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FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 15:30 – 17:00
Originally posted on Huffington Post.
I can now add to my travel experiences “fire survivor.” Thankfully, this title was earned from afar. While a guest at Oxford’s historic Randolph Hotel last week, I was well out of harm’s way when the fire began (I was onstage at Oxford’s New Theatre as part of the Skoll World Forum, to be precise), so I didn’t have to endure the trauma of an escape – only the shock of realizing that a disaster had broken out that could have devastated people’s lives.
Blessedly, every person who was in the hotel ...more
SKOLL AWARDS FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: AWARDS CEREMONY
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 17:30 – 19:00
At Omidyar Network, we often refer to property rights as one of the world’s most underused solutions to economic empowerment that is hiding in plain sight. Fortunately for all of us, Jagdeesh Rao had his eyes wide open back in 2001 when he created the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES). Last week at the Skoll World Forum on Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England, Jagdeesh and FES were awarded one of the coveted ...more
USING CULTURE TO CHANGE CULTURE
WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00
At this session, more than 40 advocates, filmmakers, philanthropists, technologists, and others from around the world gathered to explore how to more effectively create culture change through storytelling, media, arts, technology, and other tools.
The vibrant discussion led to some key insights along with some critical questions about how we can more powerfully promote the values of dignity, equality and justice. I have captured these below along with some links to additional resources.
The power of storytelling
Several participants highlighted the power of storytelling ...more
Do let yourself express your thoughts, for no reason! Give yourself that time, and listen to your inner inclinations. I wrote this for one of my most precious friends, Anastasia Miron.
Heart All Out
Heart all out Loves to serve She whirls around the world.
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The ‘keep it coop’ campaign of the Co-operative Party has been high profile and energetic – and a testament to the skills of the small staff team and the politicians involved in the party.
The campaign goes wider than simply trying to keep the funding for the Co-operative Party, which has long been aligned to Labour. But it is worth remembering that, despite one hundred years of action by the Co-operative Party, the original co-operative vision was not one that started from political alignment, but rather one of transformation from below.
These are four main dates that shape the formation of the co-operative principles around political activity:
1832: Twelve years before the formation of the first modern consumer co-operative in Rochdale, the 1832 Co-operative Congress, chaired by none other than Robert Owen, passed the following resolution: “Whereas, the Co-operative World contains persons of all religious sects and of all ...more
If you focus on the transaction you miss the greater whole. It’s only going after a piece, instead of working on something more infinite.
-Anita Casalina, Founder of Billions Rising
It seems that in business, we want to close the deal.
Seal the partnership.
Make it happen, get it done, check it off of our list. We drive towards its result.
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“I am former president of Ireland and UN special envoy of climate and human rights, but I am also a mother and a grandmother,” were the opening words of Mary Robinson.
“The pillar of non-state actors is fundamental for a success in Paris, and the Climate Action Day in Lima has made the road to Paris wider, because of the participation of civil society, global business and local governments.”
Fundación Avina and the Skoll Foundation entered the sixth and final year of their alliance in the Pan-Amazon region, and convened a diverse group at the Skoll World Forum to discuss how the Skoll community and other actors can engage in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP 21), and beyond.
Tomas Christensen, from the UN Secretary General’s office, is closely involved with the UN Climate Summit in New ...more
THE GREAT PARADIGM SHIFT
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15
At first glance, today’s talk might have seemed better suited for the Oxford Union, Oxford’s famed debate hall. Indeed, it seemed like a debate of public good versus business savvy.
On one side of the panel sat Paul Farmer, a tireless global healthcare practitioner known for refusing to entertain hand-wringing discussions of cost-benefit, and Diana Good, head of the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact. On the other side sat Eduarda la Rocque, former Secretary of Finance for the city of Rio de Janeiro, and Michael Porter, the father of 1980’s cut-throat ...more