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What If? Headlines from the Future
By Tom Watson on April 6, 2007 | No Comment

One last post from last week’s Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. At the awards ceremony, the Skoll Foundation showed a brilliant bit of video that wrote some "future headlines" aimed at showing …

What Social Entrepreneurs Think (Hint: More Capital Needed)
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2007 | No Comment

One of the highlights of the 4th annual Skoll Forum for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford was the release of an in-depth survey marking the current attitudes of people working in the sector. Growing Opportunity: Entrepreneurial …

Remains of the Day: Fundraising Still Job One
By Tom Watson on March 29, 2007 | No Comment

It took Martin Fisher, the co-founder and CEO of Kickstart, all of 30 seconds to answer the question on the biggest thing he’d learned at this 4th annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship:
"There is …

Gabriel on Personal Motivation
By Tom Watson on March 29, 2007 | No Comment

Peter Gabriel has been a real presence at Skoll the past few days, and it’s clear he’s personally motivated to effect change. Here’s his presentation from last evening:

Live-Blogging Larry
By Tom Watson on March 29, 2007 | No Comment
Live-Blogging Larry

Like some rock star from another country (the nation state known as Google), Larry Brilliant of Google.org took the stage in Oxford this morning at the Skoll World Forum and declared himself an eternal optimist. …

Ending Torture: One Skoll Story
By Tom Watson on March 29, 2007 | No Comment

Alternative funding, return on social investment, new structures for financing and sustainability. All important, but they hardly carry the human story, do they? With hundreds of social entrepreneurs here in Oxford for the Skoll World …

Skoll Award Winners
By Tom Watson on March 28, 2007 | No Comment

Tonight at the Sheldonian, which was designed by Christopher Wren and opened for lectures in the round nearly 350 years go, the delegates celebrated the 2007 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The recipients, who
will each …

Skoll Forum: A Few Photos
By Tom Watson on March 28, 2007 | No Comment
Skoll Forum: A Few Photos

Here are few photos from around the Skoll Global Forum for Social Entrepreneurship:

Above, the lobby at the Said Business School and delegates gather for lunch in the courtyard.

The ancient Sheldonian, above, was the setting for …

Social Entrepreneurship: What’s the Focus?
By Tom Watson on March 28, 2007 | 4 Comments

Edward Skloot has been involved in what is now popularly known as social entrepreneurship for a long time; he’s the executive director of the Surdna Foundation, started New Ventures back in 1980, and is a …

The New Philanthropists
By Tom Watson on March 28, 2007 | 3 Comments
The New Philanthropists

One of the more fascinating presentations came last evening from Irish writer Charles Handy, who is also a former Shell executive and the founder of the London Business School. A well-known author, radio personality, and …

Peter Gabriel’s Web Portal to Human Rights
By Tom Watson on March 28, 2007 | No Comment
Peter Gabriel’s Web Portal to Human Rights

Rock star Peter Gabriel took the stage here early this morning to talk about uploading video to the Internet. But it wasn’t YouTube funnies or MySpace hijinks that was on the mind of this classic …

Skoll: ‘Changing Time for Philanthropy’
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2007 | No Comment
Skoll: ‘Changing Time for Philanthropy’

In his opening remarks at the conference that bears his name, Jeff Skoll returned to what many attendees and observers often focus on – what is a social entrepreneur. But he didn’t provide a straight-on …

Jordan’s Queen Calls for a New Kind of Corporate Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2007 | 6 Comments
Jordan’s Queen Calls for a New Kind of Corporate Philanthropy

Flanked by a large security detail, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan was whisked to her seat in the ancient Sheldonian Theatre for the opening evening’s presentations at this 4th annual Skoll World Forum for Social …

Social Entrepreneurship: Evolving Definitions
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2007 | No Comment

To get a broad view of the gathering’s history and
direction, I sat down with Alex Nicholls, the first lecturer in social
entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and the first
staff member of the Skoll Centre …

Live From Oxford
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2007 | No Comment

Matthew Arnold called Oxford the city of dreaming spires, a reference to the beauty of the harmonious colleges here but also the centrality of thought that Oxford plays for all of Britain. Here at the …

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