Social Business Day is an annual event organized by the Yunus Centre as a global family gathering that platforms the accumulated experiences of social business leaders and entrepreneurship to give shape to the future.
This year, Social Business Day will be taking place as an online and in-person hybrid event focused on East Africa from June 27-30, 2022. The theme of SOCIAL BUSINESS DAY 2022 will be: Building a New Civilisation—Before the Current Civilisation Destroys Us.
The current civilisation which is based on profit maximisation has set us on a suicidal path. Global warming, wealth concentration, and unemployment caused by artificial intelligence are leading us to our ultimate extinction. Our window of opportunity to put humanity on a new path towards a new direction is getting smaller and smaller. We must prepare the seed-bed of a new civilisation before the opportunity slips away.
The new civilisation has to be built on an economy based primarily on zero personal profit to solve the problems of the people and the planet. Social business presents this option. Social business aims at finding compassionate, practical, and long-lasting solutions to social issues while expanding opportunities for the people and the economy. The new civilisation will analyse the break-throughs achieved while preparing for the next leg of our journey before our time runs out.
We welcome you to our Social Business Day 2022 event centered around “Building a New Civilisation—Before the Current Civilisation Destroys Us.” Please contribute your creative ideas, build new teams to make new break-throughs, meet old friends and make new ones to accomplish our goal.
Social Business Day 2022 will feature plenary sessions, workshops, and country forums in which participants can exchange ideas and information. Besides English being the language of the event, some sessions will be hosted in languages in Bengali, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French and Portuguese; these sessions will be simultaneously presented during country-specific forums.
The topics for the main event include: Social Businesses in Microcredit, Education, Healthcare, Arts and Creativity, Technology, Youth, Sports, 3ZERO Clubs, and all aspects of building a New Civilisation.
The event will include the annual convention of the “3ZERO Clubs,” a global initiative for the youth aimed at realising a World of 3ZEROS: zero net carbon emission, zero wealth concentration for ending poverty, and zero unemployment through entrepreneurship. This convention of the youths will give an opportunity to the members of senior generations to listen to the issues being discussed by the present day youth and catch any opportunity to build bridges among the generations.
Combined forces of global warming, extreme wealth concentration and the pandemic have unexpectedly created a very special chapter of world history. We see this as an opportunity to create a new civilisation to save the planet and its people.
SBD 2022 wants to take up this opportunity to create momentum and expedite the process of redesigning the fundamental concepts and institutions on which human lives are organised on this planet. It aims at beginning a new history. It is a big task. We are passing through a time which demands nothing but a big task. You are invited to join us in making this big task a big success.
Please join us in celebrating the best of human creativity, ingenuity, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Let’s discover the best in ourselves together.
We look forward to welcoming you to SBD 2022 soon!
Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship has supported and nurtured more than 1300 social enterprises in the last twenty-five years and now will become the first investors for them.
So how to assure the success of these social enterprises?
Last year, Miller Center teamed up with Sopact to help social enterprises become impact management ready to make data-driven decisions. They are ready to share their journey from strategy to impact data dashboard.
Each social enterprise will present its outcome-based dashboards, impact learning, and impact thesis.
Presenters: Sopact, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises:
1) Kidogo: A social enterprise building the leading network of quality, affordable childcare centers in East Africa’s low-income communities.
2) Oorja: A farming-as-a-service (FaaS) company that operates between sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
3) The Harvest Fund: A social enterprise leveraging technology, finance, and training to cultivate independence for marginalized African women in agriculture.
4) Fargreen: A social enterprise helping to grow sustainable, climate-resilient farming communities in Vietnam and beyond.
Join us to be part of their learnings. Each social enterprise will present its outcome-based dashboards, impact learning, and impact thesis.
Time: 11:00 AM in EST
Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and co-author of Net Positive, joins Professor Andrew Hoffman to discuss how business can be a force for good, accelerating action to tackle climate change, inequality, and other important issues facing society. To create what Paul calls a “net positive world,” Polman and Hoffman will discuss, not only how business practice is changing, but how business education must change to bring about this important shift. Together, Professor Hoffman and Polman will explore the responsibility of business and discuss the ways in which students, leaders, and educators can find purpose within management.
Time: 12:30 EST
Did you know that you can use philanthropic dollars to invest in innovative social entrepreneurs, impact funds and nonprofits of your choosing?
Join us at 10a PT/1p ET on June 29 to learn how impact investors, family offices and foundations are using their ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund to align their investments with their precise impact investing goals.
