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The Forum @ Skoll 2012

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First broadcast:
Saturday 07 April 2012

This week the Forum is in Oxford, at the Skoll World Forum gathering of social entrepreneurs, who seek to transform the world by empowering some of the world's poorer communities.

Social enterprises usually support worthy causes but how can a powerful investor and a vulnerable small business in need of funding really have a partnership of equals?

And how do outside innovators avoid the trap of imposing outside ideas on communities keen to preserve their traditions and their own vision?

Bridget Kendall is joined in on stage at the Saïd Business School by UNICEF’S Geeta Rao Gupta, and two social entrepreneurs, William Foote and Brizio Biondi-Morra. Plus a lively audience ready to share thoughts, doubts and experience.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel


2 items
  • Part 1

    A partnership of equals?

  • Part 2

    Equality in a changing world.

  • Geeta Rao Gupta

    Geeta Rao Gupta

    Geeta Rao Gupta is the Deputy Executive Director (Programmes) at UNICEF with over 20 years of experience in international development programming, advocacy and research. Prior to her UNICEF appointment, she served as a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the president of the International Centre for Research on Women.

    Photo credit: Michael Callopy

  • William Foote

    William Foote

    William Foote is the founder and CEO of Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity by investing in agricultural businesses that build sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Latin America. Previously, William was a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance at Lehman Brothers and a journalist in Mexico and Argentina.

    Photo credit: William Callopy

  • Brizio Biondi-Morra

    Brizio Biondi-Morra

    Brizio Biondi-Morra is the President of Avina, a foundation working in partnership with civil society and business leaders in Latin America on their initiatives toward sustainable development. He is also the Chairman of the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) and the Founder and CEO of ICC, a chemical and paper processing company based in New York.

    Photo credit: Michael Callopy

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