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12th Social Business Day sponsored by Yunus Centre kicks off on June 27th

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The 12th SOCIAL BUSINESS DAY, hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will be held from June 27- 30, 2022. The theme of SOCIAL BUSINESS DAY 2022 will be: Building a New Civilisation—Before the Current Civilisation Destroys Us. This year a series of African universities such as the Catholic University of Zimbabwe Kampala International University and Makerere University Business School, Uganda, Tangaza University College, Kenya, Abomey Calavi of Benin, CAM School of Business from the Central African Republic will be arranging for on the ground parallel events in light of this global arrangement that looks to showcase all regional social business practitioners, academics, promoters, and friends. It provides a platform that brings all of us together to engage in dialogue, exchanges ideas and gains energy from one another by inspiring each other.

There will be 150+ speakers, which includes 30 globally prominent speakers, 14 country forums, and 16 plenary sessions during the four days. More than 700 registered participants from 66 countries are joining globally.

There will be keynote speeches from President H. E. José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and President of East Timor, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Chair, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, & UN Messenger of Peace, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Máiread Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Dr. Devi Shetty, Managing Director, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Other notable speakers include President Vicente Fox Quesada, Former President of Mexico, Marina Silva, Former Minister of Environment of Brazil, Lily Cole, activist and actress, Baroness Valerie Amos, Master of University College Oxford, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases, President, International AIDS Society, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Harvard Medical School, Founder of Seed Global Health, Mitsuru Izumo, Founder & CEO, Euglena, Dr. Paul Kibii Tergat, Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kenya.

Closing speeches will be presented by Marina Mahathir Writer, Human Rights Activist, Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Andrea Jung, President and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen America, Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Special Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Head of Strategy Unit – ThinkAustria, Forest Whitaker, UN SDG Advocate, Founder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, Sharon Stone actor and activist and Zanele Mbeki Former First Lady of South Africa.

Every year, Social Business Day is organized to discuss and celebrate the groundbreaking idea of social business. We have an exciting lineup of Plenary Sessions covering the key areas of social business where experts in related fields will come together to provide insights and updates. This event also creates an opportunity for participants to engage in various interactive panel sessions and workshops to broaden their understanding of their specific areas of interest.

Social Business Day is an annual event gathering that platforms the accumulated experiences of social business leaders and entrepreneurship to give shape to the future.

This year’s subjects include healthcare, fighting unemployment, cross-country collaboration in fighting climate change, the role of sports in social business, 3Zero Clubs and academic research in social business.

The current civilization which is based on profit maximization 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 toward a new direction is getting smaller and smaller. We must prepare the seedbed of a new civilization before the opportunity slips away.

The new civilization 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. The 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 civilization will analyze the breakthroughs achieved while preparing for the next leg of our journey before our time runs out.

Social Business Day 2022 will feature plenary sessions, workshops, and country forums in which participants can exchange ideas and information. Besides English is 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 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 realizing a World of 3ZEROS: zero net carbon emission, zero wealth concentration for ending poverty, and zero unemployment by unleashing entrepreneurship in all. 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.

Country Forums for countries and regions where the social business concept is in practical use are planned to be held. Country Forums will be devoted to sharing experiences, exploring potential, and analyzing the actual practice of social businesses within each country, or group of countries. The discussion will take place in the language of that country, and will be headed by practitioners of these different countries.

Combined forces of global warming, extreme wealth concentration and the pandemic have unexpectedly created a terrifying moment in world history. We have no option left but to create a new civilization to save the planet and its people.

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