You’ll hear from Sally Boulter, ImpactAssets Senior Engagement Officer, and Sarah Williams, Co-Founder & CEO of Propel (and long-time ImpactAssets client). They’ll discuss:
• How you can source and recommend investments specific to your impact goals
• Propel’s approach to making direct philanthropic investments in early-stage impact driven companies
• How ImpactAssets simplifies investment complexities and can serve as your investment back office
Sign up using the form below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Aqua for All and Roots of Impact are looking for impact enterprises within the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to provide them with Impact-Linked Finance to help them scale, in both business and impact terms.
Join the Impact-Linked Fund for WASH’s webinar to learn more about the fund, key selection criteria, evolution from the SIINC for WASH program launched in 2020, and how the deals are implemented through a case.
Time: 5:00 AM EST
A global convening platform on responsible inclusive finance and consumer protection in a rapidly evolving digital world.
RFF brings together a range of global stakeholders to share ideas, research, and solutions on emerging consumer risks in inclusive finance.
Join CFI and key stakeholders in inclusive finance on June 30, 2022, for an opportunity to share emerging insights and collaborate on solutions to improve risk identification and mitigation. The event is free for all to attend
Visit globalrff.org for more information and to register.
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM EST
10 Years of Green Inclusive Finance Assessment: What Data Says, How the Sector Evolved, Where Do We Stand and Where Do We Want to Go
In 2020, the e MFP GICSF-AG, in collaboration with several of its members and partners, gathered data from more than 1100 green audits of over 800 financial service providers worldwide and aggregated them using the framework of the Green Index over almost 10 years.
The analysis has been a key element for the development of the Green Index 3.0 during 2021, and launched during 2022, together with the analysis of the feedback collected from the GICSF-AG members, financial service providers and sector stakeholders on different occasions.
This webinar, presented by the heads of the GICSF-AG, will disclose the main findings of the analysis of the green audit database, focusing on the evolution of green inclusive finance performance, along its different standards, in the period 2011-2019 between diverse regions and FSP types.
Natalia Realpe Carrillo, HEDERA Sustainable Solutions, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, e-MFP GICSF-AG
Davide Forcella, JuST Institute, e-MFP GICSF-AG, CERMi
10:00 AM EST
The Resilience Imperative: Innovating and Investing Like Our Future Depends on It
Today, there are many important global issues, including the ongoing war in Ukraine and COVID, which vie for our attention. But we cannot afford to take our eyes off the threat of global warming. Everything that we know and love depends on collective climate action.
Climate-related disasters, spurred on by rising emissions, are growing in frequency, severity, and scale, reaching ominous and unprecedented proportions around the world. Epic disasters, damages, and losses will define the 21st century unless we invest in climate resilience – now. Yet, one of the biggest challenges we face is how to make our communities more resilient. Real resilience is based in coordinated community action that is backed by data and analytics. To get there, we need investment in climate resilience efforts that will prepare society and the economy to respond and recover from the effects of climate change.
Today, efforts to increase resilience in communities are fragmented, especially so in frontline communities and contested environments. This lack of integration and information coordination across the various actors and agents necessary to stabilize communities is exacerbated by 1) a failure to address the communities’ inability to properly absorb capital (both human and financial), and 2) by a lack of innovation in exploring ways to invest more appropriately in the vanguard communities that bear the first and worst of climate change.
In this live webinar and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Green Jobs Machine co-founder & CEO Sharron McPherson to discuss the resilience imperative and how impact investors and entrepreneurs can effectively tackle the biggest social and environmental challenge of the century.
A reformed investment banker and Wall Street attorney, Sharron McPherson is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Green Jobs Machine, a resilience tech company committed to helping communities globally thrive in adverse climate conditions. She is a leading expert on the impact of advancing technologies that drive sustainable growth and development. Sharron is co-founder and Former CEO of one of Africa’s largest women’s infrastructure investment groups, the WINDE Consortium (Women in Infrastructure Development & Energy). She is a founding director of Singularity University South Africa and is a former Executive Director of the Centre for Disruptive Technologies, a “think & do” tank based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her life’s passion is to measurably help improve the lives of a billion people by reimaging how we leverage advancing technologies to unlock a better world.
An accomplished public speaker, moderator, and published author with a lifetime interest in building better communities through social impact investing, Sharron has addressed a wide range of audiences, including TED and the World Economic Forum.
Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and publishes Impact Entrepreneur Magazine. For over 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise, and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST