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Today, technology is the social catalyst empowering communities in all corners of the globe to improve their lives and shape their collective future.

Modern technology is opening floodgates of information and influence historically reserved only for those in power. It not only helps to uncover the way to tackle a big issue, technology also helps to stimulate the most elusive and most needed breakthrough of all: the will to act in our collective self-interest.
What are the implications for change in democracies, authoritarian societies and developing countries as the international blogosphere, censorship, and citizen engagement takes on new meaning and shape?
 

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Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Lucy Bartlett
Independent

 
 
 

Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, and Nolan Gasser, Chief Musicologist at Pandora, might, at first, seem like an unusual pairing for a session at the Skoll World Forum, but there again, what is usual for this event.

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Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, and Nolan Gasser, Chief Musicologist at Pandora, might, at first, seem like an unusual pairing for a session at the Skoll World Forum, but there again, what is usual for this event.

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Digital Equity and Individual Rights in the Age of Big Data: Highlights from the Skoll World Forum

 
 

Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, and digital exclusion.

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Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, and digital exclusion.

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Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

Henrik Storm Dyrssen
Leksell Social Ventures

 
 
 

Like it or not, data is a medium that permeates our lives, and while the powers that be pontificate over its future, we might as well make the most of it. So how could social innovation leverage data to increase breadth and depth of impact?

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Like it or not, data is a medium that permeates our lives, and while the powers that be pontificate over its future, we might as well make the most of it. So how could social innovation leverage data to increase breadth and depth of impact?

“The key opportunity for the bottom billion is not that these people are consumers, it's that they're producers! Astoundingly unproductive producers ... and that's the opportunity and the challenge.”

Paul Collier

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Recap: Building Movement Through Digital Storytelling

Ida Jeng
Refugees United

 
 
 

“Boring is a sin,” said Ben Keesey of Invisible Children, thereby kicking off a lively panel entitled  “Campaign Models: Driving Your Audience to Engage.” Moderated by Elizabeth Gore of the United Nations Foundation, this panel aimed to highlight best practice within the field of global movements.

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“Boring is a sin,” said Ben Keesey of Invisible Children, thereby kicking off a lively panel entitled  “Campaign Models: Driving Your Audience to Engage.” Moderated by Elizabeth Gore of the United Nations Foundation, this panel aimed to highlight best practice within the field of global movements.

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Recap: Conversation with Amazonian Indigenous Chiefs

Sonal Bains
Lux Digital

 
 
 

Wednesday’s Conversation with Amazonian Indigenous Chiefs highlighted the roles technology and collaborative strategies play in helping remote indigenous communities generate income, map, demarcate and protect their land, organize for women’s rights, keep oral traditions alive, build schools and provide health care to their communities.

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Wednesday’s Conversation with Amazonian Indigenous Chiefs highlighted the roles technology and collaborative strategies play in helping remote indigenous communities generate income, map, demarcate and protect their land, organize for women’s rights, keep oral traditions alive, build schools and provide health care to their communities.

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Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

New York Times

This is philanthropy in the age of the new economy — financed with its outsize riches, practiced according to its individualistic, entrepreneurial creed. The donors are impatient with the deliberate, and often politicized, pace of public science, they say, and willing to take risks that government cannot or simply will not consider. Yet that personal setting of priorities is precisely what troubles some in the science establishment.

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This is philanthropy in the age of the new economy — financed with its outsize riches, practiced according to its individualistic, entrepreneurial creed. The donors are impatient with the deliberate, and often politicized, pace of public science, they say, and willing to take risks that government cannot or simply will not consider. Yet that personal setting of priorities is precisely what troubles some in the science establishment.

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Investigative Journalism and the New Transparency

Richard Tofel
ProPublica

 
 
 

These three initiatives do not constitute some sort of millennium by any means, and, happily, a few others are engaged in similar efforts.  But I hope and believe they provide some granular context and content for notions of what a new commitment to transparency, fueled by new technologies and unleashed by new business models, can make possible.

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These three initiatives do not constitute some sort of millennium by any means, and, happily, a few others are engaged in similar efforts.  But I hope and believe they provide some granular context and content for notions of what a new commitment to transparency, fueled by new technologies and unleashed by new business models, can make possible.

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Data and the Human Touch

Jim Fruchterman
Benetech

 
 
 

We advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. Data without context has little value. We ask the question: data for whom?  We’re a technology company and strongly believe in the power of information as a force for good. But we’re also a nonprofit with a social mission to empower individuals in complex and often difficult circumstances.

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We advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. Data without context has little value. We ask the question: data for whom?  We’re a technology company and strongly believe in the power of information as a force for good. But we’re also a nonprofit with a social mission to empower individuals in complex and often difficult circumstances.

“We're now in probably the biggest inflection point in history.”

Salman Khan

 

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