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Economic Opportunity

 
 
 

Opportunity – for education, jobs, income, raising a family – divides those with a promising future from those without.

 

“We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot.

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Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

Lynelle Cameron
Autodesk Foundation and Autodesk, Inc.

 
 
 

The challenges of 9 billion are well known – energy and climate, water, land and resources, health, education, urbanization.  We know these challenges are only becoming more epic. Designers around the world are rising to the challenge – focusing their talents, ambitions and careers to ask the right questions and design scalable (dare I say) epic solutions.

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The challenges of 9 billion are well known – energy and climate, water, land and resources, health, education, urbanization.  We know these challenges are only becoming more epic. Designers around the world are rising to the challenge – focusing their talents, ambitions and careers to ask the right questions and design scalable (dare I say) epic solutions.

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Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

Deanna Zandt
Lux Digital

 
 
 

The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business school captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned.

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The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business school captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned.

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Recap, Day Two: Leadership, Talent and Innovation

Deanna Zandt
Lux Digital

 
 
 

No rest for the wicked entrepreneurial at Skoll World Forum: we jumped right back into the deep end on Thursday. Still basking in brisk sunshine, delegates and speakers joined into our conversations on ambition with enthusiasm and creativity. Here were some of the themes that emerged during Day Two.

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No rest for the wicked entrepreneurial at Skoll World Forum: we jumped right back into the deep end on Thursday. Still basking in brisk sunshine, delegates and speakers joined into our conversations on ambition with enthusiasm and creativity. Here were some of the themes that emerged during Day Two.

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Are Intrapreneurs the New Rock-Stars?

Rajeeb Dey
Enternships.com

 
 
 

Why don’t we celebrate the intrapreneurs more? Coming to Skoll has helped me empathize more with the challenges intrapreneurs face and I urge us all to support the intrapreneurial movement. Campaigns such as The League of Intrapreneurs are playing their part in doing this but I feel that the time has come for us to turn the spotlight on these unsung heroes.

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Why don’t we celebrate the intrapreneurs more? Coming to Skoll has helped me empathize more with the challenges intrapreneurs face and I urge us all to support the intrapreneurial movement. Campaigns such as The League of Intrapreneurs are playing their part in doing this but I feel that the time has come for us to turn the spotlight on these unsung heroes.

“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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2014 Skoll World Forum: As It Happens

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The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network brings you the latest news, tweets and updates from the 2014 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

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The Guardian's Social Enterprise Network brings you the latest news, tweets and updates from the 2014 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

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How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram
Girls Not Brides

 
 
 

I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year. Girls Not Brides has now grown to more than 300 civil society organisations working in over 50 countries to enable girls to avoid child marriage and fulfill their potential.

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I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year. Girls Not Brides has now grown to more than 300 civil society organisations working in over 50 countries to enable girls to avoid child marriage and fulfill their potential.

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

Ida Jeng
Refugees United

 
 
 

Participants in this session tackled questions like, “How can entrepreneurs and businesses alleviate pressing social issues together?” and “How do you convince a multinational company to fund your social innovation?”

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Participants in this session tackled questions like, “How can entrepreneurs and businesses alleviate pressing social issues together?” and “How do you convince a multinational company to fund your social innovation?”

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Recap: Designing impact: The gospels of Kevin Starr

Henrik Storm Dyrssen
Leksell Social Ventures

 
 
 

‘Many social entrepreneurs start speaking to me of how they are going to achieve impact, without really elaborating on what they want to achieve.’ The what comes first, the how comes later. What is the behaviour you wish to change?

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‘Many social entrepreneurs start speaking to me of how they are going to achieve impact, without really elaborating on what they want to achieve.’ The what comes first, the how comes later. What is the behaviour you wish to change?

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Recap: The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change through Smallholder Finance

Sonal Bains
Lux Digital

 
 
 

Can investors, global development institutions, NGOs and companies effectively deploy resources to empower smallholder farmers? The answer is yes, but it will require strong collaboration, according to thought leaders and investors in the space who participated in today’s panel.

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Can investors, global development institutions, NGOs and companies effectively deploy resources to empower smallholder farmers? The answer is yes, but it will require strong collaboration, according to thought leaders and investors in the space who participated in today’s panel.

“We are debating Peak Oil, but we know that we have reached Peak Child”

Hans Rosling

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Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Ambition of Women

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