Over the next few weeks the Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship sector will be hosting three conferences. in a series of three posts I’ll give you a brief overview of what will be covered at The Skoll World Forum, Oxford Jam and Voice 11, how you can get involved and get some of the useful information if you’re not able to attend them all (which is highly likely as they all seem to be at the same time!).
1. The Skoll World Forum On Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll World Forum is a programme run by the Skoll Foundation in partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. It has been running since 2004 when it was set up to bring together a diverse group of people from across the world to stimulate new approaches to solving some of the worlds most important social issues.
Who is the conference aimed at: 800 world leaders from social, academic, finance, corporate and policy sectors
Where & When will the conference take place: the conference takes place in Oxford, UK over 3 days and nights from the 30th March- 1st April
What is the theme: the theme of this year’s conference is around large scale change- social issues are now not just relevant to an isolated group of people and they have become global issues the challenge then is find new ways to work together through developing partnerships and networks and create a supportive “ecosystem” where action can be taken.
What topics will be covered: Globalisation, Governance and Large Scale Change, Large scale change and Microfinance, Leadership for large scale change, how publicly traded companies drive large scale change, grants vs investments, engaging the next generation-poverty to prosperity, food security, working with governments to deliver high impact solutions, pioneering corporate and legal structures for social entrepreneurship, innovation in financial products, demonstrating impact and branding, women, leadership and large scale change and more.
Who are the speakers: there are many interesting speakers including the following,
- Desmond M. Tutu Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town,
- Jeff Skoll Founder and Chairman Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, Skoll Global Threats Fund,
- Mabel van Oranje CEO, Global Elders,
- Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ignia,
- Lord David Sainsbury of Turville House of Lords Parliament
- Baaba Maal, Senegalese Master Musician
- Sergio Oceransky, Co-Director, Yansa Community Interest Company
- Fadi Ghandour, Founder & CEO, Aramex
- Ngaire Woods, Director, Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford
- Andrew Kassoy, Co-Founder, B Corp
- Jeff Mendelsohn, President and Co-Founder, New Leaf Paper
- Jeremy Leggett, Founder and Chairman, Solarcentury
- Larry Brilliant, CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
- Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management
- John Elkington, Founding Partner and Executive Chairman, Volans
- Jonathan Lewis, Founder and Chair, Microcredit Enterprises
How can you get involved: the conference will be posting videos, blogs, articles etc from the conference you can access them on YouTube or search twitter and Flickr using the tag #skollwf and skollwf, you can also follow the conference on twitter @skollworldforum and find blogs and video posts on the Social Edge website and on theSkoll World Forum site. There are still some tickets for the general public to attend an afternoon, evening film screens and discussions at The New Theatre.