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Darren Walker addresses the closing plenary at the Skoll World Forum

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Darren Walker, discussing the art of change at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford on April 17:

“The arts are an indispensable ingredient in the recipe for progress and change.

Apart from generating economic value, the arts and culture create economies of empathy. And because of that, we have seen them play an integral part in building a wide range of social movements, from the civil rights movement to the Arab Spring.

Artists challenge the status quo and give voice to those left out and left behind. Artists imagine a better world and inspire others to join in building it. They move us to hope, joy, compassion, resolve and, ultimately, action.”