us on privatised, free market economy...
What relationship do you advise a government to have with the private sector?
First, the only thing any government can do is have the humility to accept that it cannot change people’s lives, and that it can only help people who are changing their own lives. But most governments simply mess up people’s lives, something they are good at. My experience is that business should not be the business of government. Business should be in the hands of the private sector, which produces jobs and services. I define private sector broadly to include both businesses that make profits and do good for society at large such as by building schools, hospitals and the like.
Also interesting is Yunus' views on government run micro-credit program.
In Nepal, government promoted microcredit programs through five regional grameen banks, all of which failed. Is microcredit an area in which a government can play an active role?
I explained to your finance ministers that running microcredit programs through the government would never work. Things get politicised. Loans are given to friends and supporters, who do not pay back. Political supporters are hired as bank officers, and they do no work. I have seen this happen in every country where the government runs micro credit programs. So, the first principle is: no matter what sort of micro credit program you run, do it away from the government. Choosing partners such as NGOs or socially-oriented private businesses comes next. I define a socially-oriented private business as a business that can get its investments back from a socially useful venture but earns no dividend.…
rust, in the economic system "
- help needed to keep track whether any of its conversations provide bottom-up solutions to finacial meltdown - at
the official wef http://www.weforum.org
the klostiers social wef http://www.forumblog.org/openforum/
or the world social forum
Last year a london summit of 400 world entrepreneurs http://www.wes08.net/ hosted by rebecca harding in week 2 tried to open a space for a 4th conversation - in spite of sampling every delegate with a yunus book and a letter inviting personal reply nothing flowed from this summit that connected my yunus friends or I in any deeper flows with FC
when it comes to klaus schwab , my dad helped him make the early WEF well known but last year when I asked if i could donate a yunus book to all delegates his PA said they never handed out books and then handed out a book that one of schwab's staff had co-written with john elkington - thus the chance for wef to be a year ahead of the macro crisis was wasted imo
I gather that dr yunus 12 city usa book tour lastly clashed with much of wef so he mainly went there for the last day or so but may be in 09 be there for the whole wef - if anyone spots any friendly micro delegates or can work out whether this space is going to come up with any solutions that represent communities rather than top people please do tell us…
s creative labs for popularising the design and replication of social business there are yunus centres with AIT in Bangkok the first. There are also 3 Japanese universities linking in soon. MuhammadYunus.org is now http://yunuscentre.org
This leaves the main youth and citizens networking gateway http://yunusforum.net - project 1 from the dialogue is to try to start up youth ambassador 5000 by 1 september - watch this space…
practices -a microbank to invest in Glaswegians who have had no employment for multiple generations -an exchange scheme between Bangladeshi and Glaswegian undergraduates this is quite a benchmark for any university town to beat next time they want Dr Yunus to celebrate with them in Oxford, the Vice Chancellor was excited because Yunus filled the sheldonian with youth
yes we can: what's the biggest collaboration challenge you would set the world? the idea of a microsummit is to set the biggest do-able challenge and deadline that could happen if everyone cared about something human as much as you do - if you have such a mission please discuss belowday after recall of meeting 2 with M.Y. Jan 08 New York
I mentioned to dr yunus that practising his 5 greatest collaboration methods seem to me to still be too much the domain of individual experts not something that we can all play with
he was happy that I try writing a small brochure on how to popularise thee; this I wll start doing by installent here over the next 10 days- all rewording advice appreciated
Installment 1 - front page'
Yes We Can
MicroGuide to 5 collaborations to end poverty and sustain humanity
We hope you enjoy our MicroGuide to 5 collaboration games that Dr Muhammad Yunus, his alumni including the extraordinary mother of President Barrack Obama, and Bangladeshi networkers have been helping people practise over a third of a century.
YOU & US
Collaboration games are designed to end poverty and other historic system failures that trap children and women in unhealthy or unproductive lives. We search for replicable solutions to empower the creative ability of every being, and develop the sustainability of every community. We map these as core networking responsibilities of the human race over the next decade. We invite you to question the simplest ideas of multiplying goodwill which collaboration systems can govern local to global win-win-wins around.
1 What is SOCIAL BUSINESS?
2 What is MICROCREDIT?
3 What is MICROSUMMIT?
4 What is FUTURE CAPITALISM?
5 MICRO versus MACRO - Choice stories on which trillion dollar free global markets (banking, energy, health ...) do we the peoples want to network, map and sustain investment in www?
