“The human spirit is infinitely creative. If you keep thinking about something, eventually you find a solution. “
This quote by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus shall serve as the guiding principle of our convention. Following his recommendation, we want to get together to create a vast pool of experiences where opinions and new ideas can be exchanged, discussed and by that be worked out to many little and maybe some bigger solutions – solutions that help us create a more sustainable and fairer economic system and thus contribute to reducing poverty in the world.
We envision a future where thinking and acting responsibly has become the norm, both for companies and individuals, in a world built on the idea of serving the society. With our conference we want to provide a stepping stone for further development in that direction by enabling young Europeans to meet and exchange their ideas.
We have set specific and realistic goals, which we plan to reach with our conference. Our aims are to:
- dispense useful knowledge about social business and get people interested in the topic and sent back our participants as multipliers of this new concept of business.
- foster an understanding of the deep entanglement between economic and the development discourse and discuss the potential for social business make the so far misguided development policies more effective.
- give room to an exchange of ideas about social business and development and provide a platform where young people can focus on courageously exploring new, untrodden paths of economy.
- provide a profound assessment of the current situation on the social business front and discuss the opportunities as well as the risks for this new form of entrepreneurialism.
- show possible options for the future and inspire the participants to start their own projects.
The global economic crisis was a wake-up call for many people – including the youth. The question being asked all over the world is: How could this have happened? No longer are we satisfied by the common attempts of explanation. Strikingly enough, microloans were a field that remained largely untouched by the downturn. Why is that? One reason might be that microfinance rethinks business in a new way: as a service to society. It is somewhat peculiar that this idea has not yet fully caught on in the academic world – especially among students.
We believe that basic interest in the social business movement is widespread among people – all we need to do is really ignite the flame of the idea of social business, ultimately unleashing the transformational power of our generation.
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves [and then we shall save our country].” (Abraham Lincoln, 1862)