Jason Saul is the founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, a strategy consulting firm that helps its clients create value through social change. Here he writes about five takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum:
The Skoll World Forumâ€”an amazing alchemy of the worldâ€™s greatest social entrepreneurs, big thinkers, financiers, philanthropists, and academicsâ€”is often a zeitgeist of the latest thinking in the social sector, and this year didnâ€™t disappoint. While the officially programmed theme of the conference was â€œflux,â€ the real themes played out in informal hallway chatter, over drinks with colleagues at the Oxford Retreat pub, and in the Twittersphere.
Having participated in a number of these informal â€œsessionsâ€â€”in addition to moderating a formal oneâ€”I sat down to consider what I heard. Here are my five main takeaways:
1. Itâ€™s OK to make an economic return from solving social problems.
2. Measurement is no longer optional.
3. Weâ€™re in an age of social entrepreneurship 2.0.
4. Itâ€™s cool to be corporate.
5. People want to move the needle.
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