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LIVE from the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Building off the advance series collection of articles written by delegates and speakers of this year's Skoll World Forum, this section will feature live blogs and pieces from the event in Oxford. We will be covering a wide variety of sessions, panels and discussions on-site. View the live-stream on the homepage, and watch here for real-time articles all week!

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Each year at the Skoll World Forum, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.

Learn more about the 2014 Skoll World Forum, sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the live stream, view the 2014 delegate roster and discover what themes and ideas we'll be covering this year at the event. Also, read about the seven recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

 
 

Recap: The ambitious power of AND

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides

 

Recap: Leading with Authenticity

Sonal Bains

Co-Founder/Partner, Lux Digital

 

Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

Is the Traditional Role of the Teacher Outdated?

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Recap: Building Movement Through Digital Storytelling

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 
 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Measuring Impact by Cost-per-Outcome

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 

Is developing the gift economy the key to transformative scale?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

Catherine Brown

CEO, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Corporate Intrapreneurs

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

We Are All Malala

Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

 
 

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

Jason Saul

Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

Nolan Gasser

Architect of Music Genome Project, Chief Musicologist Emeritus, Pandora

Are Intrapreneurs the New Rock-Stars?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

Recap: Big Business, Bigger Impact: The Pursuit, Peril, and Power of Partnership

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 

My Modest Proposal...Why Not?

Jenny Bowen

Founder and CEO, Half the Sky Foundation

 

Closing the Gap: Tackling Global Health Challenges

Closing the Gap: Tackling Global Health Challenges

Andrea Coleman

CEO and Co-Founder, Riders for Health

April 18, 2014 | 1125 views

 

‘Closing the gap: tackling global health challenges’ was the final session I attended for the 2014 Skoll World Forum. It showed that important discussions happen here right up  to the last moment. The session, led by Peggy Clark of the Aspen Institute, looked at why the critical issues of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health continue to be neglected, despite their importance and growing threat to populations.

Each year I am amazed by the inspirational people I meet here at the Skoll Forum. Social entrepreneurs who are taking on neglected problems or who create new solutions where old approaches have failed.  I was given hope at the session by the fact that BasicNeeds, the National Institute of Mental Health and Partners In Health are bringing these greatly neglected issues to the world’s attention.

It is clear that people living in emerging economies are not currently being served when it comes to NCDs and mental health and countries will neglect them at their peril.

The discussion included approaches to treatment and prevention but one of the most important areas of agreement was that NCDs and mental health cannot become yet another health care silo. All issues need to be integrated with the health system of the nation.

And this increasing focus on looking at health in its broadest sense is one of the most important advances I have seen this week. In recent months Skoll Social Entrepreneurs working in the area of health have formed a group that has as its starting point the belief that health will only be improved when we look at better health, not just health care.

Improvements in health, whether they are NCDs and mental health like maternal and child health and other vital issues will only be improved when we look more broadly at economic status, water and sanitation, isolation and access to health systems.

Our group only flourished because of the space that the Skoll Foundation has given us. As social entrepreneurs we have models that influence the ways that health is seen and delivered. We are showing how money can be managed, and how ministries of health can be supported. We are demonstrating to governments, corporations and big institutions that social enterprise can slot effectively between the public and private sectors.

It means sessions like this one, where we address issues that we know will become huge problems, are not only attended by people from the health sector. The room was full of people who know that there is more to health than just health care, and that good health benefits every area of society.

The forum may be over for another year but thanks to Skoll the work we have started here will carry on long after we have left Oxford. Each year we talk about some of the most threatening problems, but it is the amazing people who come here each year who fill me with hope that we will make a lasting change.

 
  • http://www.prometheonpharma.com Stephen Hsu, MD, PhD

    Arguably, the most important NCDs of this millennium are obesity and its associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and mental illness. These pandemics are symptoms of modernity itself. Large new populations are emerging in developing countries and low resource settings in every country, as they take on increasingly western lifestyles and adopt western diets, transition to sedentary desk jobs in front of computer screens, and have little or no time for regular moderate exercise assuming that gyms are available or that large urban neighborhoods have safe streets or outdoor parks in which to walk, run or bike. The mounting complexities of modern life have become stressors that trigger the expression of mental illness in genetically predisposed individuals, who would not otherwise even experience onset of major depression, anxiety disorder or other psychiatric conditions. How can social impact entrepreneurship models address these and other urgent and unmet global health care challenges, while advancing health equity? How do we translate medical discoveries into diagnostics, prognostics, therapeutics, and systems of effective delivery that can be feasibly implemented through public health care models in low resource settings? How can we support socially responsible and ethically-informed startup biotech/biopharm companies with innovative disruptive technologies and health care services organizations with creative solutions that are committed to advancing health equity as the bottom line? How do we make it possible for such entities comprised of hard-working individuals of good will who believe that they can make an impact to practice Sir Richard Branson’s model of “doing good is good business” using business and development models based on social entrepreneurship?

 
 

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