This forum was aimed at spreading awareness of the movement of Social Business as defined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus. The forum was opened not only to academics from around the world, but also to companies and members of the public who are interested in Social Business. Yunus Centers in the Asia-Pacific region assembled for an open meeting to co-launch the Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific, and for a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. At SBFA 2018 Spring, which was held at Fukuoka Growth Next at Fukuoka City’s start-up facility on April 28, 2018, members of Yunus Centers in the
Asia-Pacific region gathered together and joined in lectures and panel discussions involving business people who are active both at home and abroad. We held a public meeting and a memorandum conclusion ceremony to launch the Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific as a joint project.
The first official event of the Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific is scheduled for October 27, 2018, and is open to the public. The winning Thai, Taiwanese, Malaysian and Japanese social business contest teams will get together at Hosei University, which has a special interest in social business. They will present their ideas to each other in a spirit of cooperation and support. The idea is to introduce the potential of social business to the world, which is why members of the public are invited to attend.
Date / Time Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 14:00—19:00
Venue Satta Hall, Sotobori BLD 9F, Hosei University, Tokyo
Organizer Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research Center, Kyushu University
Support Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies Hosei University, Social Business Academia Network,
NTT West, Borderless Japan co.
Capacity 600 *Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English will be available.
14:00 — 14:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcome speech: Prof. Hiroshi Hoshino (Managing Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)
14:05 — 14:10 Welcome speech: Prof.Kennosuke Tanaka (Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies, Hosei University)
14:10 — 14:15 Video message: Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Chairman, Yunus Center)
14:15 — 15:00 Session : Prof. Masaharu Okada (Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)
15:00 — 15:25 Presentation Japan
15:30 — 15:55 Presentation Thailand
15:55 — 16:10 Break
16:10 — 16:35 Presentation Taiwan
16:40 — 17:05 Presentation Malaysia
17:05 — 17:20 Break
17:20 — 18:50 Panel :
Yunus Social Business Design Contest Asia-Pacific Panelists will share their activities and projects aimed
at solving social issues.
Moderator: Prof.Kennosuke Tanaka (Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies, Hosei University)
Dr. Faiz Shah (Director, Yunus Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)
Dr. Chien-wen Mark Shen (Director, Yunus Center, National Central University, Taiwan)
Ms. Nurfarini Daing (Chief Executive Officer, Youth Trust Foundation, Malaysia)
Prof. Masaharu Okada (Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University)
18:50 — 19:00 Announcements and Closing Remarks
SBRC and YUNUS & YOU SOCIAL BUSINESS DESIGN CONTEST
The SBRC’s mission is to study and promote social business, build sustainable and developed social systems,
and help incubate social business start-ups. The SBRC also develops social business models aimed at solving global issues (poverty, health, environmental, energy, and education issues, natural disasters, etc.), using contracted ventures or joint research with organizations around the world.
The SBRC regularly holds workshops for the creation of social businesses. Several who have attended these
workshops have started Yunus Social Business companies (among the first in Japan).
The SBRC focuses on the following three areas as Yunus Social Business activities. Currently, we are developing a
Social Business Fund to encourage the creation of social businesses and improve incubation functions.
1. Establishing a joint venture with Grameen Group
Providing coordination services in establishing a joint venture between a Japanese company and GrameenGroup in Bangladesh.
2. Establishing a social business company
Providing coordination and consultation services for those starting social businesses in Japan.
BANGCHAK YUNUS and YOUTH SOCIAL BUSINESS DESIGN CONTEST
“Bangchak Yunus and Youth Social Business Design Contest” (Bangchak YY contest) is a collaboration between Yunus Center at AIT and Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, to promote students, create change and solve social problems through social business models, on the theme: From Bangchak and SDGs to social Business, in Thailand.
The contest aims at encouraging Thai university students, undergraduate to post-graduate, to have a concept of doing business for society, create social change, and foster partnerships among competing groups, inculcating the value of collective action and selflessness in business.
The main contents is focused on the Social Business concept, in line with the corporate culture of sustainable development in society and the environment. Based on iterative practical workshops, cross-functional participation and presentations, as well as the synergy of solving a social problems related to SDGs through social business solutions by focusing on the four areas of Bangchak’s interests: Efficiency Energy Management, Green and Renewable Energy, Bio-Based Energy and Retail.
Yunus Social Business Centre, National Central University and YUNUS PRIZE
The Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at the National Central University (NCU) is the first YSBC established in Taiwan. It was established on October 16, 2014, based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed between NCU and Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The vision of YSBC at NCU is to be a recognized international hub for education, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in social business. Our core values are empathy, responsibility, integrity, creativity, professionalism, and fun. The mission of YSBC at NCU is
to be a catalyst for Taiwan’s social business ecosystem, including social businesses, NPOs, communities,
government, investors, incubators, and academics, through the excellence in research, training and mentoring,
advocacy, and collaboration.
myHarapan, also known as the Youth Trust Foundation, is a non-partisan, non-government and not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to empowering young Malaysians by supporting youth projects and initiatives that contribute to nation-building efforts. We achieve this by providing a supportive environment for youth empowerment, developing capacity and capability and providing sustainable funding mechanisms.
Returning for the fourth time, the objective remains the same, which is to generate solutions using a social business model to create and develop new social businesses in Malaysia. In encouraging youths to participate in solving social problems, we facilitate development through different themes each year. After 3 months of market validation, the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judge of the change and impact it has created or gathered.