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2011年7月13日 星期三,Saskia Bruysten <info@grameencl.com> 寫道﹕

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主題: The Grameen Creative Lab – Newsletter June 2011
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日期: 2011年7月13日,星期三,下午11:49

The Grameen Creative Lab is passionate about social business. We hope that you are too. Check out what we have been up to lately! 
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Dear friend of social business,

  The Grameen Creative Lab has been actively spreading the social business virus also this month…and we hope many more people will catch on!
 
Inside this month’s issue:  

  1. Bangladesh: Social business facing legal hurdle in Bangladesh, 8.3 million borrower-owners still at stake
  2. Social Business Day 2011 was celebrated in Dhaka and around the world
  3. India: YY Mumbai identifies social business opportunities for India & Bangladesh
  4. Colombia: The Caldas OpenIDEO challenge continues in the “concepting phase”
  5. GCL spreads idea of social business at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) conference
  6. GCL signs Memorandum of Understanding with Architecture for Humanity
  7. Social Business Academia Meeting to be held in Vienna on November 9th
  8. Save the date: Upcoming events in 2011

We are looking forward to an exciting summer full of more social business activities!

  We invite you to get involved in our projects by contacting:

  Mr. Hans Reitz (Co-Founder)                                         hans.reitz@grameencl.com
Ms. Saskia Bruysten (Founding Member, CEO)        saskia.bruysten@grameencl.com

  We look forward to working together with you!

  Do it with joy!

  The Grameen Creative Lab


Bangladesh: Social business facing legal hurdle in Bangladesh, 8.3 million borrower-owners still at stake

  • German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel, and Andris Piebalgs, the European Union Commissioner for Development, visited Bangladesh’s Finance Minister Ama Muhith.
  • The German Minister raised the issue that German companies investing in social business in Bangladesh were facing legal hurdles.
  • After the meeting, the Finance Minister of Bangladesh said that the Bangladeshi government was considering ways to address the issue.
  • As you know, Prof. Yunus has been the target of a smear campaign, leading him to step down as a Managing Director of the Grameen Bank.
  • Both the independence of 8.3 million poor borrower-owners of Grameen Bank is at stake, as well as the independence of approximately 40 other Grameen companies. The Bangladeshi government has shown interest in taking these over.
  • If you want to support Prof. Yunus, you can do any of the following:
    • Join the Facebook groups: Support Yunus (7,100 members) and Unite for Yunus (5,627 members)
    • Post tweets on Twitter
    • Write Op-Eds for your local newspaper
    • Rally Bangladeshi expat communities in your country
    • Get in touch with influential friends to raise awareness

Social Business Day 2011 was celebrated in Dhaka and around the world

  • June 28th 2011 was not only Prof. Yunus’ birthday but also the second Worldwide Social Business Day.
  • Social business day in Dhaka: The Yunus Centre organized a fantastic social business day event with speeches, panel discussions, a booming marketplace of social businesses and lots of supporters and social business aficionados from all over the world! This year’s theme was ‘Achieving the Millennium Development Goals through Social Business’ and the event was attended by over 500 national and international social business enthusiasts
  • Hans Reitz and the YY Mumbai team were in Dhaka to celebrate Social Business Day with Prof. Yunus!
  • Huzaifa Khorakhiwala, GCL´s ambassador in India, organized a great video interaction between Prof. Yunus and about 10 universities across India. This session was attended by students from universities across Bangladesh who joined their Indian counterparts in energetically asking Prof. Yunus many questions on social business.
  • Social Business Day 2011 online: The Grameen Creative Lab team in Wiesbaden also celebrated the day and organized an online event. It included five live streams from the danone.communities in Senegal, China, France, Cambodia, and India as well as live sessions with Grameen Caldas and the GCL team in Wiesbaden. Additionally, people from all over the world including Japan, Singapore, China, France, the UK, the US, Senegal, Peru, Scotland, amongst others sent in hundreds of pictures, video messages, comments, and questions on the GCL website and Facebook group – you can see the pictures here.
  • If you missed out on any of the day’s events go to www.grameencreativelab.com/wsbd2011 where you can find the videos and recordings of live streams as well as a slideshow of the contributions.

