Skoll Foundation TEDx Global Partnership

In a new three-year partnership starting in 2017, the Skoll Foundation will support the TEDx network of curators and conveners who are strengthening community and civic discourse in 170+ countries around the world.

The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs who transform our world for the better. By purposefully connecting TEDx organizers and Skoll's communities, platforms and insights, our goal is to improve society on a local-to-global scale with ideas worth spreading.

About the partnership

Over the next three years, we will collaborate on activations around the world including:


Skoll Foundation is a Major Partner of TEDFest—a first of its kind live simulcast experience for the flagship TED conference—exclusively created for TEDx organizers. Hosted in Brooklyn, New York, where over 500 TEDx organizers from 61 countries convene for a week of TED Talks, knowledge sharing, connection, workshops and parties.


TEDxSkoll invites new audiences to hear from social entrepreneurs and other innovators about the most important issues of our time. While the Skoll World Forum is an invitation-only event, TEDxSkoll welcomes 500+ members of the Oxford community to join participants and speakers from across the UK and the globe to engage in rich dialogue, forge connections, and seize on the energy sparked by the Skoll World Forum in Oxford. We believe that innovative approaches to social change are ideas worth spreading, and are excited to annually host social entrepreneurs alongside leaders from technology, entertainment, design and beyond to celebrate the ideas that do—or can—change the world.


The Skoll Foundation is an official partner of TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. Its support will enable TEDx organizers to attend the conference under full scholarship, as well as connecting our global community at workshops and celebrations that focus on the bright ideas that are driving the continent forward.

About the Skoll Foundation

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive truly transformative change—equilibrium change—by supporting the social entrepreneurs who recognize the systems in need of change and then advance social progress by developing powerful models for change that disrupt a suboptimal status quo and transform our world for the better.

By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and fundamentally improve society on a local to global scale. The Skoll Foundation has invested approximately $400 million worldwide, including the Skoll Award to 122 social entrepreneurs and 100 organizations on five continents.

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