轉寄︰ The Grameen Creative Lab – Newsletter August 2011

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主題︰ The Grameen Creative Lab – Newsletter August 2011

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,

  After an exciting month of August, we have many news, announcements, and updates we would like to share with you. Please enjoy this issue of our monthly Newsletter and do not hesitate to contact us with questions, comments, and ideas! 

  Inside this month’s issue:  

  1. One Young World announces the One Young World Social Business Fund
  2. GCL co-founder Hans Reitz visits ESMT
  3. The German Social Business Forum expands the community of partners
  4. Colombia: Bienestar wins contest and new pilot projects take shape
  5. India: Exciting new university collaborations
  6. YY Mumbai: IED Students research sanitation problems in Indian schools
  7. Design for Social Business @ the Bombay Hub
  8. Haiti: GCL team looks forward to visit from Prof. Yunus
  9. GCL to teach lecture series at Hult International Business School
  10. Great response for Social innovation and social business workshop at NYU
  11. Save the date: Upcoming events in 2011
Going into September we are heading into a number of new projects at full speed and look forward to tell you all about them in our next issue.

  Until then, 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, Co-CEO)   saskia.bruysten@grameencl.com

We look forward to working together with you!

  Do it with joy!

  The Grameen Creative Lab
 


  One Young World announces the One Young World Social Business Fund
  • On September 3rd, Prof. Muhammad Yunus and The Grameen Creative Lab attended the One Young World Summit in Zurich, the premier global forum for young people of leadership caliber bringing together 1,200 youth ambassadors from over 170 countries.
  • Hans Reitz opened the day with an interactive session on social business which quickly evolved into a vibrant debate with almost 20 delegates actively discussing social business live on stage
  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus closed the day with an inspiring speech that emphasized the unique power that today’s young generation disposes of: “You are the luckiest generation in the entire human history. You don’t believe it, but you are!” Standing ovations and an enormously positive response applauded Prof. Yunus into the night.
  • Deeply touched by the day, the founders of One Young World spontaneously decided to adopt Hans Reitz’ idea of implementing a One Young World Social Business Fund that will help the delegates of next year’s summit to implement the best social business ideas
  • Find out more about the summit and watch a highlight reel at http://www.oneyoungworld.com

 

 GCL co-founder Hans Reitz visits ESMT
  • Hans Reitz gave a presentation on the promise of social business to students of the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin in late August.
  • The ESMT students had been working on a case study about Grameen Shakti and had the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and results with Hans Reitz who gave his feedback at the end of the session.

The German Social Business Forum expands the community of partners
  • As announced in July’s newsletter, the German Social Business Forum 2011 will connect an audience of representatives from politics, academia, business and civil society to develop action plans to rally political support for social business in Germany.
  • Advancing towards the event, The Grameen Creative Lab is now able to announce that the Wiesbaden foundation and the EBS University will contribute to the event by co-inviting and providing speakers for the breakout sessions.
  • Contact us now to register for the German Social Business Forum, 22nd November in Wiesbaden and help us shape the social business landscape in Germany! register@grameencl.com

Colombia: Bienestar wins contest and new pilot projects take shape
  • Bienestar wins a social business contest: Our Pilot Bienestar has just made it to the top of the podium of the Artemisia Social Business Contest. It was selected for the completeness of its business plan and the potential for impact. This social business aims at improving health care access for low-income people in Caldas. Congratulations to the entrepreneurial team!
  • Pilot projects: Grameen Caldas is currently looking for investors to support the implementation of its three pilot projects: Bienestar, Fortified Panela and Como En Casa. Our newest project, Como en Casa, uses a web platform to invite tourist into the homes of low-income people in rural Caldas. Part of the revenues will be reinvested into a home improvement program.
  • Creating Grameen Caldas: Great work has been accomplished by the GCL team in Caldas in order to completely define the structure and functioning of Grameen Caldas.

 India: Exciting new university collaborations
  • YY Mumbai is in talks to be official social  business partner for IIT-Bombay´s well known business plan competition, appearing as a social business avatar (Eureka Social) for the first time this year.
  • We are also in talks with IIT Kharagpur to collaborate on pan India awareness drive on how youth led social business can help India to achieve its Millennium Development Goals.

