More than 550 participants attended the Global Social Business Summit 2012 to explore the theme Power of Innovation – To Change the World. The summit was hallmarked by its innovative formats applying the “Swarm Works” tool in utilizing the knowledge and expertise of every single participant at a time.
In a common effort participants worked on action plans to increase the social impact through social business addressing the following key questions: How to create jobs for 7 billion people on the planet? What needs to be done to foster a global network for social business? How can we better attract investors for social business? What should be the role of governments in social business? How can we leverage the use of new technology for social business? How can we use the potential of young people for social business?
After those work loaded and impactful days the summit was rounded up with a joyful YY Party to network and celebrate another successful Global Social Business Summit. The results from the summit can be reviewed in the Follow-up Report.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS AMAZON SOCIAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE BY STATE VICE-GOVERNOR, MR. HELENILSON PONTES
The Yunus Amazon Social Business Initiative was launched by State Vice-Governor, Mr. Helenilson Pontes during the Global Social Business Summit 2012. It is a concrete step to take the social business idea to the Brazilian Amazon region.
Realizing the potential contribution that social business can make to solve many of the social problems faced by poor people in the Amazon rainforest, Prof. Muhammad Yunus invited the Government of Pará State to participate in the Global Social Business Summit and challenged them to become the “first social business state in Brazil”. Pará is the second largest state in the Brazilian Amazon. “Because social businesses are sustainable by definition, we believe we can create a truly sustainable social business economy in the Amazon based on the sustainable use of some components of our biodiversity such as fruits, oils, nuts, medicinal plants, and other non-wood forest products.
Ultimately, we believe we can add an environmental dimension to the concept of social business in order to solve many of our problems at the same time: reduce poverty, create green jobs, generate sustainable local income, and promote environmental conservation, among others”, said Mr. Pontes. The Yunus Amazon Social Business Initiative also includes promoting the social business idea to the nine states in the Brazilian Amazon and encouraging them to design and implement social business initiatives with an environmental approach.
BCG STUDY ON GRAMEEN SOCIAL BUSINESSES IN BANGLADESH
In 2012, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a 12-week “lessons learned” project on the Grameen experience in Bangladesh in collaboration with Prof. Yunus, the Yunus Centre and Yunus Social Business. The project’s objectives were to identify and analyze lessons learned on how to build and operate successful social businesses, provide content foundation for a knowledge management system within the Grameen network, and share the lessons learned with the broader community in a subsequent publication.
Excerpts of the results were discussed in the Focus Group “Growing Successful Social Businesses – How to build and scale social businesses” and during a plenary discussion. The full results will be published in a joint report in 2013.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROF. YUNUS AS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
TO THE UNITED POSTCODE LOTTERIES
Prof. Yunus is a new international Goodwill Ambassador to the United Postcode Lotteries. Yunus’ appointment is based on his successful work within social business. “Muhammad Yunus is a pioneer and inspiration within social business. His ability to create economic and social development at grassroots level demonstrates the strength of social entrepreneurship,” said Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, CEO of the Swedish Postcode Lottery.
The Postcode Lottery is the world’s third largest private donor to charitable causes, and has donated 5,4 billion Euros to good causes since its start in 1989. The Lottery’s vision is to help build a better world by donating all its profits to the Lottery’s beneficiaries. The United Postcode Lotteries’ Goodwill Ambassadors are all linked with philanthropy. They help to spread the news of the projects for a better world that the Lottery supports. Other international Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Postcode Lotteries include Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF YUNUS + YOU – THE YY FOUNDATION
The Yunus + You – YY Foundation is a not-for profit organization founded in 2012 with the main purpose of creating a fairer and more social world through the social and economic integration of the least advantaged.
The Foundation’s main activities include: cooperating with educational institutions to spread the social business concept, supporting social business events, developing a platform towards a more social world: supporting activities such as social business competitions, scholarships, internships and fellowships , encouraging youth welfare, supporting local social initiatives, supporting the economic and social development of the least advantaged citizens through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives towards the reduction of poverty.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF MYHARAPAN
TO HOST THE GLOBAL SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN 2013 IN KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA
Nurfarini Daing, CEO of myHarapan announced its partnership with The Grameen Creative Lab and Prof. Yunus to host the Global Social Business Summit 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For the first time the Global Social Business Summit will be held outside of Europe and we are truly excited for this great opportunity to spread social business around the globe!