The 8th Social Business Day ended here on Friday with the participants from different countries exchanging experiences and learning about social business during the two-day event.
The event, annually organised by Yunus Centre, was held this year on the Infosys Electronic City Campus with the theme ‘A World of Three Zeros: Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, Zero Net Carbon Emissions’.
As the enthusiasts and practitioners of social business in this event talked about different issues ranging from grass-roots level to the policymaking one, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus in his closing speech said this is just a beginning. ‘The idea of social business can grow stronger through each individual step and effort of entrepreneurs.’
In the last two days, it came out that all the things considered impossible are not beyond human capacity and redirecting attention can make them possible, he said underscoring the need for unblocking the barriers of people to use their own skills and make their lives better on their own.
‘We owe it to future generations to begin moving towards a world of the three zeros. A new economic system, in which social business and entrepreneurship from all will play an essential role, will enable us to achieve these goals,’ added Professor Yunus.
‘Making money is a piece of paper. Making other people happy is real happiness,’ he said.
During different sessions of the two-day event, speakers sharing their knowledge and experience talked about various possibilities of social business such as Science and Technology for Social Business, Past and Future of Microfinance as Social Business, Corporates in Social Business, Converting Unemployment into Entrepreneurship and Social Business and Sports.
Six simultaneous country forums were held to give opportunities to the countries with large number of delegates to have exclusive conferences of their own for discussing their social business programmes and establishing close contacts enabling participants to plan their social business actions in their own countries and regions.
On the last day of the event, Yunus Social Business India signed a memorandum of understanding with Niti Aayog, a government think tank of India, to collaborate on social business and support young entrepreneurs.
Over 1,200 delegates from 42 countries participated in the Social Business Day, which was designed, like previous years, to exchange experiences and ideas and work on plans to create social businesses that tackle the most pressing problems of society.
BNP Paribas, Tata Steel, Amity University, Round Glass, Microcredit Initiative of Grameen based in Kerala and Nishith Desai Associates extended their support to organise the event.
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