Jeff Skoll Profiled in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Our founder and chairman, Jeff Skoll, is profiled in the current edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The interview provides a good overview of Jeff’s commercial (Participant Media) and philanthropic (Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund) work, and how he aligns both behind his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. It’s a unique model.

You can read the article here.

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Talking Nuclear Safety and the Upcoming Nuclear Security Summit

This video highlights the leaders of two Skoll Global Threats Fund grantees, the Ploughshares Fund and the Fissile Materials Working Group, talking about the risk of nuclear terrorism and the challenges of protecting nuclear fuel supplies.  Joe Cirincione provides a good overview of the threat and Alexandra Toma outlines the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit that will take place in Seoul, Korea, at the end of March.  Joe starts at about 5 minutes in, Alex at around 15 minutes in.

2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit: A Policy Discussion from The Korea Society on Vimeo.

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Smallpox vs. air pollution

Since pandemics and climate change are two of the issues we tackle here at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, I found this cartoon, received via a Center for American Progress email, appropriate.  It begs a fairly sad question.  We succeeded in eliminating smallpox, a horrible disease which killed hundreds of millions of people – from pharaohs to kings to commoners –  since ancient times.  Yet we can’t solve air pollution and climate change, problems we’ve created ourselves since the industrial revolution?  Ironic….

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