2010 Skoll Awards For Social Entrepreneurship
Afghan Institute Of Learning
Thu, April 15, 2010; 17:30 - 19:00
At the 2010 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, listen as each awardee gives a short, inspirational acceptance speech. Awardee Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures talks about going from aspiration to action in this speech at the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Later, Michael Jenkins of Forest Trends, Carlos Souza Jr and Adalberto Verissimo of Imazon, Andrew Youn of One Acre Fund, Scott Gilmore of Peace Dividend Trust, Molly Melching of Tostan, and Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto and Silverius Oscar Unggul of Telepak accept their awards in this video.
Featuring Remarks by:
Paul Hawken, CEO, OneSun Solar
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
Musical Performance By:
Jimmy and Donnie Demers
The rate of unsustainable environmental practices is one of the highest in Indonesia. Telapak came into existence in response to the rise of illegal logging activities and the depletion of marine life. The lack of education and awareness of environmental issues have been draining the country of its natural resources since its colonial days. Concessions exploit the land and some businesses use bribery and other illicit means to gain permits. When Telapak first started, there was no effective monitoring mechanism to oversee the quota system for the harvesting of timber, coral and fishing. Indigenous people living near these natural resources were also under conflict with large companies over land and resource rights. In response to these issues, Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto, Silverius Oscar Unggul and four other friends started Telapak.
Silverius Oscar Unggul
Over two thirds of Indonesia’s forests are in critical condition due to illegal logging. Silverius Oscar Unggul has created a business model that empowers and provides economic incentives for forest dwelling communities to get involved with conservation efforts by helping them manage their own sustainable “eco-label” timber businesses.
Carlos Souza Jr
Senior Researcher. Geologist
Carlos Souza, Jr. and his co-founder Adalberto (Beto) Veríssimo, are recognized leaders in rainforest conservation, developing, in Imazon, the first independent deforestation monitoring system for the Brazilian Amazon. Beto co-founded Imazon in 1990, and Carlos joined shortly thereafter to head efforts in technical mapping and satellite imagery. In 2008, the Brazilian government launched a new policy to control illegal deforestation, focusing on “hot spot” deforestation municipalities identified by Imazon.
Marc Freedman founded Civic Ventures in 1998 to find caring, committed adults to help young people growing up in poverty — as mentors, teachers and youthworkers. His belief that the vast and growing older population could serve as a critical resource for children led him to spearhead the development of Experience Corps, now a highly successful tutoring and mentoring program helping 20,000 children in 20 cities. In the years since, Freedman founded The Purpose Prize, a $100,000 award for social innovators over age 60. His newest goal is to get millions of boomers to pour their life experience into “encore careers,” that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. This new and growing workforce for social change could solve some of society’s toughest problems — from education to the environment, health care to homelessness.
Building Markets, formerly Peace Dividend Trust
Scott Gilmore is the founder of Building Markets, formerly Peace Dividend Trust, a non-profit social enterprise that creates jobs and sustains peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to global supply chains. Their work creating shared value has helped the international aid community to invest over $1 billion into local economies through procurement. Scott was previously an entrepreneur, a Canadian diplomat and worked for the UN. Scott was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and one of 25 “Transformational Canadians”. In 2011, the Globe & Mail designated Scott a “Leading Thinker” on aid, and the World Economic Forum honored him as a Young Global Leader.
Founder and Executive Director
A life dedicated to grassroots community empowerment, Molly Melching’s work with Tostan has brought international recognition for cross-cutting results such as the abandonment of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage in eight African countries, as well as reductions in infant/maternal mortality and emergence of female leadership. She received the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2011, was named one of the '150 Women Who Shake the World' by Newsweek and one of 'The Most Powerful Women in Women’s Rights' by Forbes.