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The only way to achieve environmental sustainability is to employ a powerful two-pronged approach.

Destructive practices like deforestation and pollution that are the cause of skyrocketing global greenhouse emissions must be dramatically reduced and eliminated.
Simultaneously, we must also be working to spur more sustainable lives and economies, including access to sustainable shelter and infrastructure, clean water, and clean energy.
 

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Forum 2014

Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

Catherine Brown
Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

 
 
 

It was humbling to listen to the winners of the Skoll World Forum Awards for Social Entrepreneurs speak at the awards ceremony. Courageous people working to bring clean water and proper sewage to slums, giving people living in poverty access to banks and savings, ensuring that girls across the world receive an education with all the opportunities and knowledge that brings.

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It was humbling to listen to the winners of the Skoll World Forum Awards for Social Entrepreneurs speak at the awards ceremony. Courageous people working to bring clean water and proper sewage to slums, giving people living in poverty access to banks and savings, ensuring that girls across the world receive an education with all the opportunities and knowledge that brings.

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

Subathirai Sivakumaran
United Nations Development Programme

 
 
 

In the third of a series of blogs on the SWF, Suba Sivakumaran delves into the complexities of social impact programme measurement.

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In the third of a series of blogs on the SWF, Suba Sivakumaran delves into the complexities of social impact programme measurement.

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Ambition to Audacity: Takeaways from the 2014 Skoll World Forum

Stanford Social Innovation Review

In 2012, the forum’s theme was “Flux,” signifying the unstable and uncertain environment in which most social entrepreneurs operate. Last year, the theme was “Disruption,” signifying the recalcitrant spirit of social entrepreneurs. This year, the theme portrayed a newfound maturity and confidence that wasn’t present in past years: “Ambition.”

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In 2012, the forum’s theme was “Flux,” signifying the unstable and uncertain environment in which most social entrepreneurs operate. Last year, the theme was “Disruption,” signifying the recalcitrant spirit of social entrepreneurs. This year, the theme portrayed a newfound maturity and confidence that wasn’t present in past years: “Ambition.”

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5 Lessons Learned from Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Forbes

It was an intense and emotional three days in Oxford for the Skoll World Forum last week. Watching leaders from across sectors share their insights, vulnerabilities and revolutionary ideas created an atmosphere of openness, where a number of themes and lessons emerged.

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It was an intense and emotional three days in Oxford for the Skoll World Forum last week. Watching leaders from across sectors share their insights, vulnerabilities and revolutionary ideas created an atmosphere of openness, where a number of themes and lessons emerged.

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Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a 'Clean' Energy Matrix

Sonal Bains
Lux Digital

 
 
 

During this year’s Skoll World Forum session on Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix, Fundaçion AVINA Board Chairman Sean McKaughan convened thought leaders to discuss the solutions and drivers needed to achieve a sustainable energy future.

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During this year’s Skoll World Forum session on Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix, Fundaçion AVINA Board Chairman Sean McKaughan convened thought leaders to discuss the solutions and drivers needed to achieve a sustainable energy future.

“We are entering a period of consequences ... in Africa and India, much like everywhere else in the world, people were noticing that their climate was changing.”

Jeff Skoll

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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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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.

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2014 Skoll World Forum: As It Happens

The Guardian

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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Looking Beyond GDP as the Measure Of Success

Bloomberg

Skoll Foundation CEO & President Sally Osberg discusses the new Social Progress Index, how it ranks countries by social and environmental performance and how it’s a better measure of economic growth than GDP. She speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”

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Skoll Foundation CEO & President Sally Osberg discusses the new Social Progress Index, how it ranks countries by social and environmental performance and how it’s a better measure of economic growth than GDP. She speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”

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Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty?

Harvey Koh
Monitor Deloitte

 
 
 

Can social enterprises really solve poverty? Our considered view is that they can indeed make a tremendous contribution, but only if those of us who support these enterprises widen our lens and change our approach. We need to start seeing the systemic nature of the challenges that they face and play a stronger role to helping them overcome those challenges.

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Can social enterprises really solve poverty? Our considered view is that they can indeed make a tremendous contribution, but only if those of us who support these enterprises widen our lens and change our approach. We need to start seeing the systemic nature of the challenges that they face and play a stronger role to helping them overcome those challenges.

“I believe that the climate crisis is our greatest opportunity, not only our greatest challenge.”

Al Gore

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