The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Scaling the Message: Social Entrepreneurs Leveraging the Media with Susan King (Moderator) and panelists Sally Osberg, Peter Gabriel and John Podesta.
Peter Gabriel has earned a worldwide reputation for his innovative work as a musician, writer, and video producer. In 1975, he started his solo career after leaving the band he co-founded, Genesis. He went on to release eleven albums. In 1986, he won the first of his four Grammys with his album So.
In 1980, Peter Gabriel co-founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), bringing together traditional and modern music, arts, and dance from every corner of the globe. In 1987, he established Real World Studios, which later became the base for Real World Records, a label dedicated to recording and promoting a wide range of different artists from around the world.
Peter is deeply committed to human rights. His involvement in benefit concerts for Amnesty International and the anti-apartheid movement has greatly assisted human rights efforts worldwide. He brought increased awareness to racism in South Africa when he wrote and performed 'Biki,' a tribute to Steven Biko.
After conversations with frontline activists around the world while on the road with the Amnesty/Reebok Human Rights Now! Tour in 1989, Peter recognized the need to supply those who seek to defend rights with the technology to be able to do so. This resulted in co-founding the organization WITNESS, a pioneer in the use of video and technology to fight for human rights.
Susan Robinson King
Susan Robinson King is vice president, external affairs, director of Journalism Initiative, Special initiatives and Strategy. She is responsible for the Corporation's relations with outside groups and devising strategies to ensure the Corporation's work has an impact on society. She oversees the Corporation's communications including its publications, web site and media and dissemination grant program. She leads the Corporation's Journalism Initiative, begun in 2005, which focuses on university based journalism education, its role in America's research universities, in preparing the next generation of media leaders and its commitment to strengthening journalism's seminal position in a democratic society. She spent twenty years as a journalist covering national and international issues and before joining the foundation served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Labor.
As CEO and President of the Skoll Foundation, Sally Osberg leads the organization's team in advancing systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs.
A leader in the social sector for more than 20 years, she was formerly Executive Director of the Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) of San Jose, which she guided from its inception to national recognition. She sits on the boards of CDM, the John Gardner Center and the Oracle Education Foundation.
Ms. Osberg earned her M.A. in literature from the Claremont Graduate School and her B.A. in English from Scripps College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. The American Leadership Forum has awarded her the John Gardner Leadership Award, and the San Jose Mercury News has recognized her as one of the individuals who have shaped and led Silicon Valley.
John D. Podesta
John Podesta is Chair of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Under his leadership American Progress has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.
Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary.
Podesta served as co-chair of President Barack Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.
Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).
He is currently serving on the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.