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.
Community Logging Cordinator
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.
Author and Speaker
Forest Trends Association
Michael Jenkins is the founding President of Forest Trends, a non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain, restore, and enhance forests and connected natural ecosystems which provide life-sustaining processes, by promoting incentives and markets for ecosystem services and products. Forest Trends seeks to catalyze the development of integrated carbon, water, and biodiversity incentives that deliver real conservation outcomes and benefits to local communities. Forest Trends works in Latin America, Asia, & Africa, in partnership with local institutions. Prior to Forest Trends, Michael was a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank and Associate Director for the Environment at the MacArthur Foundation. He also worked with USAID's Agroforestry Outreach Program in Haiti as well as in Paraguay working with the Peace Corp in agriculture, apiculture and forestry projects. Michael holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale, and has contributed to & authored numerous publications.
I did my undergraduate degree in Geology, in Brazil, at the Pará State Federal University, a M.Sc. in Soil Science at Penn State University, and Ph.D. in Geography at University of California in Santa Barbara. I have been working at Imazon since 1992, an NGO dedicated to promote sustainable development in the Amazon. My research focuses on spatial analysis to identify priority areas for conservation in the Amazon; on the mapping of forest carbon stocks and developing carbon emission models; and on remote sensing to map and monitor land cover and land use changes, particularly forest degradation caused by selective logging, fires and fragmentation. . I am also member of the Global Observation of Forest Change and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) and Leader of Avina Foundation since January 2008. In 2010, I was granted the Skoll Award on Social Entrepreneurship, and my biography was included in the book Who's Who in Science and Engineering, among other awards such as the Chico Mendes Award in 2008. I have published over 100 studies, mostly peer review journals.
CEO and Founder
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.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Scott is the founder of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste, Burma, and Liberia, creating 70,000 jobs in the process. Currently Scott is working on the launch of a private equity investment fund for frontier markets in Africa. Prior to this, Scott was a Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in Asia and worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. In 2010, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper awarded the G20 SME Prize to Scott. The Globe & Mail designated him a "Leading Thinker" on aid in the 21st century, the World Economic Forum has honored him as a Young Global Leader, and he is a Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Ashoka Foundation.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. His books have been published in over 50 countries and 27 languages. They include The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest. He is CEO of OneSun, Solar.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Executive Director
Molly Melching's early experiences in Senegal reinforced her beliefs that many development efforts were not addressing the true priorities of African communities, particularly women. Melching began to develop a new type of learning program that actively involved participants by using African languages and traditional methods of learning. Their efforts grew throughout the 1980s, leading Molly to found Tostan in 1991. The Tostan model engages communities for three years in themes of democracy, human rights, problem-solving, health/hygiene, literacy, project management skills, and early childhood development. Tostan is now in 8 African countries. Molly has gained international recognition, especially for Tostan's efforts in spearheading the large scale grassroots movement for the abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage. Tostan has received numerous awards, including the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Director
One Acre Fund
Andrew is the co-founder and director of One Acre Fund. Most of the world's poor people are smallholder farmers, and we have an innovative method for helping them to double their productivity. We currently serve 200,000 farmers in East Africa with farm input loans and training, and are growing by 50%+ per year.
Author and Speaker
Adalberto Veríssimo is a senior research and co-founder of the Amazon Institute of People and Environment (Imazon), a think-and-do tanks NGO based in the Brazilian Amazon. He holds a master degree in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) and graduate degree in Agriculture Engineer from the Federal Rural University of the Brazilian Amazon. He is also AVINA Fellow and Ashoka Senior Fellow. In 2010 Verissimo received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
President and CEO
Sally Osberg has led entrepreneurial organizations and been an agent for social change throughout her career. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and the staff in supporting social entrepreneurs and those helping them solve global challenges. She is well-respected for her thought leadership in the field and for her commitment to accelerating social change where most is at stake.
Author and Speaker
Jeff Skoll Group
Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As Founder of the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. The first President of eBay, Skoll developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. On 30 December 2011, Skoll was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.