At the Skoll World Forum at Oxford, always one of my favourite events of the year. This year, I twinned my visit with the UK launch of The Design of Business, held on Tuesday evening. We held a panel discussion with Tyler Brulé (of Monocle Magazine and FT fame) and Lucy Kimball, a terrific design professor at the Said School at Oxford. It was great fun. I love talking about design in business with such terrific thinkers.
The SWF this year is about leveraging change through collaboration, a terrific topic near and dear to my heart. Yesterday I speechified three times – too many for a shy Dean – but it was fun. I gave a workshop on Integrative Thinking to a group of the Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs). Just spending 90 minutes with that talented and committed group makes me cheery about the world’s prospects. I then spoke at Canada Day at the SWF and Jeff Skoll dropped by for my talk, which was nice.
Today was about listening not talking, so I had fun. This morning’s best panel was on the neuroscience of change featuring four guys with giant brains, sharp wits and minimal ego. It was a pleasure.
Tonight we honor this year’s seven SASEs. I am enthusiastic about this group (just like every other year) and am proud to have been one of the board members who chose them. One, Molly Melching, Founder of Tostan, makes me cry every time she talks about her work. She has figured out a consultative process that, one village at a time, is ending female genital mutilation in Africa. She is changing the world and she is awesome.