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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

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
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

BRINGING IN BIG MONEY: INNOVATIVE FINANCING MEETS INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
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

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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

Posted By Social Edge
On 25 April 2015 - 2:20am

As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended.

First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO?

I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems. Therein lies the opportunity and the challenge for social entrepreneurs and NGOs alike. Thankfully, Skoll is one of the few places where “ ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 25 April 2015 - 2:14am

THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15

Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth.

“Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story.

This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge ...more