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Listen to our manifesto, read by Laidlaw Foundation CEO, Susanna V. Kempe:

It starts with a belief in the power of education
To reduce poverty
And inequality:
To transform lives.


It is grounded in the incontrovertible truth that every child deserves to
And every pupil has the right to soar over the same high bar,
So we provide ladders and guide ropes and safety nets;
We fill heads and hearts and hands,
Using imagination and determination to realise the future, not repeat the
Neither romanticising nor vilifying
But looking for and at hard truths,
Analysing evidence and outcomes, because expertise is to be valued and impact is key.


It is about innovation and change, with reason, and at pace
Which rebuffs the constraints of bureaucracy and flies in the face of
Not packaging up articulate excuses for under-achieving
But insisting on the possible, with grit and courage;
Seeking ideas from every culture and quarter
Because no one has all the answers
And we are smarter when we look out not in,
When we question and when we share.


It embraces falling down,
because it is a great way to discover better means of jumping up,
faster and higher
To reach for the skies.


It ends with a new generation of truly diverse leaders
Eager to solve the world’s most intractable problems
Fluent in a new alphabet of ethical leadership:
Ambitious, Brave, Curious, Determined, Extraordinary, Fast and Good
Who will not tolerate any form of bias or discrimination
Relentlessly breaking through glass ceilings
And systematically, proactively, pulling others up behind them
To realise their dreams.


The Laidlaw Foundation exists because inspirational education changes lives.

We're looking back at the life of Virgil Abloh, a man dedicated to his craft and to promoting greater #equality in art and design.

While he was #extraordinary, he was also generous. We can honour him by "sending the elevator back down" for others too.

It was such a pleasure to hear Niall explain how the #LSV fund will work and meet so many of our #extraordinary #LaidlawScholars IRL. Special thanks to @FifiFunds and all the other @OxfordSBS Laidlaw Scholars who travelled to the event - it was a total joy to hear your stories.

Laidlaw Foundation@LaidlawFoundatn

Laidlaw Scholars Ventures will be broad in its focus, and will help #GoodBusinesses build their visions and solve modern problems. - Niall Santamaria #LSVlaunch

Thank you to our fabulous team of organizers @EmmaGwinnell, Josh Zhou, and Areesha Siddiqui, for making the launch of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures #LSVLaunch a success!

Thanks to everyone who came to our hybrid event as well 🥳 and don't forget to check out:

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