The 61st Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 16 March 2015. As usual the half day long program was chaired Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and brought together 160 participants from home and abroad.
This lab presented six new Nobin Udyokta (new entrepreneurs from second generation of Grameen Bank borrowers) business plans, among them three young women and three young men. The three young women at the lab presented a beauty parlor business, a cow fatterning business and a variety store business respectively. These three, Rina, Shohagi and Josna each presented their business plans confidently to the gathered audience and fielded questions, including technical ones, from members of the audience about the details of their business plan. Years ago their mothers had been living on the margins of society and began their journey with tiny loans. Grameen Bank has not only changed the lives of its women borrowers but also the life trajectory of their future generations.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, presenting a gold medal to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for "giving the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity" at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in the presence of 12,000 delegates in Mumbai on January 3. Also seen in the photo are Indian Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a gold medal to honour Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai on 3 January.
Professor Yunus along with four other Nobel Laureates and five scientists from India received the gold medal during the inaugural session of the Indian Science Congress in the presence of more than 20,000 strong audience including Ministers, Chief Ministers, leading scientists, Vice Chancellors of dozens of Indian Universities and delegates from India and abroad.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, pioneer of Social Business, has been ranked 5th among global influential thinkers in the Global Thought Leader 2014 survey carried out by the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies (GDI) and MIT Sloan School researcher Peter Gloor.
They have done the “Global Thought Leaders” ranking, through a systematic analysis of the English-speaking infosphere to determine the top 100 most influential thinkers in the world.
The list includes individuals who are influencing the way we think today, whose ideas are determining ours and whose ideas engage people most frequently. They are the most influential thinkers. With the help of software-based calculations to produce a simple "influence rank", Gloor presents the 2014 Thought Leaders ranking. It measures the global importance of creative minds.
The top position in the list was Pope Francis, after being included for the first time in the initial selection process, this year. He is followed in second position by "Pope of the Internet" Tim Berners-Lee. In third and fourth places respectively are the Indian economist Amartya Sen and Czech writer Milan Kundera.
Those occupying 6th through 10th positions on the list are held by novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, physicist Murray Gell-Mann, novelist Paulo Coelho, anthropologist Jane Goodall and author Naomi Klein.
The top 100 of 2014 global thought leaders ranking were derived from a list of 236 people from around the world who invite further discourse through their ideas.
This list can be filtered according to nationality, gender, field of knowledge and age. Clicking on a person’s head opens a window with details on that person and their field, as seen in the following link that reveals the 2014 ranking in the website of Zurich based newspaper Tagesanzeiger:
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus shaking hands with Mr Richard Liu, Founder-Owner of JD.com after the signing of collaboration agreement between Grameen China and JD.com. Also seen in the photo are Professor Xu Xiaonian of CEIBS (left) and Mr. Tang Min, Vice Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited China from 15 December to 19 December 2014. He was invited to launch Grameen China and attend a number of high-level events organized by the Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM)./
On December 15, Professor Yunus was the chief guest at the annual microcredit conference organized by CAM which was attended by 700 microcredit practioners, academics, policy makers, company executives, students among others.
Afterwards Professor Yunus had a high level meeting with Madam Wu who was former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank and is now the Chairman of the People’s Congress Committee on Rural Finance Office at the Central Bank of China to discuss about finance for the poor in China at her office in the Central Bank.