Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Oxford Union Debate: The Role of Universities in Creating Social Impact
This House believes that universities lack the necessary ‘proximity’ to be effective agents of social innovation in the 21st Century
In an era of rapid technological and societal disruption, social innovation and entrepreneurship have emerged as promising approaches to confront 'wicked' problems. The theme of this year’s Skoll World Forum, 'The Power of Proximity', underscores the need for social innovation to come from the ground up.
Universities – long beacons of intellectual inquiry and knowledge generation – have come under criticism for perceived elitism and disengagement from their communities. Recent evidence suggests that universities are lagging behind the private and public sectors in driving social innovation. Has the ivory tower become an iron cage?
Join us for a lively debate in an unparalleled setting—the Oxford Union’s legendary Debating Chamber. Global leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors will engage in a British Parliamentary-style debate.
Speakers for the proposition
- Bill Drayton, Ashoka
- Meagan Fallone, Barefoot College
- Nicola Steuer, School for Social Entrepreneurs
Speakers against the proposition
- Agnes Binagwaho, UGHE
- Ben Nelson, Minerva Project
- Keith Magee, UCL
Audience members will have the opportunity to join the discussion and select the winning team. The debate is certain to be a highlight of Skoll Week 2018.
This event is free and open to the public.
Not in Oxford? No problem, catch the debate live from the chamber via the Skoll Centre Facebook.