Our experience suggests that hi-trust collaboration games are the happiest pursuit of our generation – but outside of Bangladesh they remain among the least explored of communications and leadership systems. We welcome nominations of other collaboration games emerging around the world and will publish them at interactive resources cited in this guide. One example is the 20+ short videos of good news conversation starters contributed by Dr Yunus and his founding team at Grameen http://www.grameen.com . These are shared at http://yunus10000.com
PS here's a journalist's report from glasgow
Has This man Got a Solution to the World's Financial Woes Sally Magnusson
With the global financial system teetering around him, a small man with the face of a cherubic gnome came to Scotland this week to suggest something we had all given up imagining: a solution
The effect Yunus had on Glasgow this week was electric. Thanking him for his Magnusson lecture, Scotland's leading philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, himself a member of the Magnusson Fellowship, said Yunus had already shown how, with deep humility, you can change the world. "The greatest thanks we can give you," he said, "is to commit to action."
By the end of the day, the principal of Caledonian, Pamela Gillies, was doing just that over dinner. With details still to be worked out and her finance director probably having heart failure at the other side of the room, she pledged her support for a social business initiative in Scotland.
At my table, another Magnusson Fellow, the mesmerising Palestinian writer Raja Shehadeh, told me how moved he had been by the whole day. "Only in Scotland would something like this happen - low-key but inspiring, without fanfare, without calculation about how things look or embarrassment at how it sounds to express social passion and a confidence in humanity."
A man who lives and writes in the West Bank city of Ramallah cannot be accused of naivety or sentimentality. Something in the vision of Yunus, the unabashed emotion of Tom Hunter, the caution-to-the-winds "yes we can" of the two university principals and the very practical celebration of my father's humane legacy touched him to the core.
"We live in such a cynical world. To have something like this revives one," Shehadeh said.…
given a chance to practice the difference we could make). After that I have to say that the second assumption of different libertarians seems to varies wildly, and some times into scenarios that make me gulp. Todays' conference was partly to launch a book called lessons from the poor. Some of the lessons that speakers seemed to be talking about were negative to microcredit until you found out that they were talking about microcredit actually organised directly by some national governments in Africa. The chance of that leading to what supporters of Dr Yunus achieve with microcredit is next to zero.
This comes to a specific topic Inger mentions: microcredit in Nigeria. It happened that Nigeria was one of the cases mentioned of government-microcredit. Fortunately the conference included a Nigerian who is very keen to understand how to apply dr yunus microcredit to local female workers in garment and other specific categories of work done out of households. He works with 5000 poor garment ladies. He took 100 yunus dvds back with him to Nigeria. I am hopeful that over time we will get some deep feedback
I do believe that if a small group of people unite round 2 things:
sufficient understanding of the yunus dvd
a shared passion and knowledge of a specific african nation or sub-nation
they could then write up a vision or startegy for that nation which could be much more sustainable than other gurus do; at the same time in certain cities like new york one could start publishing such concepts and look for long term investors (or banks) who wanted a new trading relationship for that particular nation
I expect to develop some cases of this sort in coming months; of course if you come up with a thinktank group by place or sector, do tell us how we can help you…
as partly because of the tech musuem awarding him last week their hi-tech humanitarian award , a prize previously won by west coast icons like Bill Gates
inspired by ideas of a Bangladeshi abroad, yunus changed bangladesh with mobiles- by taking out a mobile industry licence in 1996 when the consultant advising the government estimated bangladesh mobile marklet would only be quarter of a million, grameen got an affordable licence- and yunus was determined that village ladies would get the mobile as a tool for ending digital divides- the genius idea let a few ladies in each village operate shared mobile telephone services- that way they could earn revenue and pay for the mobile phone over a period of time
Grameen service is structured around over 100000 vilage centres where 40-60 female microentrepreneurs meet; before 1996 very little communication across centres; after 1996 the depeest hub network anyone in the world known to me;
Now when we include city users, Bangladesh has built up well over 30 million mobile phone users in just over a decade- and very creative socila buisness uses are emerging - I will try and post one every 3 days or so but would love there to be space for others to add to this thread…
ed in content with long term elearning impact not immediate twiittering . One of the big picture web sites I edit is http://worldcitizen.tv - roughly this web tries to log up ides people are debating round the yunus 1000 bookclub I sponsor- Jonathan at http://the-hub.net is a main book distributor; if you know of anyone flying through dc who wants to carry some free yunus books back to brussels any time in next 6 months please say…
iversity of Malyasia - Laureate in Residence
11.3 Asian Business Forum will take place every July thanks to funds or Mr Shiki confirming
Kyushu University as main university partner in japan and Fukuoka as main social business city…