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Destructive practices like deforestation and pollution that are causing skyrocketing global greenhouse emissions must be dramatically reduced and eliminated. At the same time, we must also work to catalyze more sustainable lives and economies, including the improved management of and access to sustainable shelter, clean water, and clean energy.

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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…
Designing for Resilience in an Era of Water Stress
Anna Zimmermann Jin - Critical River Inc , September 15, 2017
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Revived and Resilient: Locally Managed Marine Areas in Madagascar
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Moving Clean Energy Policy One State at a Time
Zachary Slobig - Skoll Foundation , September 14, 2017
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Anna Zimmermann Jin - Critical River Inc , September 14, 2017
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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
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The Skoll Foundation Approach to Visual Storytelling Needs Your Vote
April 22, 2017
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Highlights from Skoll World Forum 2017
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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…
Survey of Social Entrepreneurship Community Reveals Emerging Trends
Jessica Fleuti - Skoll Foundation , February 1, 2017
Last summer, the Skoll Foundation surveyed our Board, partners, and Awardees about trends and issues influencing the work of social entrepreneurs and other change agents. As a curator of the…
Reflections From Standing Rock
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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…
COP22: Reactions from Social Entrepreneurs
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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,…
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…
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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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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“The Progress We Are Making is Undeniable”: A Conversation With Venture Capitalist Nancy Pfund
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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…
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…
Our Odyssey: What Winning the Skoll Award Has Meant for Blue Ventures
Vik Mohan - Blue Ventures , June 14, 2016
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Investors Must Keep Pressuring Oil Majors on Climate Risk
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An Inconvenient Truth: Letter to the Community
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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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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…
COP21: What Does Climate Deal Mean for Social Entrepreneurs?
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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,…
Revisit Nasheed's Address To The Closing Plenary Skoll World Forum in 2012
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In light of the controversy surrounding former President Mohamed Nasheed's arrest and sentencing to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge…
Sustainable Sourcing: The Business Imperative
Jason Clay - World Wildlife Fund US , Mary Jo Cook - Fair Trade USA , Roger Martin - Martin Prosperity Institute , William Rosenzweig - Physic Ventures , June 11, 2014
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What does a successful country look like? 80 years ago, economist Simon Kuznets introduced GDP to the world, alongside a clear warning against using it to define the wellbeing of people.…