Nine Young Leaders Reflect on 2015 Skoll World Forum
June 8, 2015 | 3595 views
The MasterCard Foundation and Skoll Foundation brought nine young leaders from nine countries to Oxford for the 2015 Skoll World Forum. They came to share their experiences, present their ideas on panel discussions, network with other social entrepreneurs and further develop their leadership skills. In this series they reflect on their experiences at the Forum. Also: watch a video about the young leaders.
The MasterCard Foundation and Skoll Foundation are committed to meaningfully engaging young people in the decisions that affect them. It is our belief that education and employment programs are improved when young people have the opportunity to participate in the design, implementation, governance and monitoring and evaluation of initiatives that impact them. Providing opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and learn from other leaders and social entrepreneurs helps to both equip them with greater skills and showcase the power and relevance of young voices.
For the past two years, the Foundation and Skoll have collaborated to identify a diverse cohort of young, global leaders and sponsor their participation at the Skoll World Forum. On April 15-17, nine young leaders from nine countries came to Oxford to share their experiences, present their ideas on panel discussions, network with other social entrepreneurs and further develop their leadership skills. This included youth representatives from MasterCard Foundation partners including International Youth Foundation, University of British Columbia, African Leadership Academy, Fundación Paraguaya and our Youth Think Tank.
Together with Skoll colleagues and the Sundance Institute, and in addition to the Forum itself, a full set activities was organized to support young leaders to tell their personal stories and share their inspirations and goals for the future. Most importantly, they were able to connect with Fellows from last year who returned to participate in the Forum as mentors this years’ cohort of Fellows — expanding a global, active network of committed social entrepreneurs.
In the coming days we’ll be sharing blogs from each participant and a video which showcases their time at Oxford. Their stories tell us about their backgrounds, their experiences at the Skoll World Forum and, most importantly, how they intend to apply their newfound skills and insights to their personal and professional endeavours.