Social Business Day 2014 Part-1
The 5th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre was held on June 28, 2014 on the theme of “We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers-- Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship” at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka.
This gathering is an opportunity to meet, connect, discuss and collaborate with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society's most pressing problems. The focus of this year's day is on tackling youth unemployment through social business.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus hosted the event and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights joined the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.
The event was attended by more than 1,000 participants, among them, 275 international participants from 31 countries including Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America (former global CEO of Avon), two delegations comprising 46 members from China, a 43 member delegation led by Danone Communities from France, a 15-delegation led by Grameen Credit Agricole, a 30-member delegation from Taiwan, high-level representatives from NABARD, Tata Steel, Bajaj group from India, among many others.
A social business design lab session was held during the event where social businesses from five countries has presented. There was a Social Business Marketplace showcasing social businesses from around the world.
There was a special circus performance by Phare Social Business Circus from Cambodia which trains street children to become modern circus artists.
There were six concurrent panel sessions organized which includes "Academic World: What’s coming up next,” “Fighting Unemployment with Social Business: Nobin Udyokta Initiatives of Grameen Companies”, “Innovative Financing for Social Business: Example of Crowd Funding, Loan Guarantees and Others”, “Social Business Pedia”, “Introducing Some Interesting Social Business around the World” and “Social Business in Marketing”.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Airport Road, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka