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The Skoll World Forum 2021, produced by Skoll Foundation and usually co-hosted at Saïd Business School by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, has gone virtual this year.
From 13-15 April 2021, it is open to everyone and free to attend. Being online still means the usual mix of plenaries, sessions, networking and idea sharing that the Forum usually brings; it also means there are opportunities to connect with a truly global community. The Forum will be hosted on a virtual platform; there are options when signing up how much of the Forum you wish to attend, so if you just want to come along to the plenaries and not take part in sessions, there is an option for this too.
Each year, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship organises topical sessions as part of the main Forum programming, showcasing the expert and diverse voices from our Oxford Saïd community.
This year, the Skoll Centre will look at ‘the who’ and ‘the how’ of systems change work, bringing together different perspectives from our Oxford community, and beyond, to unpack this topic. These two sessions are:
Agents of Change: Aligning system perspectives for action
Wednesday, 15 April, 2:00pm-3:30pm BST
Intractable problems such as climate change and poverty are beyond the capacity of any single actor or agent to solve. Vague statements such as ‘Everything is interconnected’ and ‘Collaborate more actively’ fail to provide actionable guidance. The session explores different perspectives of actors and facilitates conversations of systems change among them. This 90-minute workshop engages social entrepreneurs, funders, non-profits and social movements, governments, private companies, and network hubs. Participants will explore diverse perspectives towards their shared problem, their dependence and expectations of each other, and close-the-distance that separates them.
Cultivating System Leaders for an Age of Pandemics: Using the lens of leadership lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic
Tuesday, 14 April, 2:00pm-3:30pm BST
In a crisis, leadership matters. But as the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of our social and economic systems, it also laid bare that our traditional conceptions of leadership are no longer fit for purpose. A year on, the responses from governments, businesses and communities demonstrated a multitude of leadership styles. Where have we gotten it right and where have things gone dangerously wrong? How can we reimagine leadership for an age of pandemics?
In this session we engage in a critical conversation about the current leadership crisis. Considering perspectives of current leaders and those who train leaders, we explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes that define the system leaders we need for this decisive decade.
Join the virtual Skoll World Forum as a global platform for learning, sharing work and, ultimately, advancing social change. With renewed calls for equity and progress amid a continuing pandemic, active participation is more important than ever. Register for your virtual seat here.