Partnership for Change 2012
by Scott London
I’m back from a week in Oslo, Norway, where I was invited to emcee the Partnership For Change conference for the second year. The event brings together world-class thinkers and practitioners in the field of social entrepreneurship.
In just two years, it’s established itself as the biggest of its kind in Scandinavia, a coming together of business leaders, foundation executives, government officials, grassroots activists, and social innovators of all kinds.
Among the highlights for me was getting to spend time with some of my longtime heroes, such as Ashoka founder Bill Drayton (the man widely credited with having invented the concept of social entrepreneurship), and Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire, winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.
Video from the event was streamed live and you can view the complete footage in the Partnership for Change media archive.
Here are some photos from the event:
Oslo’s remarkable Opera House, site of the 2012 Partnership for Change conference.
I always love mingling with great people between the sessions.
As emcee, I presented the speakers in the general sessions and tried to keep things moving along smoothly.
A view from the main stage of the Opera House.
I’ve always felt that the best emcee is the one you can’t remember when the event is over.
Here I talk with Jonas Borgchgrevink, a young Norwegian entrepreneur, about his start-up MyGoodAct.com. (You can watch this on YouTube.)
Sitting down with Mairead Maguire, winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, after one of the panels.
A panel discussion with Bay Fang, Marcus Bleasdale, and Kathrine Aspaas on “The Changing Role of the Media.”