Social Business Day 2018: Towards A Better World

Social Business Day 2018 took place on 28-29th June in Bengaluru, India at Infosys Campus, Electronic City this year. This year’s theme was “A World of Three Zeroes: Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, Zero Net Carbon Emissions.” Every year, Social Business Day is organized by Yunus Centre and Yunus Social Business to discuss and celebrate the concept of social business. It brings together experts and enthusiasts from different fields to discuss and exchange their ideas for solving social problems. It is the biggest platform to learn, share and interact about social business, and every year, it hosts Social Business Day to further promote the ideas.

In the opening ceremony, Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus directed a speech where he emphasized on how people are becoming profit-driven robots with only profit in sight, “Profit is important but we need to put bifocal glasses with a near and a farsighted vision”. In the speech, he talked about the effects of technology, how it inspires and takes away jobs, and how it can work hand-in-hand with Social businesses to bring forth profits and work solving the global issues as intended. The other key speakers from the ceremony were Emmanuel Faber, global CEO, Danone, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Devi Prasad Shetty, managing director of Narayana Hridayalaya.

The two-day event was co-hosted with Yunus Social Business India, Infosys and INK. Over 1200 delegates from 42 countries had registered to participate in the event. And as the programs rolled, pressing issues of the society were put on focus whereas a number of plenary sessions and panels were scheduled and held during the two days.

Like every year, YY Goshti sent a delegation team to attend Social Business Day this time as well. Our founder, Shazeeb M Khairul Islam was also one of the speakers at the event. Social Business Day always provides YY Goshti to find new inspiration and ideas in their quest to build a better world and helps to sketch newer dreams and newer plans onwards that goal.

SBD 2018 included keynote speeches, plenary and panel sessions along with country forums and a magnificent immersive cultural program. It covered a wide variety of topics ranging from Agriculture, Health, Nutrition to harnessing creativity, Technology, Sports and Youth as the driving force behind social businesses. SBD is known for recognizing young dreamers and the interested and showing them a glimpse of the real world where people from around the world share their experience and ideals. The speakers included entrepreneurs, activists, academicians and journalists from the business and social business arena. The second day also included a country forum for countries and regions that have strong social business ecosystems.

Our Founder, Shazeeb M Khairul Islam spoke on “Building thriving ecosystems for Social Business and Youth”. He also spoke about Bangladesh’s opportunities, challenges and action plans to help build social businesses in real time and in the currently activated initiatives inside the country during the Country Forum. YY Goshti was also a part of the Social Business Academia Conference 2018. YY Goshti considers it as an excellent opportunity to build better connections and venture into new opportunities. YY Goshti puts extra effort upon these events to gather effective knowledge regarding what will come forth, and how to face upcoming challenges with maximum effort.

The two day long summit came to an end with the Nobel laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus providing the closing keynote speech. We hope to use the teachings of this summit to have a greater impact on our mission to build a world without poverty – and start from within the country and go global with our efforts.


Writer: Kaniz Ahmed

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