“By defining entrepreneurship in a broader way we can change the character of capitalism radically” – Prof. Yunus
Unlike traditional business, social business operates for the benefit of addressing social needs that enable societies to function more efficiently. Social business provides a necessary framework for tackling social issues by combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life. Therefore instead of being self-focused social business is all about others.
On november 12th we organize our next TEDxVienna Salon Event focusing on social business with remarkable speakers: Prof. Yunus and Hans Reitz, more to come.
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Location: Grand Hotel Wien
Date & Time: 11/12/2011 / 7 – 9 p.m.
Type of Event: Public, entrance fee of € 75,-
Registration: starting october 28th on www.tedxvienna.at
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.
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 The Grameen Creative Lab in Wiesbaden in 2008. He published “The Power of Dignity” in 2008.