Yunus Addresses Japan Science Congress

Press Release (27 November, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

Nobel Laureate Professor  Muhammad Yunus gave the keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology  Agency (JST), the government agency for guiding and financing the national science and technology program.  The president of JST Professor Michinari Hamaguchi invited Professor Yunus to give his views on how to strengthen scientific research towards achieving social goals.

In his speech, Professor Yunus asked the scientists to rethink the goal of research in science and technology and also the application of the research output. He emphasised that scientific research must be designed in the light of what would be the ultimate desired shape of human society. Objective of research should be to achieve that goal efficiently and in a smooth way.  He raised the question whether technologies like artificial intelligence fits the desired goal if it initiates the process of massive unemployment. He asked why dont we define the areas in which we should appply artificial intelligence. He suggested an immediate area  where artificial intelligence should be applied. He proposed healthcare, and education as the most most desired areas of its application, definitely not in pushing people out of job.

JST expressed its interest in working jointly with Yunus centre to develop and adapt technologies for social businesses to solve human problems. Follow up meetings will be held soon to  work out the framework this collaboration.

Professor Yunus also discussed collaboration with Business University of Japan, and Telecom Foundation.

He had meetings with potential social business joint venture partners in Japan besides preparing ground for launching Grameen Nippon, the Grameen replication program in Japan similar to Grameen America.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

Yunus Calls on Indian Tribal Youth to Become Entrepreneurs

Press Release (22 November, 2017)

The Indian edition of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ new book “A World of Three Zeroes” was launched at Mumbai Lit Fest 2017 on November 18. The book was released by P. Chidambaram, who currently serves as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and was former Union Minister of Finance of India. The book launch was followed by a panel discussion on sustainability and climate change. Jairam Ramesh, Former Cabinet Minister of Congress, Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman of Brookings Institute in India, Naina Lal Kidwai, former Country Head of HSBC India and Professor Yunus took part in the panel discussion.

Delivers Keynote Speech at Samvaad, Indian Tribal National Congress in Jamshedpur, India

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said that education system needs to change and encourage entrepreneurship over seeking job offers. He was addressing a house packed with tribal youth from all over India, activists and scholars at an event in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand in India at the concluding day of Samvaad - Tata Steel's signature event to encourage dialogues and discussions on the essence of being tribal. The event was held in Jamshedpur between November 14 to 19. For the first time the conclave had international tribal representatives from Australia, Canada, Kenya to attend the four-day event focused on the aspirations of Tribal youth. They had come from 20 states covering different regions of the North-East of India, Central and Western India.

"Social business is our future, social business is for saving humanity and the planet" - Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris

Press Release (11 November 2017)

Official launch of Les Canaux, the social business house, by Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris and Professor Yunus this evening. Les Canaux is dedicated to supporting social business in Paris. Nicolas Hulot the Environment Minister of France was chief guest at the event. The inauguration event included a visit and launch of the Yunus Centre office in Les Canaux. Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

Mayor Ann Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus together officially launched Social Business House Les Canaux on Thursday November 9. The Mayor had announced last year in a press conference held jointly with Prefessor Yunus that the historical building Les Cannaux will be dedicated to become  the  the home of social business and the social economy for Paris.   During the launching ceremony Deputy Prime  Minister of France and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot was the chief guest. 

A  group of dignatories was given a guided tour of the facilities  of the social business house which has been refurbished over several months. The house, which is located in the 19th district of Paris has been refurbished where all its decor, carpets, furniture and fittings are made from recycled materials notably ocean plastic, waste paper, and waste wood.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Mayor, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, Professor Yunus and other dignitaries were given a guided tour of  the facilities. They also opened the  newly established Yunus Centre Paris which is located in the building. Mayor Hidalgo had invited Professor Yunus to set up Yunus Centre Paris  in Les Canaux when they first met in July 2016 during the Rio Olympics. That office has now been set up and Yunus Centre Paris is now a registered legal entity in the city.

At the end of the tour, the Mayor and Professor Yunus spoke at the event. Mayor Hidalgo declared that she is committed to social buisness and she wants to make Paris as the social business capital of the world and turn Paris as the social business city .   Mr Hulot, the Deputy Prime Minister in his speech highlighted that  social business and the work that Les Canaux has set for itself is the most powerful way to move forward. The Mayor emphasized  that social business  is the future of the world. It is the future of humanity,  it is the future of  the planet. She said that the present system is not sustainable. Professor Yunus in his remarks said that the social business is like a bug, a friendly bug that infects everyone who comes in.contact with it, because selflessness exists in every human beings. Once a person is introduced to  social business he wants to do more  and more of it.

Yunus Draws Attention to Danger of Wealth Concentration to UK Audience

Press Release (16 November, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus delivering a public lecture to a packed audience of 500 students and academics at the Old Theatre of the London School of Economics (LSE) on the theme of three zeroes. Photo Credit: Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was in the United Kingdom for four days for events organized around his new book "A World of Three Zeroes" which focusses on how we can create a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

The first stop of the tour was at the London School of Economics where he was invited by the Director Minouche Shafik to deliver a public lecture on the theme of three zeroes. He addressed an audience of 500 students and academics in the Old Theatre of the LSE, and challenged the youngsters to move away from conventional way of doing things as those created and perpetuated the huge global economic and environmental challenges that the world now faces. He talked about the vision of 'A World of Three Zeroes' and outlined the role that he believes the young have to play in achieving that world. 

Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 Opens In Paris

Press Release (09 November 2017)

Academics to Deliberate on Applications of Social Business in Different Sectors of Societies

Participants of Social Business Academia conference 2017, Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

As part of the ongoing Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017, two-day Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 has started on 8 November in Paris which is being held at International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). This is the fifth edition of SBAC. Last year, the fourth edition of the conference was held at HEC Paris.

After the welcome speech by Ms. Carine Camby from Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and introductory words by Ms Lamiya Morshed, Yunus Centre and Hans Reitz, Grameen Creative Lab, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote speech.

This annual conference has attracted 135 academics from around 15 countries. There were 49 paper submissions this year, of which 38 were accepted for presentation. These included papers related to social business and education, technology, healthcare, disaster management, entrepreneurship, marketing and other issues.

There were also presentations at the conference by 10 of the 43 Yunus Social Business Centres in 29 countries established in universities around the world which are doing research, developing social business courses in classrooms as well as online, organizing competitions for social business projects, undertaking such projects on social business with a view to mainstreaming social business within university curricula and giving students the option to become involved in social business once they graduate.

A separate discussion was held on the inaugural day of SBAC on the newest book by Professor Muhammad Yunus “A World of Three Zeros” with Professor Yunus, Professor Andrea Grove, the Program Director at California Institute for Social Business of California State University Channel Islands, and Professor Rodolphe Durand , the Chaired Professor of Strategy at HEC-Paris and the academic Director of the Society and Organizations Center, France. The session was moderated by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland.

Accepted papers have been presented since yesterday and will continue today on the second day of SBAC. Papers are being presented under different tracks and some of those are Entrepreneurship and Social Business,  Social Business and SDGs, Social business and Health, Finance and social business, Social Business, health and technologies, Social Business, Marketing, Education and other issues. The closing session of SBAC will take place in the evening today.

Photo Caption 2:  Session on Professor Yunus' new book 'A World of Three Zeros'. As seen on the photo Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Muhammad Yunus,  Professor Andrea Grove and Professor Rodolphe Durand (from left to right). Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

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