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This year, we organize our conversations at the Forum around the theme of Fault Lines: Creating Common Ground. Globally, rifts are emerging along cultural, class, and political lines as globalization and the digital revolution have benefited some, and left others behind. The divide grows in how people perceive—and experience—the world, which represents a threat to a peaceful and prosperous future. Can we design a world where our common humanity outshines our ideological, cultural, and political differences? Together we’ll give rise to new ideas, new perspectives, and ultimately, new relationships built on trust and a mutual desire for human progress. We’ll highlight innovators around the world creating common ground through their drive, creativity, and leadership.

Skoll Week

New this year, we’ve invited partner organizations to independently host Ecosystem Events throughout Oxford as part of Skoll Week. These Ecosystem Events cover topics such as global education, impact investing, measuring social change, leveraging international development, corporate partnerships, and pandemics. Open to the public, these events will inject fresh perspectives into our community and provide space for deeper working sessions. This year also marks the inaugural TEDxSkoll on Friday April 7. Together, we'll explore truth as a concept that is not always easy to find, define or grasp, and we'll embrace that challenge as a unifying—and uniquely human—element. TEDxSkoll is independently-ticketed.

How To Engage

Use #SkollWF to share what you’re seeing and hearing on Twitter and Facebook, and Instagram and to tweet with speakers. @SkollFoundation will be broadcasting live over Facebook and Twitter throughout Skoll Week—join the conversation! Main-stage events and sessions will also be livestreamed all week at dev.skoll.org/live.

Announcing The 2017 Skoll Awards For Social Entrepreneurship

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship on Monday, March 27! Follow #SkollWF on Twitter to learn about this year’s Skoll social entrepreneurs and their incredible work.

Join us for the 2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, April 5, 4:00-6:00PM GMT+1. Tickets to attend the Awards Ceremony at the New Theatre in Oxford are on sale here. You can also tune in at dev.skoll.org/live.

New This Year



Portals

In December 2014, Shared_Studios launched Portals, a global public art initiative. Portals is a network of gold-colored spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology and spread out in public sites around the world. When individuals enter a Portal, they feel as though they are sharing the same space as someone in an identical Portal somewhere else on Earth. As many participants have put it, they “feel like they are breathing the same air.” Since launch, Portals have connected more than 30,000 people across 20 countries in one-on-one dialogues. Community partners have built permanent Portals in diverse locations around the globe, including Syrian refugee camps, American inner-cities, Afghan universities, and Mexican public parks. Notable guests have engaged the Portals network, including Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon, Sergey Brin, and Fareed Zakaria. The Portal during Skoll week will connect to our sites around the world to facilitate discussions around migration, arts, and entrepreneurship. Sign up for your slot today at www.sharedstudios.com/skoll.



Oculus VR For Good

Virtual reality has unlimited potential for gaming and entertainment, but it’s also a powerful way to drive important social change. Filmmakers everywhere see this and are pushing the boundaries of cinematic VR to tell stories with an impact. There’s also a large community of nonprofit organizations eager to embrace VR as a tool to raise awareness for causes in need of a voice. The Oculus team is excited to bring their latest innovations and storytelling achievements to the 2017 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Come by the Virtual Reality Experience (located in the Courtyard Marquee) during the Forum, and catch a special workshop Thursday 11:45am-1:00pm with filmmakers and representatives from the Oculus VR For Good program. Delegates can also catch screenings of the latest VR films from the VR for Good program, which helps nonprofits and rising filmmakers bring a variety of social missions to life. Please see the screening schedules in the Entrance Hall and Virtual Reality Experience for more details.



TEDxSkoll

Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts. The very definition of truth seems to be up for grabs, and our relationship with truth is in a state of flux. On Friday 7th April, let’s meet at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford for TEDxSkoll. Under a 17th century ceiling, we’ll take stock of the concept of truth and its evolving role in social, economic and political progress. We will hear from those who have harnessed truth as a central driving force in their life and work, and those who have dedicated their life’s work to producing fiction. Together, we’ll explore truth as a concept that is not always easy to find, define or grasp, and we’ll embrace that challenge as a unifying—and uniquely human—element. Tickets for this independently-hosted event available here.