In our previous blog posts, we have said, building a network requires processes, structure and lots of alignment. But in order for the network to truly work, it requires trust and deep-felt human connection around a common purpose. For over 10 years, YSB has built a strong network and every year we are learning more about the effects of communities and networks. This has allowed us to address social problems in bold new ways…Read More
People in rural and peri-urban Kenya are lacking access to high-quality healthcare and medication. Less than 5% of Kenya’s GDP is spent on healthcare and only 17% of Kenyans have health insurance coverage. With 46% of the country’s population living below the poverty line, Kenyans are particularly vulnerable to financial catastrophe when facing health issues.Read More
At Yunus Social Business, we believe that alignment enables autonomy. True autonomy does not just allow for more innovation, but it also allows our staff members to thrive and grow personally. The stronger our alignment is, the more autonomy we can afford to grant. And this, in turn, increases motivation and quality of work.Read More
YSB Corporate Innovation is launching a series of blog posts about their organizational structure. Did you know they are network geeks? They believe in the power of networks so much they adapted it to their internal network. Through their work, they aim to connect more and more dots between different stakeholders and create communities to maximize their social impact.Read More
Everyone’s familiar with the ‘last mile’ problem in distribution. It’s easy to get a large amount of goods or data very close to the consumer but the last step of getting it precisely to their front door is often the longest and most expensive stage. Applied to the healthcare system, this relates to the billion people around the world who lack access to care due to the distance they live from a clinic.Read More
We invite all intrapreneurs, startup entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, or journalists in Munich to celebrate the success and journey of our program at the MAN Impact Accelerator Closing Ceremony on June 25th at the MAN Truck Forum. This day will mark the end of an exciting journey of 8 social business startups from Europe, India and South Africa addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time in the fields of transport & logistics.
Although the refugee crisis may no longer make daily headlines, the struggle continues for thousands of people who are trying to piece their lives back together in a new country where there is often little to no social or financial support. But why should refugees be in such short supply of warm clothing and food when organisations are often flooded with generous donations from members of the public? In order to delve into this paradox, this week we got the chance to tour a donation warehouse. It is in these warehouses where all the stock is sorted and distributed where the main challenge lies. The innovative work of Boxwise offers a solution to tackle this problem.Read More
At the halfway point through the program we find ourselves sitting back and reflecting over the last five months. And what a fine journey of progress and development it’s been. We’ve seen our entrepreneurs learn and share all sorts from methodologies to frameworks to general advice about life and business. One thing is for sure: our participants have already made astounding progress in the first half of their journeys and they show no signs of slowing down.Read More
So, here we are. The time for change and personal re-shaping through resolutions is upon us already. But this doesn’t just mean an opportunity for personal improvement, it also means a time for professional self-development too. Fresh into the new year is a great time to take a step back and open yourself to new ideas that stimulate inspiration and innovation and might create a positive culture change in your workplace. Start-ups shouldn’t be the only that encourage dreaming, thinking and innovation.Read More
It's started again! The first week of this year's MAN Impact Accelerator launched at full throttle and our expectations were met and over-exceeded. It's now time to reflect on some of the highlights of our first program week in Germany which involved meeting the newest batch of startups and mentors for the very first time, valuable purpose and customer mentoring sessions and meeting Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus at our favourite event of the year: The Global Social Business Summit 2018Read More
In 2017, Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, approached Yunus Social Business to create an inspiring experience for social business entrepreneurs around the world. Together, we created the MAN Impact Accelerator to scale social ventures in transport and logistics.
During the first edition of this program, this included companies like Commut, providing save and affordable transport to women in India, Crowdcontainer, connecting smallholder farmers to global markets or Mellowcabs, providing affordable e-mobility solutions in South Africa.
The program takes the entrepreneurs on an exciting journey through five ecosystems in Europe, India, South Africa and California over the period of 8 months.Read More