2014 in Mexico, we were challenged by the Young Challengers to go green for the 7th Edition of the Global Social Business Summit in Berlin. As agents of change, we could not be more thrilled to announce our efforts to make this event sustainable. Our goal is to make the preparation of the GSBS transparent so we can share our efforts to place the environment at the heart of the event.
Making this event inclusive is key to making it successful. Our voices have different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and insights that together create the quality of the content of the GSBS and help us develop social business ideas to produce sustainable change. In a world with inequalities, some of the most important voices are cut out. This is why this year we offer 100€ tickets to participants from Least Developed Countries based on application. We have created a GSBS fund where GSBS participants can support the inclusiveness of this event during their registration.
If you are a social business entrepreneur currently living in a Least Developed Country, you are encouraged to apply for a GSBS 100€ Ticket under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Impact measurement is high on our agenda. We are determined to foster long-lasting relationships between participants and make the closing of the Summit the beginning of great ideas for social businesses rather than the end of them. Using impact measurement tools for the GSBS will identify the progress of the social business movement, along with our strengths and areas of improvement.
The Grameen Creative Lab is partnering with the University of Marburg to assess the social impact of 7 years of GSBS in an independent research project. The research group will apply a mixed-methods approach gathering both qualitative and quantitative data. The following sub-questions guide the research:
- What is the significance of temporal platforms like the GSBS to promote the exchange of knowledge, collaboration and network creation?
- What is the qualitative and quantitative impact of 7 years of GSBS?
- How can organizations like the GCL contribute to the global spread of Social Business?