Sally Osberg ― Defining The Social In Social Entrepreneurship

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Photo Credit: Archive, Skoll.Org

Photo Credit: Archive, Skoll.Org

“It’s impossible for any of us to thrive without understanding how connected we are.”

As the pioneering CEO of the Skoll Foundation and Founder of the Skoll World Forum, Sally Osberg works together with Jeff Skoll and their teams to foster a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Investing nearly $400M in social entrepreneurs and innovators for scaling impact, Sally is a master at catalyzing positive systemic change.

Valued for her insight, Sally is an advisor to The Elders and a Founding Board Member of the Social Progress Imperative and Index. She also serves on the boards of the Oracle Education Foundation and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development. Sally has been named a “Millenium 100” for her leadership shaping Silicon Valley, and a NonProfit Times Top 50 Power and Influence awardee.

Not surprisingly, Sally has played a key leadership role advancing and sustaining the broader ecosystem of Skoll initiatives since the foundation’s inception. Prior, she was the founding Executive Director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and active as a director on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the American Leadership Forum, and Women and Philanthropy, among others.

Co-author of Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, Sally offers genius insight on what it really takes to solve the world’s most pressing problems on the ground. In this interview, Sally speaks to the restorative leadership practice of deep understanding for transformative results, and sheds light on the power of proximity.

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Accelerate Positive Impact

Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions, and information.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.


In this compelling book, strategy guru Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally R. Osberg describe how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. All of these leaders—call them disrupters, visionaries, or changemakers—develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.