India: YY Mumbai identifies social business opportunities for India & Bangladesh

  • Many people from India actively celebrated Social Business Day with pictures, videos and dedications pouring onto the Grameen Creative Lab website. These included Oscar-nominated film director, Shekhar Kapur, Don Bosco Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai declaring social business year at their campus, students from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies sending in pictures, an entrepreneur from Auroville dedicating his permaculture-based social business to Prof. Yunus, a young and upcoming film maker promising to create a “YY” video to release later in the year, among many others.
  • Grameen Shakti: The YY Mumbai gang and a team of renewable energy experts from India did detailed site visits and meetings with Grameen Shakti in Bangaldesh. We are now in the process of creating a business plan for adaptation of this model into India. We welcome interested partners and investors to join us in this venture. Please contact Aarti.wig@grameencl.com to find out more.
  • YY Matrishakti: YY Matrishakti is a team of young entrepreneurs from Rajasthan, India who created a low wattage LED bulb that can be used with solar energy. They are being supported by the Yunus Social Business Fund Mumbai. This was showcased to Prof. Yunus in Dhaka and on his suggestion we are now planning to implement this in Bangladesh in some of the Grameen social businesses there!

Colombia: The Caldas OpenIDEO challenge continues into the “concepting phase” 

  • Grameen Caldas: We are currently redirecting our energy towards finding corporate and organizational partners. We have established contacts with many large players in Colombia and Caldas and have great hopes to find investors for the Caldas projects.
  • Strategy design: Thanks to our teams of volunteers, we are conducting extensive research in the areas of health, nutrition, education and housing in Caldas in order to define an investment strategy.
  • OpenIDEO: The Challenge continues! The ‘Concepting’ phase was launched on Social Business Day, June 28. The members of this virtual community are now working together to design social business ideas to help improve health in low-income communities of Caldas.  Through a live stream they had the chance to interact with The Grameen Creative Lab and the Grameen Caldas team, and discuss issues around social business and the situation in Caldas in order to improve their understanding of the context of the challenge, and produce even better ideas! You are all invited to join the Challenge and help make a difference in Caldas. To go to the OpenIDEO challenge click here

GCL spreads idea of social business at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) conference 

  • On June 21st, GCL Country Director Sophie Eisenmann took part in the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) conference “Marginality and extreme poverty – towards inclusive development for and with the poor” at the University of Bonn, Germany.
  • She held a speech about social business, which was followed by a critical but stimulating discussion with the audience
  • The conference was attended by 30 participants coming from development organizations and academia

GCL signs Memorandum of Understanding with Architecture for Humanity

  • Architecture for Humanity (http://architectureforhumanity.org/), with Co-Founder and CEO Cameron Sinclair,  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Grameen Creative Lab
  • With this MoU the two organizations officially agreed to jointly promote areas of common interest such as social business, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and long-term economic development
  • Architecture for Humanity and GCL will explore ways to create synergies and combine self- sustainable business solutions with architecture and design in order to support community development in different countries and regions
  • The Grameen Creative Lab is very much looking forward to working with Architecture for Humanity!

Social Business Academia Meeting to be held in Vienna on November 9th

  • A Social Business Academia Meeting will be held on the day prior to the Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) in Vienna for all interested academics. Its purpose is to give everyone the chance to spend more time networking and sharing ideas, initiatives as well as best practices in research, teaching and practical implementation.
  • The meeting will consist of two parts: there will be a morning session including presentations and Q&A sessions, followed by break-out working sessions in the afternoon.
  • Registration for the meeting will be possible via the GSBS registration process and is only open to academics participanting in the GSBS.
  • For more information please continue to check www.gsbs2011.com

Save the date: Upcoming events in 2011

  Please save the date in your calendars for the following exciting upcoming events in 2011:

  • Social Business Forum Asia // 21-23 July 2011:The first Social Business Forum Asia will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, this July. The GCL team will be in Japan and will share updates and photos on www.grameencreativelab.com/japan2011
  • Academia Meeting // 9 November 2011: All interested academic GSBS participants are invited to register for the Academia Meeting being held one day before the conference. For more information see the newsletter entry above or go to www.gsbs2011.com.
  • Global Social Business Summit // 10-12 November 2011: This year the Global Social Business Summit will move on to a new location in Europe! Save the date for 10-12 November 2011 in Vienna, Austria and check out the official website www.gsbs2011.com. To get an idea of  what happens during GSBS take a look at the video about last year’s summit here

SAVE THE DATE:

* 21 – 23 July 2011
Social Business Forum Asia in Japan

9 November 2011
Academia Meeting

* 10-12 November 2011
Global Social Business Summit in Vienna

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