The 8th Global Social Business Summit 2017 took place in Paris from November 4th – 9th. This edition represented an important step for the social business community as they welcomed new participants with different backgrounds to increase the impact and expand their movement. The GSBS is the worldwide leading forum for social business, non-loss, non-dividend companies with a social goal. It serves to spread awareness about social business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceives best practices. The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz and gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments, and academia over a few days of meetings, forums, and workshops. The GSBS is a platform where they can create their own space of inspiration and determination, create new value in the face of generational and structural shifts and leverage far-reaching advances in science and technology for the communities.
Every Year a delegation from SBYA Global and YY Goshti attend the GSBS and broaden their outlook on social business, sustainable development goals, Professor Muhammad Yunus’s vision of poverty free world and problem-solving in an effective way. This year for the 8th edition of the GSBS, YY Goshti had a breath-taking experience as all participants discovered new inspiring platforms for problem-solving. This year’s GSBS focused on the global challenges – plastic pollution, food and its value chain, refugee solidarity, culture, education and the role of cities as well as the Olympic Games and the role of health.
GSBS 2017 gathered renowned and inspirational speakers from social businesses, the business world, the political scene, as well as entrepreneurs, scientists, and academics to deliver high-quality content. The GSBS Social Business Young Challengers’ and Young Pioneers’ Meeting took place two days prior to the main event on 4th and 5th November. It is a pre-meeting for students and young professionals up to the age of 35 years to discuss the concept of social business, network and develop own social business ideas. The Young Challengers and Young Pioneers had the opportunity to challenge the experts during GSBS with their questions and comments. The meeting started off with a brief introduction to social business and presentation of successful social business case studies. Shazeeb M Khairul Islam, the CEO of YY Goshti, shared his journey of starting from scratch by building a non-profit organization and ending up establishing a social business incubator for having real-life impact and working with entrepreneurs closely helping them with resources. He also mentioned about how this journey helped him with a better understanding of social business, its importance, and its potential to change people’s lives in different ways. He expressed his firm belief that more and more people should come forward to contribute to this community so that together they can make a better world for the future generation. Later Nishat Farzana Sinthy from YY Goshti and Khalid Hossain Anik from SBYA Global presented “Shishir Water” and “Photopreneurs” respectively, two of the social businesses they work in successfully in “Inspiration Session”.
YY Goshti also had a presence in the Social Business Academia Conference initiated and promoted by Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. It has been held to review the theoretical and practical implications and potentials of the concept. The purpose of the conference was to create a networking opportunity for academicians, researchers, practitioners, and development activists to discuss recent insights on Social Business. YY Goshti considers GSBS 2017 as a platform to connect with companies, entrepreneurs, civil society and academia in order to leverage the opportunities. A positive change in our world shall be driven by fostering co-operation between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as through sharing and developing best practices at the GSBS.