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A Decade of Stories of Change: How a Partnership With Sundance Institute Harnessed Storytelling for Social Impact
Stories of Change, a decade-long initiative of the Sundance Institute and the Skoll Foundation, marries the power of storytelling with the impact of social entrepreneurship. This initiative connects and engages…
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Fear Doesn’t Live Here: Fighting Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
March 30, 2017
By: Fiona Mavhinga, Founder, Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network “I have seen girls suffer,” Mary told me. “And I knew I had to speak for them.” Mary was born poor and grew…
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Reflections From Standing Rock
Gabriel Diamond - Skoll Foundation , December 8, 2016
At the Skoll Foundation much of the work we support—and the stories we seek to tell—has to do with organizations and movements seeking to protect the environment and indigenous land…
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Communications as Critical Change Agent
Suzana Grego - Skoll Foundation , July 27, 2016
During the July 2016 AWNY Stages Summit in Chicago, the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement & Communications Suzana Grego delivered a speech about her experiences working in human rights…
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Join the Virtual Reality Revolution: How To Make Your Own VR Film
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , April 26, 2016
With sales of virtual reality (VR) gear set to take off this year, we are on the cusp of a new media revolution. The New York Times shipped more than…
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Skoll, Ford, and BRITDOC Launch Flex Fund to Expand Impact of Storytelling
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , April 14, 2016
Every social entrepreneur dreams of telling the perfect story, the one that inspires not just people who see the potential of their vision, but also those so deeply entrenched in…
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Virtual Reality Offers Social Entrepreneurs the Power of Being There
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , March 17, 2016
As human beings, our brains are wired for stories. It’s how we expand our knowledge, and experience going places we’ve never gone, doing something perhaps we’d never even thought to…
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Virtual Reality, Real Empathy
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , February 9, 2016
The Sundance Film Festival this year celebrated 10 years of its New Frontier program, which highlights the intersection of technology and storytelling. One such feature was a virtual reality experience…
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Supercharged Stories of Change: A Sundance Summary
Skoll Foundation - , January 30, 2015
Sundance, so glitzy on top, is constantly and astonishingly substantive underneath. The best films are often documentaries and the best conversations, at least last week, were about social entrepreneurship not…
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“Social” Shines at Sundance
Phil Collis - Skoll Foundation , January 26, 2015
Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The…
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Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change film Open Heart nominated for an Oscar
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , January 11, 2015
It’s official – the Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change short film OPEN HEART has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short category. Here’s a synopsis: Open…
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“Revolutionary Optimists” Nominated for an Emmy
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , July 16, 2014
“The Revolutionary Optimists,” a film which was part of the Skoll Foundation/Sundance Stories of Change, was nominated for a 2014 Emmy in the category “Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting, Long Form.”…
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Beyond The Screens at Sundance: Filmmakers and Social Entrepreneurs Explore the Power of Story
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , January 28, 2014
The Sundance Film Festival is best known as the land of filmmakers and celebrities, mountain chic clothing and glamorous parties. But over the last few years, there’s been a new…
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Jeff Skoll in Forbes: “On The Power Of A Good Story”
Sally Kassab - Skoll Foundation , November 13, 2013
Our founder, Jeff Skoll, just wrote an essay on Forbes reporter Kerry Dolan’s page about the power of a good story. An excerpt: “When I was a kid, I read…
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Skoll Foundation Goes to the Oscars
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation , March 6, 2013
I just returned from the Oscars, where a film we funded, “Open Heart,” was up for an Academy Award. The film did not win, but the impact has already been…