Stephan Chambers & Jim DeMartini | 2018 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship | SkollWF 2018

Stephan Chambers & Jim DeMartini | 2018 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship | SkollWF 2018


(audience applauds) – Hello again. I am not Sally Osberg. (audience laughs) – Nor am I Stephan Chambers. – Diligent students of our
program will have spotted that we’re not supposed to be here. We started five minutes of this evening to say a couple things
about the evening’s host, Sally Osberg. (audience cheers and applauds) Sally spends her time honoring others. (audience laughs) Deflecting praise and attention. And we snuck out here to change that and to say why we think she’s amazing. And we decided that what Sally really, really needed was men with matching hair (audience laughs) telling her stuff she already knows. (audience laughs) (audience applauds) Sally is a remarkable host
of this amazing event. And you’ve known her for a long time, some of you have known
her for as long as I have. And there’s a lot of talk in our world about changing the world. But I just want to say a few things about how Sally has changed the world. 15 years of this forum, 106 Skoll awardees, thousands of people working
in this system at this forum. Millions of people who’s
lives have been changed. I could go on, I could go on
and list the numerous ways in which she’s extraordinary
professionally. But instead, I’m going
to list a few reasons why I think I love Sally. I love Sally because I know smart people who can’t get it right emotionally. And I know emotional people, you can’t get it right rationally. I don’t know very many people who are as emotionally atuned and as smart and who’s judgment I value as much as I value Sally’s. (audience applauds) I love her for her fierce compression. I love her even though
she once moved my notes from that podium over there. And I walked out to
find absolutely nothing. (audience laughs) Except all of you in front of me. And me supposed to be making sense. I love her because she knows how to laugh and why to cry. I know these things about Sally. And I now risk becoming
excessively emotional. And this is by the way what we look like in this our country when
we’re excessively emotional. (audience laughs and applauds) So thank you Sally, I love you. And I’m gonna hand over now to one of Jeff and Sally’s closest friends. Foundation board member
and possessor of very, very fine hair, Jim DeMartini.
(audience laughs and applauds) – Well better that we have
the hair we do than not. (audience laughs) I’m honored to be here
tonight representing Jeff, the Foundation Board and
the Jeff Skoll group family of organizations of which there are many. And my first responsibility is to read to you a letter from Jeff. A letter by the way, he
was editing last night. So if i get a word wrong here
and there you’ll know why. And it says, “Dear friends, greetings to all of you in Oxford. I’m sad that I cannot be with you but I had a serious back surgery last week and I’ve added to the medal
collection in my back. One day some future
Tomb Raider will stumble across what is left of
me and make a fortune. (audience laughs) Titanium is the new gold. (audience laughs) This is the first Skoll World
Forum that I have missed. And I’m doubly sad as
this is the final forum with Sally at the helm. I hope you would agree with me that Sally has done an incredible job at the forum all these years. And it is hard to imagine
this forum without her. I recall when Sally agreed
to become the leader of the Skoll Foundation in 2001. Who knew what these past
17 years would bring? Sally started with was then
called The Skoll Community Fund, a donor advised fund housed at the Community
Foundation Silicon Valley. Sally had a giant staff of
one person, Cristina Yoon who we’re all happy to
tell you is still with us. (audience cheers and applauds) One of the first things
Sally did was take me to meet her mentor, John Gardener, the man who had introduced
the Great Society Programs in America when he served
under president Lyndon Johnson. I asked John what he felt
we could do and John said, “Bet on good people doing good things.” We took that as our marching orders and eventually decided that good people doing good things was
a very apt description of the nays in field of
social entrepreneurship. We work with our team and our early board and emerged with a new
name, The Skoll Foundation. And a new mission was social
entrepreneurship at it’s core. Since then Sally has been
an unstoppable driving force in the world of social change. As well as an incredible partner to me as I began my road into philantrophy. What has Sally accomplished? All of you for starters. She helped build a community
that punches above it’s weight. And put’s the entrepreneur
into social entrepreneurship. Sally walks fast, she really
walks fast by the way. (audience laughs) She credits her father, a New Yorker, for encouraging a brisk
pace, no waste to time. Sally is impatient for social change. She sees out there on the horizon. Not only does Sally walk
fast but she also sings loud. Over the years, Sally and
I have adopted Imagine as our go to karaoke song sung together at pub nights here in Oxford. Imagine is the perfect soundtrack for Sally’s leadership
of the Skoll Foundation. She imagined a world if you could, a world that was systematically recognize, lift up, connect and celebrate
social entrepreneurs. I could go on and on as
Sally’s contributions are vast. But time is precious and I promise Sally I would not embarrass her
by going overboard too much. But let me say clearly,
I’m deeply grateful to have had Sally as a pillar for good in my life all these years. Social entrepreneurship will simply not be the same without
her tireless devotion to improving the lives of the vulnerable. Her ability to imagine and act has served as all remarkably well. Don Henley, who co-wrote Hotel California, was at last year’s forum
as many of you know. And as he says in that song, “You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave.” (audience laughs) Really like that song by the way. Sally maybe preparing to checkout as the CEO of the Skoll Foundation but as our friend and treasured
member of this community, she is thankfully not going very far. With all that is going
on in the world today, we need to strengthen all
bonds and forge new ones. Titanium maybe the new gold but Sally is stronger and more precious than either one of them. Much love, Jeff.” (audience applauds) And so I would just like to add a couple of brief comments to that. When you think about
John Gardener’s advice of betting on people doing good things, it’s clear that the
foundation’s very first bet on good people doing
good things was Sally. And when you think back
on the last 17 years of amazing accomplishments
under Sally’s leadership, clearly they followed John
Gardener’s advice to the letter. On a personal level, I’m deeply grateful to Sally
and treasure the partnership that we’ve had for 17 or 18 years. And the friendship that we have and is gonna continue a long
time on into the future. She’s very, very special to me. As you all know, Sally’s
favorite salutation, whenever you get a letter, email, whatever it happens to
be is the word onward. So in true Sally fashion,
I scoured the internet looking for some
appropriate and clever quote that I could use here today. And it’s hard by the way. Didn’t really find
anything that was very good but then I thought about it for a while and I thought that when
you think about Sally and you think about
proximity which is the theme for this year’s Skoll Word Forum, I didn’t need to look on the internet. What I needed to do was look
at John Lennon’s refrain in the song Imagine and
what that refrain says is, “You may say I’m a dreamer
but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us
and the world will be as one.” Does that not describe Sally? Sally, we all love you. We thank you for your vision, your leadership and your friendship. And we’re so happy that
you’re gonna remain proximate and continue to be a guiding
light for our community. Sally can you join us now on stage? (audience cheers and applauds) – I love you. (audience cheers) (hosts laughing) – We’re now gonna take a
couple minute break for Sally. (audience laughs) It’s not on the program either, don’t leave your seats.
– Thank you. It’s hard to be thanked. And it’s I who wants to do the thanking to Jeff for trusting
me all those years ago. To Stephan who’s been my
partner-in-crime all these years. To Jim who’s always been there. To my daughter, Trubercia who’s here. (audience applauds) To our wonderful team
at The Skoll Foundation. To all our partners and
to our wonderful community of people who are building a better world. And I also wanna thank John Lennon. (Stephan and audience laughs) As I was a Beatles fan. (audience laughs) Went to my first concert at 13 I think. – That’s about right, that’s what I did. (audience laughs) – And it is that world. Thank you. – Thank you.
(audience applauds and cheers)

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