Global Entrepreneurship Week: Highlights from Emerge 2015
Posted on: 19 November 2015
It is currently Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of the ideas, leadership and potential of entrepreneurs around the world. It seems fitting that we use this time to showcase the highlights from Emerge 2015, which took place at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, on 7-8th November.
This year, Emerge – co-designed by Student Hubs and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship – brought together over 550 people and 60 organisations interested in, and actively creating, positive change through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Across the weekend, 68 speakers facilitated 27 sessions on topics ranging from the definition of a “good leader” to the art and science of effective storytelling.
The keynote speeches were given by Sir Tim Smit, Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of the Eden Project; James Brett, Founder of Plant for Peace; and Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson at UNHCR. Other notable sessions included a workshop on Human Centred Design, led by the team at frog, and a masterclass from Professor Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation, on using emotion to generate transformational change.
Offline and online conversations connected participants from across the globe, with over 1,950 tweets reaching more than 1.7 million Twitter users. To catch up with the action, read the latest from Ellie Ward at Pioneers Post and take a look at our Storify:
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