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Social Business Forum 2012: A day that crowned idea of Social Business among the youth

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That was an appealing knock in the chat charts of the generation next Facebook geeks in the weeks of June 2012 in Bangladesh.  What the heck is that! Dude it’s Social Business workshops, your pass to joining the largest Social Business Forum, chance to meeting Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Astronaut Ron G Garon on June 29, 2012. What to do now? Pick a social problem, turn it in to a business idea, knot the tie, beat the competition and give back to your society. If I can’t beat the nerve shaking competition, then what if! Well, start now, try to learn it and if possible, look forward to the future. These were the buzz ahead of the Social Business Forum 2012 organized by Professional Society for Social Business (PSSB) of which South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) was the proud youth partner supported by the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka.

From the six divisional workshops on Social Business, college and university students signed up for joining the Social Business Forum. They competed with ideas on Social Business. On the fine morning of June 29, 2012, the enthusiast youth, along with the crowd of diversified professional fields, streamed in to line to observe the Social Business Forum at North South University premise.

The inaugural  ceremony was chaired by the Founder & President of Professional Society for Social Business (PSSB) and noted academician Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury. Other  distinguished personalities including Hans Reitz of Grameen Creative Lab, Chairman of North South University Trust M A Hashem addressed the program. Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus graced the session as the Chief Guest.

Supplanting all the ideas and discourses,  the Nobel Peace Laureate focused on the role of youth for in building prosperous societies. Reflecting on the idea of Social Business, recognized across the world, Professor Yunus said that the new form of capitalism would endure the future of business since it accredited the basic human spirit. The juxtaposition of want for profit and essence of selflessness have endorsed unique place of social business in  business inventions. The youth would, most likely, would play the pivotal role in pioneering the idea, hoped Muhammad Yunus.

Following the inaugural, the day continued the concurrent sessions on several themes relating to social business. The corporate heads participate in the session Social Business: A New Path for Social Business whereas the other sessions like Women’s Empowerment Through Social Business, Social Business in Bangladesh: Experience Sharing by the distinguished panelists from home and abroad as well as Social Business Competition conducted by South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) arrested attention of the crowd.

The afternoon sessions were Social Business: A Path to Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development, Strategies for Impact Study of Social Business Ventures, Championing Social Business- Young Minds and Youth and Social Business. Concurrent workshops on Social Business and Social Business Competitions were facilitated by the SAYS.  Addressing the  session ‘Youth and Social Business’, Cultural Affairs Officer of the American Center Ryan Bradeen focused on success story of the  SAYS as the leading youth platform in promoting social business among youth across South Asia.      

The Closing ceremony  was attended by Astronaut Ron G Garon and Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The impressive space presentation of the astronaut caught the attention of the participants. The astronaut ended his presentation focusing on how the youth can make the changes for a better world. The Nobel Laureate,  in his concluding remarks of the Forum, called everyone for making a new venture of making a world without poverty. He expressed hope that the youth would take the path of new form of capitalism, the Social Business.

The celebration ended with awarding six Social Business Ideas who won the business competition among which four were handed over to the participants of the SAYS.


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