Social Business rocks Vienna – Part 2

Shortly after our anual conference, we organized an impressive Salon Event on Social Business with nobel peace prize winner Prof. Yunus.
Today we proudly present the next 3 talks about Social Business. Please enjoy these exceptional insights and check out the first three talks we published earlier.


About the talk

Surround yourself with positive people” is a well known but crucial piece of advice. In the team of Prof. Yunus it is realized in a unique and funny way.

About the speaker

Hans Reitz spent 7 years living a simple life in Southern India and can relate to problems of poverty. In 1992 he joined Natural Shakti, a forest farming company cultivating coffee and spices in Kumily/ Kerala, India, as a partner. 2 years later he founded the event and creative communication agency “circ”. Hans Reitz is also co-founder of the cafe chain Perfect Day since 2004. The foundation of “circ responsibility”, a CR consultancy, followed in 2009.

Besides his business life, Hans Reitz has always engaged in social projects which accelerate responsible freedom. He was the initiator of the Talent-Project – a school program – in 2008. In collaboration with Prof. Yunus, he founded and is Managing Director of The Grameen Creative Lab in Wiesbaden in 2008. He published “The Power of Dignity” in 2008.


About the talk

Bridging the gap between the rich and poor people: impossible, you may think. One man came up with a quite simple idea which taught us a lesson: change is possible! Prof. Yunus realized the concept of microcredits and changed the way we think about making money, globalisation and poverty.

About the speaker

Prof. Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides microcredit to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. In 2006 Yunus and Grameen received the Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus himself has received several other national and international honors.

He is a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Previously, he was a professor of economics at Chittagong University where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. He is the author of Banker to the Poor and two books on Social Business Models, and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation.


About the talk

When you see earth from space you start thinking differently, you see the big picture: It truly is an oasis – and we don’t take very good care of it. I think the elevation of that awareness is a real contribution to saving the Earth. (Dave Scott, Apollo 9 & 15) Why don’t we think big in social initiatives? Why not linking them – mobilise the crowd?

About the speaker

Ronald John Garan, Jr. (born October 30, 1961) is a NASA astronaut. After graduating from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1982, he joined the Air Force, becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1984. He became an F-16 pilot, and flew combat missions in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Before becoming an astronaut he was the Operations Officer of the 40th Flight Test Squadron (FTS). He first flew in space as a Mission Specialist on the STS-124 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). He returned to ISS on 4 April 2011 for a six-month stay as a member of Expedition 27.


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