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Skoll Awards For Social Entrepreneurship


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The Foundation’s vision is to empower people to create a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable world. The Award supports social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of the time. These challenges include environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security. The Awards are designed for leaders who contribute value to a peer network committed to continuous learning. Social entrepreneurs that meet the Organization’s criteria for the awards can be characterized by their ability to recognize an “unjust equilibrium” that leads to the exclusion, marginalization, or suffering of vulnerable members of our society. They also are able to identify an opportunity within this unjust equilibrium to change the existing system and, through inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage, and fortitude implement a better solution. Skoll Award winners can also demonstrate potential to scale up their innovation until they have replaced the old system with a new, stable environment that alleviates the suffering of the targeted group and creates a better future. The $1,000,000 award is paid out over three years.

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