Coverage of the Skoll World Forum in the global media:


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Closing Plenary
The grand finale to the 2012 Skoll World Forum, tweeted live from the audience of delegates.

The Guardian – Zoe Williams
Philanthro-capitalism may sound ugly, but it could be the future
The phrase philanthro-capitalism gives me the heebie-jeebies. It conjures up an image of hedgefunders and CEOs who could never have got that rich in the first place other than by fostering iniquity then having the brass neck to recast themselves as the healers of that iniquity by sprinkling down the surfeit of their superflux.

The Guardian – Jo Confino, Zoe Williams
Towards a new capitalism: Skoll World Forum live blog day two 
Today I am covering a session on transforming markets to save forests, how branding can be a tool for social change and how empathy is a key leadership quality, plus lots of other conversations as well.

Huffington Post – Tim Hanstad
Catalytic Potential of Land Rights
Consider for a moment the simple bicycle — even before it had gears and souped-up tires. Who would have thought that what was designed to be a gentleman’s plaything would have a wider impact of helping emancipate women or helping improve lives in Africa? But it did.

Financial Times – Andrew Hill
The social benefits of corporate partnerships
But although the Skoll discussions on the relationship were given the title David and Goliath Revisited, it took the man from The Guardian, Jo Confino, who was live-blogging the morning session, to point out acerbically that David v Goliath was “a fight to the death”. If there are any fatalities in this arena, however, they seem to me more likely to be caused by suffocation, as social entrepreneurs and corporate executives embrace each other ever more warmly.

How to Make a Difference – Tim Harford
Don’t over plan things
There’s a concept in psychology called “nominative determinism”. The idea is that men called “Dennis” are more likely to become dentists, or those with the surname “Lawman” are ever-so-slightly more likely to take up a career in policing or criminal justice. Well, I’m sitting in a fusty corner of a fusty hotel in Oxford, and I’m talking to Dr Brilliant.

The Hindi – Hasan Suroor
Indian activist honoured by Skoll Foundation
Arbind Singh, a well-known development activist from India, was on Friday given the prestigious Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award at a function in Oxford for his work in the informal labour sector. – Rhett Butler
Researchers launch tool that predicts Amazon deforestation a year before it happens
Researchers have developed a methodology for accurately predicting where deforestation will occur in the Amazon up to a year in advance, enabling law enforcement agencies and officials to take preventative action before trees are actually chopped down, a forestry expert told on the sidelines of the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Guardian – Jo Confino, Zoe Williams
Meeting of the Minds: Live blog from the Skoll World Forum
I am Jo Confino and we have a small team here including Caroline Holtum, editor of GSB and Guardian columnist Zoe Williams.  We hope you find our first dive into live blogging interesting and stimulating and get a sense of the issues being discussed and also the buzz of energy that comes from putting so many people who want to change the world in one place.

GlobalPost – Michael Goldfarb
A look on the bright side of world change
The Forum brings together social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists who back them and new media types who help them get their messages out. What challenges the cynic’s assumptions is hearing about things – mostly small things – that happen “out there,” in the developing world – that make a difference to people’s lives.

Trustlaw – Astrid Zweynert  
Social entrepreneurs in a state of FLUX as Skoll Forum kicks off
It’s not a new energy drink or Internet start-up, if Skoll Foundation founder Jeff Skoll is to be believed, but a “continuous flow and operating paradigm that expresses the fluid nature of relationships, policies, institutions and human beings which are ever-changing in non-linear ways.

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The Skoll Awards For Entrepreneurship 2012 Tweet by Tweet
This is how the the Skoll Awards for Entrepreneurship went down on twitter. Congratulations again to the 2012 awardees and to all those who are working to create a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Skoll World Forum – Jess Search
Lost Ducks, Lucky Pants and Portaloos
Follow Jess Search as she goes backstage at the Skoll World Forum.

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Morning plenary as seen on Twitter
The Morning Plenary as it happened on Twitter. Follow #SkollWF for more Skoll World Forum news from the speakers and delegates.

WhiteAfrican – Erik Hersman
Entrepreneurs in a time of flux
We’ve never had such upheaval in the way businesses work, in how citizens interact with government, or in how information flows in the world. It’s about change, and survival in a time of flux is best done through agility and creativity.

Huffington Post – Sally Osberg
Social Entrepreneurship: Why it Matters
What a lunch. Jeff Skoll, first president of eBay and founder of The Skoll Foundation, and I sat down this week with the six newest Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship, here in Oxford, England. We’re in town hosting the Skoll World Forum — some call it the Davos of doing good — our yearly gathering of social entrepreneurs, funders and partners from around the world. Greeting the group, and eying his plate, Jeff said: “You social entrepreneurs are used to overcoming obstacles — how about this lasagna?” We all dug in.

