Collaborative action at Skoll World Forum

Collaborative action at Skoll World Forum

2011-04-04

APOPO's HeroRATs were represented by our founder, Bart Weetjens, at this year's Skoll World Forum (SWF) in Oxford, UK, where in 2009 APOPO won the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Each year, SWF social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and representatives from various governments and industry leaders, come together in Oxford to discuss innovative solutions to the world's most pressing humanitarian concerns. The theme for 2011's SWF was 'Large Scale Change - ecosystems, networks and collaborative action'.

In the words of founder Jeff Skoll, who happened to mention APOPO's big, big rats in his opening speech: "A key imperative of the Skoll World Forum is to cultivate the collaborations and grow the networks that will propel these social entrepreneurs and their innovations to global impact."

With the Skoll Foundation's support, our innovative HeroRATs are already making their mark on a global platform. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on inspiring collaborative action that helps to further the reach of our humanitarian efforts and achieve social transformation in the communities we serve.

While at SWF, Bart was interviewed by TrustLaw about the ideas behind APOPO and how our HeroRATs can help to solve pressing humanitarian challenges. TrustLaw compiled Bart's perspectives, along with snapshots of 10 other 'big thinkers' as a way to present the state of social entrepreneurship in 2011. Click here to view the interview.


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