On the Same Page is a special column by Janiece Evans-Page, head of Fossil Foundation. Here, she examines the organizations, people and insights that approach the system of change the same way we do.
I can still feel the reverberations from another inspiring week at The Skoll World Forum, a gathering of the world’s top innovators in social change.
Events like the Skoll World Forum are so essential to our work. Tackling the challenges facing today’s youth is incredibly rewarding—but there’s always more to learn. The energy, ingenuity and inspiration from the Skoll Forum help us deepen our understanding of the space.
We had an opportunity to catch up with leaders from our tireless partner organizations, including Educate Girls, Camfed and College Summit. It was gratifying to hear that young people—the very beneficiaries we aim to empower—are taking the reins and driving innovation. College Summit shared the progress they’ve made with their re-energized Peer Leader model, which is empowering a growing number of high school students to help their peers get to and through college. Camfed also reported that they are continuing to scale the number of young people who are returning to their community as leaders through their powerful alumnae network, Cama. These disruptive changes will impact generations to come.
This brings me to another topic that kept coming up during our week at the Skoll World Forum: sustainability. We spent a good deal of time with sustainability leaders, particularly within the corporate community. Our discussions went beyond transparency in the supply chain or the welfare of factory workers. We examined corporate engagement with NGOs and social innovators to identify best practices and create new opportunities.
After meeting with senior leaders from several major corporations, we’re pleased to report that we’re in good company. The private sector is more engaged in social change than ever! We left Oxford feeling even more motivated to bring high-impact change to young people around the world.
Head of Fossil Foundation