 YY Mumbai: IED Students research sanitation problems in Indian schools
  • Four students and their coordinator from the IED Design for Social Business (D4SB) joint masters program made the journey to India to understand the context of sanitation problems in India, particularly in schools. The main purpose of their research initiative was to understand how the availability of sanitation facilities affects students’ absenteeism, dropout rates and overall health.
  • They visited schools in both rural and urban India and slums to better assess the problems first hand
  • They then visited NGOs and social businesses to better understand how some of these problems are being solved

 Design for Social Business @ the Bombay Hub
  • YY Mumbai, together with its partner Unlimited India organized a networking session for the IED students to cap off their 2 week India field trip. We had a great line up of expert speakers on education and sanitation including
    • Akhil Shahani, MD of Kaizen PE – Need for investment in education
    • Aditi Thorat, COO of Edelgive Foundation – Need for philanthropy in education
    • Pooja Warier, Director, Unlimited India – Starting an organization
    • Krishna Ramkumar, Founder, Avanti Fellows – Shortcomings of the education system
  • We had over 30 participants from very diverse backgrounds, who were eager to collaboratively discuss radical new ideas.
  • The speakers inspired everyone with their unique experiences that challenged common perceptions and brought much needed insights
  • With so much food for thought after the speeches, the Bombay Hub was filled with lively discussions around social business and the joy of building new relationships.

  Haiti: GCL team looks forward to visit from Prof. Yunus
  • Prof. Yunus confirmed his first visit to Haiti from 13th till 15th October. Preparations are ongoing and save the date invitations have been sent out. Especially for this event, representatives of SAP AG, the Co-founder of the YY Haiti Initiative, will travel to Haiti and attend the event.
  • The YY Haiti team made its first investment: The entrepreneurial training center ETRE ayisyen founded by Mathias Pierre, a well-known Haitian entrepreneur, is the first Social Business supported by GCL Haiti. The investment derives from a generous donation from Accenture GmbH.
  • 22 Haitian students submitted their essays for the GCL Haiti Essay Competition. The jury, consisting of two representatives of SAP AG and one representative of the Haitian Fund for Innovation, is currently reviewing the documents. The two winners of the competition will be awarded with a trip to Vienna, Austria, where the Global Social Business Summit will take place on November 11-12th of 2011.
  • The YY Haiti Team continues to be supported by the secondment program between Accenture GmbH and GCL. The next Accenture secondee has started as YY Haiti Project Lead beginning of September and is taking over his tasks with full dedication.

 GCL to teach lecture series at Hult International Business School
  • At the end of this year GCL will embark on its first ever teaching engagement as part of the Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) at Hult’s London campus.
  • Hult International Business School is an independent not-for-profit institution that has campuses in Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai and London and is regularly among the highest ranked business schools worldwide. Hult pioneers action learning and the integration of classroom teaching with real-life problems.
  • Teaching two modules on social entrepreneurship and financing. GCL will spend a total of 40 hours engaged in lectures and case studies with the students. 
  • To find out more about the MSE program go to http://www.hult.edu/masters-program/programs/social-entrepreneurship

 Great response for social innovation and social business workshop at NYU
  • The lab that will be conducted on the 17th& 18thby the Interactive Telecommunications Program of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Grameen Creative Lab received over 60 applications in under two weeks so its spaces are now almost filled. People interested in attending the workshop are nevertheless encouraged to sign up for the waitlist quickly as more spaces will become available over the course of the next few weeks.
  • The first day of the interdisciplinary lab will focus on talks and workshops on the topic of ‘Action Framing’ while the second day, led by GCL, will explore social business. As a special highlight, Prof. Yunus will engage with the participants and discuss their ideas for social businesses at the end of the session. 
  • With Robert Kirkpatrick, another exciting speaker has been added to the program. He is the Director of the UN Global Pulse initiative in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Mr. Kirkpatrick designs and applies technology for crisis resilience and organizational change and has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, the US and the Kashmir region.
  • Find out more about the workshop and sign up for the waitlist at http://itp.nyu.edu/changemodel/

     Save the date: Upcoming events in 2011
 

Please save the date in your calendars for the following exciting upcoming events in 2011:
  • German Social Business Forum: The first ever German Social Business Forum will take place on November 21st in Mönchengladbach and November 22nd in Wiesbaden, Germany. It will bring together representatives from politics, academia, business and civil society to rally political support for social business in Germany. For more information please visit www.grameencreativelab.com/dsbf2011
  • Global Social Business Summit // 10th-12th of 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.
  • 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.
  • Change Model // 17th -18th of September 2011: We invite you to an inspiring two-day workshop about social innovation and social business in New York. The event is organized by ITP, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in collaboration with The Grameen Creative Lab. To find out more and please contact changemodel@itp.nyu.edu

SAVE THE DATE:

17 – 18 September 2011
Change Model Workshop at NYU

9 November 2011
Academia Meeting 2011

10 – 12 November 2011
Global Social Business Summit in Vienna

* 21 – 22 November 2011
German Social Business Forum

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