Skoll World Forum – Leo Johnson
Seeking an adrenalin shot for the corpse of capitalism
There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction when Uma Thurman gets stabbed in the heart with a syringe of adrenalin. Am up at Skoll for BBC World News. The show we are doing is looking for the real juice, the stuff that looks like it can jolt to life the corpse of 21st century capitalism? So here’s a snapshot of some the stuff I loved, people that have inspired me so far.

Skoll World Forum –  Claire Diaz Ortiz
I Never Meant to Be Here: On Social Entrepreneurship, Connections and Change
It was while living and working in an orphanage in the highlands of Kenya that I first learned about The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School. In this unique place where social entrepreneurship and business acumen successfully collided, I learned, select social entrepreneurs could pursue MBAs at no cost.

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The Opening Plenary
The Morning Plenary as it happened on Twitter. Follow #SkollWF for more Skoll World Forum news from the speakers and delegates.

How to Make a Difference – Tim Harford
Bring Development Data to the World
Hans Rosling is the darling of the world’s favourite ideas conference, TED. He’s a man who has revolutionised the display of data, who rubs shoulders with Bill Gates, who has nudged and teased the World Bank into opening up its vast development databases.  He’s a professor of public health. He’s worked with Google. He is by some distance the most famous statistical guru in the world. And it all started with coffee.

Huffington Post – Robin Smalley
Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission — It Takes a Family
Springtime in Oxford is glorious under any circumstances but when the Skoll World Forum (SWF) is in town, it is a week that changes lives.mothers2mothers (m2m) was invited to attend the SWF for the first time in 2008 as a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, given to social entrepreneurs who are seeking to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. 

Skoll World Forum – Eman Al Nafjan
Horizontal media shines a light on human dignity
Social media has revolutionized the Middle East. Before the Internet, governments had a stronghold on the people’s sources of information. Arabs and particularly Saudis saw the rest of the world through a governmentally sanctioned prism of demonization and conspiracy preached in our Friday sermons and even in our classrooms.

Skoll World Forum – Nick Dazinger
True Heroes
I get to meet some of the world’s extraordinary people. I have travelled to dozens and dozens of countries across the globe. I have witnessed some of the late 20th century’s and early 21st century’s historic moments. So far, you might think that’s why I feel fortunate – like you perhaps?

Skoll World Forum – Erik Hersman
Innovation Comes from the Edges
I was recently asked, “How do you find innovators?”  It’s an odd question really, one that I hadn’t thought about before, but one that is valuable to think through.  You have to dig deeper and think why innovations happen at all, and what the power structures are that make them be identified as innovative.  After all, innovation is just a new way of doing things than what is currently the norm.

Huffington Post – Carla Buzasi
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
This week, hundreds of the globe’s greatest brains descended on Oxford for the Skoll World Forum, which annually celebrates social entrepreneurship, and this year set out to discuss how we can seize momentum to drive change.

Huffington Post – Pamela Hartigan
Inventing a New Future: Beyond Our Humpty Dumpty World
For the last few years since becoming director of the Skoll Centre, I have closed the Skoll World Forum with an Irish prayer. This year, I want to start my reflections with a riddle — its origins of which I am not sure.

Huffington Post – Stephan Chambers
What it Takes to Change the World
Read a transcript from Stephan Chambers, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, from the Closing Plenary, as he reflects on what he has learnt during the Forum, and reveals what has made him cry. – Rhett Butler
Our ability to transform commodity markets will determine nature’s fate
The success of governments and big corporations in eliminating environmental degradation from the products we consume will play a critical role in determining the fate of the world’s remaining wild places, said a group of experts speaking at a panel during the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
Selling Consumer Products to the Bottom of the Pyramid
A new in-depth analysis of a rural door-to-door goods distribution system in Bangladesh examines key issues associated with so-called Bottom of the Pyramid schemes.

The Guardian – Zoe Williams
Philanthro-capitalism may sound ugly, but it could be the future
The phrase philanthro-capitalism gives me the heebie-jeebies. It conjures up an image of hedgefunders and CEOs who could never have got that rich in the first place other than by fostering iniquity then having the brass neck to recast themselves as the healers of that iniquity by sprinkling down the surfeit of their superflux.

TrustLaw – Astrid Zweynert
Invest in women in conflict zones to promote change
Where would you put your money as an investor? A leading campaigner against gender-based violence says there is only one answer – invest it in women in conflict zones.