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Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 10:10pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 17:00 – 18:30

I just spent three days at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford at what I thought would be a business-as-usual conference where wealthy elite pat each other on the back and say “good job”. I was pleasantly surprised.

Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen, invited us to explore “belief”, followed by an intimate conversation between Mabel van Oranje of Girls Not Brides and Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, that focused on passion, love for life, what he wants for the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 9:41pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 17:00 – 18:30

We are all familiar with the concept of self-limiting beliefs. I am sure there have been times where you have questioned yourself and worried about whether you can accomplish something you have set out to do. It ultimately comes down to belief. Belief in yourself and the beliefs which inspire your modus operandi.

Belief is therefore a fitting theme for the 12th Annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship held in Oxford. As a social entrepreneur you often have to believe the unbelievable in order to push boundaries and create the change you wish to see.

It is no surprise that my belief set, like many others, has been influenced by my family – my amazingly ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 9:16pm

With Skoll World Forum 2015 just days away I thought I would reflect on the lessons learned from last year’s Forum – themes I expect to emerge this year – as well as offer tips to those taking part in this year’s event for the first time.

1. Sharing solutions: As you would expect with any social enterprise event the air is buzzing with dynamic and passionate people with new and innovative ways of tackling social problems.

One of the most refreshing things about Skoll is hearing first hand from social entrepreneurs from across the world about their solutions and openness to sharing. It’s ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 8:52pm

THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30

The goal of achieving social impact continues to attract increasing interest from entrepreneurs, development partners, funders, and governments. Problems related to poverty, education, gender equality, health, environment, and international cooperation are seeing novel solutions that combine the best practices of business, investment, and philanthropy. While the seedlings have already started turning into ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 8:30pm

THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

Entrepreneurs are faced with myriad activities – product development, strategy, branding, hiring, administration, customers. After managing all of these, and winning a big order, what blocks many entrepreneurs from growing their businesses? Working capital.

For those less familiar with the topic: if a clothing company wins a $50,000 order, it may require $20,000 to cover upfront costs – customers typically only pay for final products.

That means the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 28 April 2015 - 6:56pm

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities.

About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics and laboratory equipment. By leveraging its purchasing power and emphasizing its role in the sourcing of core health products, the Global Fund is reshaping markets and providing a greater return on its own and donors’ investments. The possibilities for ...more

On 28 April 2015 - 5:05pm


It is night, and family night. And building a fire means family.

We crumple up the paper; it means cleaning out old things of our hearts, and letting them provide fuel for the fire’s growth. All things can be used. Then come smaller sticks. They are wobbly and crooked and every which way and that, and Dad places them on the paper, across, across, across again.

I hand Dad the larger wood. I love this wood, it is strong. But it all builds together. All parts need and feed one another. Just like our family. The spark of the flame, the feeding of our souls comes from each family member.

And we build. And there is beauty in this building.

Saturday night 3/18/95 ...more

On 27 April 2015 - 5:05pm

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It was the swinging of the branches… and the gray in between which made me realize how much I love God and how much He loves me.

The mornings I wake up here, I see those trees above the line of my shutters. If I describe it, as gnarled, dry trees with stick branches extending out and crossing one another, with cold gray patches in between shouting an atmosphere of “colorless!”

My color is inside. It is warm when I awake and see my trees. They remind of complexity; and of reward. It is how I approach those trees, not the trees themselves, that resound with warmth.

There is a certain trust within that has escaped me for many years. It is a trust that gives ...more

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On 27 April 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 25 April 2015 - 10:24am

Iceland suffered first from the crash of financial markets and is perhaps first to champion the cause of a new financial system.

A proposal commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, authored by Frosti Sigurjonsson argues for a new system of money, created at source by the state rather than the banking system. The proposal credits in particular the landmark 2001 report by the New Economics FoundationA Monetary Reform for the Information Age, by James Robertson and Joseph Huber, for which I happened to write the foreword.

Monetary reform is a vital but complex cause, one whose advocates, however brilliant, tend to obscurity and which covers a range of sometimes competing proposals, including: reform of seigniorage, ...more