The Skoll World Forum: Uncommon Heroes
The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by connecting, and celebrating and investing in social entrepreneurs and other innovators who are dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. One major catalyst for this idea exchange and networking is the Skoll World Forum, held annually at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. This April, a short film in the Forum’s “Uncommon Heroes” series premiered in the historic Sheldonian Theatre, highlighting the work of Fair Trade, TransFair USA and Skoll winner Paul Rice. We’re pleased to share it with you!In 2005, Paul Rice, TransFair USA President and CEO, was recognized with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The financial support that came with the award and subsequent grants gave us critical funding to scale up operations and increase impact. Since receiving the Skoll award, we have more than doubled the additional income earned by farmers and farm workers from the U.S. Fair Trade market and introduced six new product categories. Thanks to Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, and their staff, the Skoll Foundation “family” is encouraged to connect and collaborate.We are deeply grateful for the Skoll Foundation’s support, and proud to be a member of the visionary community of Skoll social entrepreneurs.