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Seeding Happiness: Two Years of Social Business in Albania

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:57 AM

A few months ago I wrote about young people setting up small businesses in Bangladesh, and how we are helping them. We have learned a lot so far and we have planted many exciting seeds. Today, I would like to tell you more about the same efforts of planting...

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Using a Business Approach to Plant Trees and Create Jobs for Haitian Farmers

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Our society tends to think about business as the enemy of the environment and of trees. It's no wonder, given the things businesses have done. It's very easy to blame them for all the things wrong with the world. It happens because most of the time we use business to...

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"We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Creators"-- Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship

(8) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Since I launched the idea of microcredit in 1976, I have created many other businesses to help poor people help themselves. These experiences were summed up in the concept of social business, problem-solving companies without taking personal dividends beyond the investment money -- a new form of capitalism designed to...

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Why Businesses Need to Reshape Society

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:20 AM

The current economic and financial crisis makes it very clear that the system that we have is not sustainable, and thus it is the right time for us to change the ways we do business and build them in a new way.

By simply capitalizing on core strengths and knowledge,...

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L'entrepreneuriat social et la poursuite du bonheur

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Le système capitaliste d'aujourd'hui est basé sur la notion que l'humain est égoïste et uniquement motivé par l'envie de maximiser le profit. On suppose que si chaque individu poursuit ce but, alors nous vivrons dans un monde meilleur. L'exemple a montré que ce n'était pas vrai. Les gens ne sont...

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Social Business und das Streben nach Glück

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Das heutige System des globalen Kapitalismus wird von der Annahme geleitet, dass die Menschen egoistisch und nur durch das Streben nach maximalem Profit motiviert werden. Man geht davon aus, dass die Welt zu einem besseren Ort wird, wenn alle Menschen (jeder für sich) dieses Ziel verfolgen. Mittlerweile wissen wir, dass...

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Social Business and the Pursuit of Happiness

(8) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:30 AM

The global capitalist system today is driven by the notion that people are selfish and are solely motivated by the need for profit maximization. It makes the assumption that if each individual person pursues that goal, then the world overall will be a better place. We have seen that is...

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Access to Quality Education

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 9:10 PM

Access to quality education has enabled me to reach far beyond the Bangladeshi village I grew up in.

I was born in 1940 in Hathazari, Chittagong, which is now part of Bangladesh. Education was always important to my parents and with what little we had they were able to...

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The Nation Will Not Let Grameen Bank Be Snatched Away From Poor Women

(30) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:40 PM

The recommendations made by the Grameen Bank commission are not worthy of serious consideration

The Grameen Bank Commission is going to organize a workshop at BIAM Auditorium on July 2 to discuss its recommendations for legal changes to the Grameen Bank structure. It has been announced that Finance Minister...

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Savar Tragedy, Garments Industry and Bangladesh

(63) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:43 PM

Savar tragedy is a symbol of our failure as a nation. The crack in Rana Plaza that caused the collapse of the building has only shown us that if we don't face up to the cracks in our state systems, that we as a nation will get lost in the...

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Rohingya: Testing Democracy in Myanmar

(16) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:20 PM

One of the fundamental challenges of a democracy is how to ensure the voice of the majority does not trample the essential rights of the minority. In the founding of the United States this was addressed by the Bill of Rights, some form of which is integrated into most democracies...

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How We Can Bring About Change

(62) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 11:12 PM

The current financial crisis makes it very clear that our current financial system is not sustainable. This is the opportune time to re-imagine and re-design it using a new set of objectives.

The global financial crisis has demonstrated serious shortcomings with our banking system. It has converted the marketplace...

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A Global Conversation to Join

(10) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:27 PM

We live in a momentous time in history: The distance between the impossible and the possible is shrinking. Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary...

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Africa After Rio+20

(50) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:59 PM

It is clear that Rio+20 has not delivered what many of us had hoped. Twenty years after the world committed itself to increased efforts to tackle inequality, hunger and environmental destruction at the first Earth Summit, we seem to be moving in the wrong direction.

It was a major disappointment...

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Muhammad Yunus, Wendy Kopp: We Must Put Problem-Solving Above Money-Making In Business

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 7:57 AM

Close to 3000 world leaders are convening in Davos at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting. 30 of them are social entrepreneurs from around the world. The theme of the meeting is "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models". Watch what Muhammad Yunus and Wendy Kopp...

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When Stretching a Dollar Means Saving a Life

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 9:44 AM

As leaders gathered in New York last week for the United Nations General Assembly, much of the discussion focused on how to do more with limited resources.

Aid from wealthy countries to fight disease and poverty in the developing world has saved countless lives over the past decade. But in...

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To Catch a Dollar Reveals Real Life on a Large Scale

(8) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 11:25 AM

I've read that two U.S. networks are launching TV shows based on entrepreneurs competing for money for their business ideas. "NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant features aspiring restaurateurs trying to impress a panel of judges to win financing for a new chain. And ABC has reintroduced Shark Tank, in which...

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It's Time to Put Affordable Health Care for the Poor Within Reach

(114) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 11:07 AM

During these times when many of the poor are struggling for a livelihood, health care seems less affordable than ever to so many of the impoverished. A family illness already is the primary force shoving people back into poverty. It's time for us to offer them the tools to push...

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