As part of the first digital Skoll World Forum, Yunus Social Business hosted the ‘Business As Unusual’ webinar all about the power of social INTRApreneurship, with our partners the Schwab Foundation, HEC, INSEAD and Porticus.
While the world is struggling with the immediate logistical and medical impacts of the pandemic, our event yesterday highlighted the importance of building the resilient businesses of the future, capable of solving the global challenges we face. Purpose and sustainability more important than ever in this time of crisis!
Our stellar line-up of social intrapreneurs and academics talked us through their initiatives and gave practical insights on how to do the same within your organisation.
We also detailed the findings from our landmark study on corporate social intrapreneurship, concluding a year of research on 200 corporate initiatives, experiments, and sector mapping that Yunus Social Business has conducted with our partners and released at the World Economic Forum 2020. The webinar marked launch the next part of the ‘Business As Unusual’ research ‘Making The Case’. Download the report here!
and if you missed the webinar here is the recording…
Earlier this year we took a group of philanthropists and partners to visit some of the social businesses in our portfolio in Uganda including Godson Commodities, Impact Water & Tugende. We also visited Kenya to see some of our pipeline companies.
On 20 March this year, Luis Miguel Botero discovered that his social business, Pomario, faced an existential threat. It was the day that a nation-wide quarantine in Colombia was announced, which was ultimately extended until the end of August. For Botero, as for many business owners, this presented the threat that his social businesses’ revenues would disappear overnight.
Solene, our Communications Manager for the MAN Impact Accelerator speaks about the challenges faced by smallholder farmers and how they should be empowered rather than exploited by intermediaries, looking at examples from across our work at YSB.
As we embark on our next round of research into social intrapreneurship at Yunus Social Business, we are looking at the business case for social transformation. In a year where we've seen short-term priorities rise to the top of the agenda, can empirical proof help turn the tide?
Nominate a corporate social intrapreneur for a scholarship for the Unusual Pioneers platform until Feb 28th. The Unusual Pioneers is a joint initiative by Yunus Social Business, Porticus, and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organisation of the World Economic Forum.
The MAN Impact Accelerator #2 isn’t quite over yet and now is your chance to celebrate the journey and the closing of another successful batch.