I had just come back from a 2005 international conference on major world issues, where the consensus on climate change was that we did not have to worry for another 50 years. Then I returned to Los Angeles and attended a presentation by Al Gore at CAA.Al’s now-famous slideshow on the climate made me realize we needed to act immediately to mitigate the damage to come. I had created Participant Media a year earlier to get people involved in the...
Jeff Skoll decided from the outset to dedicate Participant Media to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. While sustainability is a slow-going goal, he certainly has the attention of a grateful public.
His belief that a story well told can change the world has led to the production of more than 80 full-length narrative and documentary films, among which are these multiple-award nominees and winners: “Spotlight,” netting the company’s first Best Picture Oscar, “Bridge of Spies,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Lincoln,” “The Help,” and “Good Night and Good Luck.” Its documentaries include “The Look of Silence,” “The Cove,” “Food Inc.,” “He Named Me Malala,” “CITIZENFOUR,” “Waiting for Superman,” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”
This kind of success would be enough for plenty of production execs, but Skoll spreads his philanthropy to other causes as well. His innovative portfolio of enterprises are coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella, and include the Skoll Foundation, supporting social entrepreneurs in solving pressing world problems; Skoll Global Threats Fund, with a focus on conditions like climate change, water security and nuclear proliferation; and Capricorn Investment Group, which invests in breakthrough solutions to world problems to affect lasting change while delivering a financial return.