
Paula Kravitz - Individual , February 25, 2015
I just wrapped up a 1.5 day training seminar at MIT in Boston with individuals from around the world who are adopting, adapting and running social progress networks in their cities, countries…
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Experiencing the Global Innovation Summit—with “Scorecards”
Sarah Zak Borgman - Skoll Foundation , February 24, 2015
The Global Innovation Summit – one of a seemingly endless number of meetings in the Bay Area with the name “innovation” in the title —  might well serve its namesake. …
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Audience Engagement: Beyond the 'Like' Button
In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up…
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Supercharged Stories of Change: A Sundance Summary
Skoll Foundation - , January 30, 2015
Sundance, so glitzy on top, is constantly and astonishingly substantive underneath. The best films are often documentaries and the best conversations, at least last week, were about social entrepreneurship not…
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“Social” Shines at Sundance
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , January 26, 2015
Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The…
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Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change film Open Heart nominated for an Oscar
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , January 11, 2015
It’s official – the Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change short film OPEN HEART has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short category. Here’s a synopsis: Open…
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Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change
Suzana Grego - Skoll Foundation , December 20, 2014
On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise…
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For-Profit or Non-Profit? How Hybrid Tension Yields Success
Kirsten Bunch - Independent , November 30, 2014
Years of hard work building a thriving social enterprise are starting to pay off for VisionSpring. This year, we expect to generate an estimated $1.6 million in earned income from the…
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Skoll Awardee Visit: Cecilia Flores-Oebanda
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , October 13, 2014
Every so often, we have the pleasure of a visit from a Skoll Awardee. One of our most recent was Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, founding president and executive director of the Visayan…
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SPI Promises Big Benefits in Fight Against Poverty
Martin Burt - Fundacion Paraguaya , September 2, 2014
Last year, the government of Paraguay adopted a new way of measuring the state of the nation, called the Social Progress Index (SPI). Both government and business leaders were concerned…
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“Revolutionary Optimists” Nominated for an Emmy
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , July 16, 2014
“The Revolutionary Optimists,” a film which was part of the Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change, was nominated for a 2014 Emmy in the category “Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting, Long Form.”…
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Blogs from the Skoll World Forum
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , April 29, 2014
We recently shared some top media coverage from the 2014 Skoll World Forum—here are some highlights from major blogs. Kimberly Sedmak, executive producer of Jane Pauley’s AARP show, focused on…
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Reflections from Sundance: The Power of Data versus Story
Tim Hanstad - Landesa , January 30, 2014
I’ll Tell You a Story A week spent at the Sundance Film Festival usually includes photo opportunities in your best mountain chic, mingling with celebrities, and getting a sneak peak…
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Beyond The Screens at Sundance: Filmmakers and Social Entrepreneurs Explore the Power of Story
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , January 28, 2014
The Sundance Film Festival is best known as the land of filmmakers and celebrities, mountain chic clothing and glamorous parties. But over the last few years, there’s been a new…
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Jeff Skoll in Forbes: “On The Power Of A Good Story”
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , November 13, 2013
Our founder, Jeff Skoll, just wrote an essay on Forbes reporter Kerry Dolan’s page about the power of a good story. An excerpt: “When I was a kid, I read…
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10 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: How to Talk to a Problem Employee
Judy Parkman - Skoll Foundation , October 7, 2013
In my time as a human resources director at the Skoll Foundation, I have talked many social entrepreneurs and one question that seems to come up often is: How do…
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David Rothschild’s Trip to Brazil: Seeing Deforestation Solutions Firsthand
David Rothschild - Fossil Foundation , June 12, 2013
I just returned from Brazil, where I visited partners in the Amazon states of Para and Mato Grosso.  Before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me reflect on the big…
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Skoll Foundation Goes to the Oscars
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , March 6, 2013
I just returned from the Oscars, where a film we funded, “Open Heart,” was up for an Academy Award. The film did not win, but the impact has already been…
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Staff field report on visit to World Health Partners, new winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
David Rothschild - Fossil Foundation , January 7, 2013
Our team bounced along the dirt road in Samistipur district in rural Bihar, India, who knows how far from the nearest paved road, until we finally arrived at the beautiful and peaceful…
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Powerwashing: Kristin Gilliss’ Trip to Ghana with Camfed
Kristin Gilliss - Mulago Foundation , November 13, 2012
I spent last week in Ghana with Camfed, learning more about the return on investment to girls’ education and young women’s economic empowerment. On a hot afternoon near Tamale, as…
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What is Empowerment? Our Principal’s Visit to Fair Trade USA in Colombia
Skoll Foundation - , August 1, 2012
We often hear the term empowerment, but wonder what it really actually means. When I recently visited Skoll Awardee Fair Trade USA in northern Colombia, I saw it firsthand. Landless…
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Twitter Tips for Nonprofits by Our Very Own Phil Collis
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , May 21, 2012
At a 2012 Giving Pledge learning series event called “Connecting for Good: How Social Media is Driving Social Good,” our very own senior manager of digital technology Phil Collis (third from…
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Sally Osberg’s Thoughts After The Elders Meeting in Oslo
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation , May 15, 2012
The idea was appealing from the start:  convene a group of older but far from doddering global leaders, women and men justly renowned for their integrity and achievement, and ask…
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A Surprise Video by Some Awardees: We Love It!
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , April 23, 2012
Reflections from Skoll 2011 Alumni from Water For People on Vimeo.  Surprises are always fun. Unbeknownst to us, last year’s Skoll Awardees created a “reflections” video for us at the…
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A Visit to the Middle East
Jeff Skoll - Jeff Skoll Group , August 24, 2009
I am honored to be a part of The Elders delegation visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories from Aug 24-28.  We are meeting with a number of civil society and business leaders, as…
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Sally Osberg Writes on the White House Social Innovation Event
Bruce Lowry - Skoll Global Threats Fund , July 1, 2009
Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg writes from Washington after attending the social innovation event yesterday at the White House: Pretty great day—for social entrepreneurship, community-based solutions, what works! A great…