Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Skoll World Forum Social Entrepreneur's Song

One of the great memories I have of last week's Skoll World Forum is Willy Foote of Root Capital kicking off the Skoll Convening (the grantee meeting just before the Forum) with this ash-cloud inspired song:

“Floating in this Cloud”

How can I scale the impact of my work?
Should I partner or go it alone?
How many funders do I really need?
And how many miles have I flown?

Yes, and does it make sense, to hire a COO
Given how much this outfit has grown.

The answers, for now, are floating in this cloud
The answers are floating in this cloud

How can I find the kind of hires that I need
Before we all just explode?
How can I build a strong culture for us all
Before we burn out from overload?

Yes and how many times must I change my strategy
Before I get on a steady road

The answers, for now, are floating in this cloud
The answers are floating in this cloud
(Repeat)

And when will I know my work has been done
That the impact will forever be
How will I measure my mark on the world
That it not be just part of marketing

Yes and can I admit that my metrics were wrong
And if not, can I distract you with this song

The answers, for now, are floating in this cloud
The answers are floating in this cloud
(Repeat)


To the tune of Blowin' in the Wind
Lyrics credit: Willy Foote and Laura Vais

Channeling the real world challenges of social entrepreneurs!

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