Skoll World Forum at Oxford Saïd

Lecture Theatre filled with people during the Skoll World Forum

An annual gathering where the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs and thought leaders come together to exchange ideas for a better world.

About the Skoll World Forum

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The Skoll World Forum is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

The purpose of the event is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.

This event is run by The Skoll Foundation. The Skoll Centre hosts the event at Saïd Business School annually, also running its own 'Ecosystem Events' events alongside it.

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Virtual Skoll World Forum 2020

In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Skoll World Forum Week moved online. While official programming in Oxford was cancelled, over 160 community-hosted public events went virtual from March 30-April 3. The 2020 theme, Collective Strength, felt particularly resonant during this time, as the community came together to connect, inspire and learn from each other. The Skoll Centre hosted four of our own ecosystem events as part of the programme, which are now available to re-watch.

Skoll World Forum 2019

Peter Drobac with a background of greenery, speaking on stage. The image has an orange overlay with the words: "Possibility begins when we refuse to accept injustice"

In April 2019, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship returned to Oxford for its 15th year.

The Forum has grown from a humble delegacy of 250 to 1200, thanks to The Skoll Foundation whose expert curation made this the largest and most diverse Skoll World Forum yet. Not to mention all those who flock to Oxford for the many fringe events that happen during Skoll week. The theme for 2019 was Accelerating Possibility. Peter Drobac had the privilege of raising the curtain at the Opening Plenary. ‘Social entrepreneurship begins with a recognition of possibility, a way to overcome an obstacle, breaking a vicious cycle, exposing an injustice.’ Peter told the New Theatre audience, ‘accelerating possibility begins when we refuse to accept an unjust status quo.’

 

Perspectives from the Forum

Each year the Skoll Centre invites a small number of Oxford students to the Skoll World Forum. During this time they share their unique perspectives of the sessions and events that unfold during this magical time in Oxford. Read a select view from 2019.