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Conversations about Getting Beyond Better

November 25, 2015

With the launch of Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, co-authors Sally Osberg and Roger Martin led a number of lively discussions on the road about how social entrepreneurs create big, lasting change in the world.

Social entrepreneurs work in unique ways, targeting suboptimal systems across a range of issues including poverty, health, education, and climate, and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable systems. These leaders—disrupters, visionaries, changemakers—develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.


  • London, April 2016: “How Social Entrepreneurs Drive Progress.” Conversation with RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor (video)
  • Toronto, March 2016: MaRS Global Leadership series with Roger Martin
  • Bay Area, Feb 2016: Conversation with IDEO CEO Tim Brown at the Commonwealth Club (podcast, video)
  • Portland, Feb 2016: “From Theory to Action: Entrepreneurs and the World’s Pressing Problems.” Conversation with Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer
  • Bay Area, Dec 2015: Book Passage with social entrepreneur Heidi Kuhn of Roots of Peace
  • Seattle, Dec 2015: Keynote at Global Washington’s Disruptive Development Conference and dialogue at University of Washington
  • Toronto, Dec 2015: Rotman School of Management (video 1, video 2)
  • Bay Area, Nov 2015: Events at IDEO and Bridgespan
  • London, Nov 2015: Monocle Magazine (radio)
  • Washington DC, Oct 2015: National Press Club, US State Department, World Bank, and George Mason University
  • Bay Area, Oct 2015: Stanford PACS and Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • New York, Sept 2015: Women Moving Millions


Getting Beyond Better

The compelling new book about social entrepreneurship by Roger Martin and Sally Osberg.

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Roger L. Martin

Roger L. Martin has written many award-winning books, including Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley), as well as numerous
articles in Harvard Business Review and other leading journals and newspapers. He is former dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has been on the board of the Skoll Foundation since its formation in 1999.

Sally Osberg

Sally Osberg is President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs active on five continents; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the Social Progress Imperative.

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