Over 100 Social Businesses Produced by Design Lab

The 14th Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab took place on 19 April 2014 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium. Over 150 participants from national and international organizations attended in the program.

The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. He began by welcoming the guests including those participating via live stream.

Professor Yunus then provided a summary of the projects presented at the lab so far. Of a total of 113 projects, 97 projects approved for implementation, 36 projects are operational and 54 projects received investments, getting prepared to start the business soon.

YUNUS CENTRE AT TAIWAN UNIVERSITY

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited Taiwan from April 10 to 14, at the invitation of National Central University, Taiwan and the Rotary Club of Taiwan.  A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) was ceremonially signed on 14th April, 2014 between Yunus Centre and National Central University (NCU), the prestigious 99 year old public university, in the presence of the Mayor of the County, Mr. John Chils-Yang Wu, deans, and faculty members, to create Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) in the NCU. The objective of the centre will be to offer courses and research facilities in social business, conduct social business design labs, conference, undertake exchange program, academic workshop, encourage and train business executives to create social businesses,  promote Yunus’s vision of creating a world without poverty and unemployment. A Director has already been appointed for the Centre and the university has allocated space for it.

Professor Yunus on behalf of Yunus Centre, and Dr. Jing-Yang Jou, President of the NC University, Taiwan signed the MOU.

শোক বার্তা

ABM-Musaদেশবরেণ্য সাংবাদিক ও ও প্রতিথযশা কলামিস্ট এবিএম মূসার মৃত্যুতে আমি গভীর শোক ও দুঃখ প্রকাশ করছি । তাঁর মৃত্যুতে উপমহাদেশের সাংবাদিকতা জগতের একটি উজ্জল নক্ষত্রের পতন হলো। শুধু বাংলাদেশ নয় - এই উপমহাদেশের সকল মানুষ তাঁর অন্তর্ধানে ব্যথিত হবে। তাকে হারানোর মধ্যে দিয়ে জাতি আজ একজন অভিভাবক হারালো। এবিএম মূসা শুধু একজন সাংবাদিকই  ছিলেননা, তিনি ছিলেন সত্য,  ন্যায় ও আদর্শের প্রতীক। তিনি অকুতোভয় সাংবাদিক ছিলেন। শক্তিধরের রক্তচক্ষুকে তিনি কখনো ভয় পাননি। সাংবাদিকতার মাধ্যমে কত সহজে মানুষের হৃদয়ে পৌছা যায় সেই দৃষ্টান্ত এবিএম মূসা আমাদের মাঝে স্থাপন করেছেন। তিনি অত্যন্ত সহজে সাধারন মানুষের ভাষায় কথা বলতেন বলে তাঁকে দেশের মানুষ অত্যন্ত আপনজন মনে করে এসেছে। তার প্রতিটি কাজেই তিনি দক্ষতা ও সাহসের পরিচয় দিয়েছেন। সাংবাদিক সমাজের অভিভাবক হিসেবে শেষ জীবনেও সত্য কথা বলে অপরিসীম সাহসিকতার পরিচয় দিয়ে গেছেন।

তিনি ছিলেন জাতির কাছে প্রচন্ড বিশ্বস্ততার প্রতীক। জাতি তাঁর কথায় ও কাজে নির্দ্বিধায় নির্ভর করতে পারতো।

তাঁকে জাতির এই দুর্দিনে হারিয়ে সবাই আমরা অসহায় বোধ করছি। তাঁর আত্মার মাগফেরাৎ কামনা করছি। তাঁর শোক সন্তপ্ত পরিবারের সদস্যদের প্রতি সমবেদনা জানাচ্ছি।

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German Trade Union Leader Takes Interest in Social Business

german1 Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus met Michael Sommer, Chairman of the Federation of German Trade Unions on Tuesday. Mr. Sommer sought new ideas from Professor Yunus about how trade unions could better serve the underprivileged in Germany and around the world.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus met with Mr Michael Sommer, the Chairman of the German Federation of Trade Unions on April 8 at the residence of German Ambassador Dr. Albrecht Conze. Mr Sommer and his delegation are in Bangladesh on a four day visit.

german2Mr Sommer discussed social business ideas with Professor Yunus and presented his experience with trade unions, which have a 150 year old history in Germany. He wanted to understand how social business can help workers and the underprivileged in new ways.

Professor Yunus explained how social business, a non-dividend selfless business can solve human problems and especially how to transform unemployment into entrepreneurship. Social Business could be used to tackle youth unemployment in contexts as diverse as Bangladesh and European countries which are going through extremely high youth unemployment. Mr Sommer went into details about social business methodology and pointed out many of these ideas have similarity in initiatives taken in the past in Germany for exactly the same reasons. He invited Professor Yunus to present his ideas to the Convention of German Trade Unions in December 2014 in Germany. Professor Yunus accepted the invitation.

Social Businesses Got financed through Social Business Design Lab

The 13th Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab took place today, 15 March 2014, at Grameen Bank Auditorium. Around 150 participants from different organizations attended. Four member delegations from Yunus Centre at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, three members from Japan, Professor A. K. Azad Khan, President of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) and Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid, Chief Coordinator of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS), among others.

At the 13th design lab, Grameen Telecom Trust signed Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO) which will produce mustard oil where at least 1000 minority peoples are expected to work as employees. Grameen Telecom Trust also signed another agreement with Green Savers which will work to promote mobile plant nursery and clinic in the urban areas.