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"Summer is coming.. . The Social Business movement is also growing in Thailand!"

It seems that YCA is getting more closer to Thai people in this month.

We conducted successfully a workshop for Thai industrial Design Students from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. They learned how to add value at the design stage by upcyling waste into a useful product for the community. During the workshop we also connected with our friends from the Yunus Center at Kasetsart and Scraplab.
Our contribution to the Community Development Department, Thailand has now translated into a full-time engagement in promoting enterprise-led development among 12 provinces.

Looking forward! As we spearhead preparations for the 4th ELLTA Conference, an international event about leadership, learning and social business, from July 25th-27. And we are excited about our journey of discovering on the Trans-Siberian and Mongolian social business landscape.

Lots of places to go! …  YCA acts as a knowledge hub for whatever is interesting in Social Business, Social innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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The 4th International ELLTA Conference on "Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise in Asia: Sharpening Focus on Research Collaborations and Publications". Co-hosted by AIT Extension (AITE) through the Yunus Center at AIT (YCA), the Conference will be held at the AIT Conference Center (Bangkok, Thailand), between 25th and 27th July 2017.

As below are attached for you to download:

  • Conference Brochure, which you can find an importance information - Download HERE

  • Call for papers, which you may forward to who are interested Download HERE

The conference Chairs, Organizers, and all of us at ELLTA, AIT Extension and the Yunus Center at AIT look forward to receiving a response, and to the possibility of speakers and delegates from your organization joining us at AIT's picturesque campus in Bangkok.

Any further query, please do not hesitate to forward them to our attention at 

NEW Updated! - YCA Trans-Siberia: Journey of Discovery
This year, YCA team members and their close allies will travel together in Russia, Mongolia and China and co-design an affordable, exciting and meaningful program. Our plan is to conduct a practice-run and launch this project in early summer of 2018. We would start in Moscow and will end in Beijing or Shanghai.  If you are interested to join this prospection, please send us an email.

Parthiv Bharali, Program Officer at Yunus Center AIT.

Parthiv Bharali has been working in AIT since 2014, as a Marketing Strategist and Partner Development Manager at AIT Solutions. Originally from Assam, India; Parthiv has been living in Thailand for the past 10 years. 
“I am passionate about Social Business and I feel it has a bright future ahead as more companies and organizations are looking to make a positive impact in the world. Social Business is the way forward. Its where business will be done not just to make personal profits but to address and solve relevant social problems which in the process can make this world a better place to live in... I look forward to my tenure here and hope to make positive contributions.”

FREE Webinar : How to use stories to create change (24th May, 8 pm. BKK time) 

YCA will co-hosted with Simple Change to organising the webinar. In this session that aims to explain, understand and develop the concept of storytelling and its real life application applications to move forward the objectives of a social change initiative.

JOIN US! Register and save your seat here
Note: this is a free workshop and limited to 25 spots

Facilitated by Simple Change. Simplechange is an organization which is passionate about the power stories have to drive change. Collaborating with other organizations by co-creating storytelling strategies based on the objectives they want to fulfill. 

Are you ready for DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia ?

Early April, YCA was also the guest of
Joanna, an executive from NUS Entrepreneurship Centre in Singapore. YCA is a supporting partner of DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia.
Currently, they are calling for innovative ideas and solutions that create sustainable social impact! Whether you are running an enterprise or just have an idea, please step up and play your role in shaping Asia's future. 
Submit your ideas - Until May 14th.

3 DAYS WORKSHOP: Industrial Design in Social Business

During April, YCA had a 3 days program with King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) students in Industrial Design. The workshop stimulated entrepreneurial spirit by letting the students design a prototype for a problem in their direct environment. The first two day were spark understanding social business in general, and getting deeper group with a case example in terms of design from Ms. Clara Gonzalez, an industrial designer expert. We also explored the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to let the students reflect about global and local problems. In the end of the second day, we visited Khun Roongtip, one of our speakers of the previous YY cocktail on Zero Waste, in the Scrap Lab at Kasetsart University to learn more about the mission and vision of a circular economy world, where “waste” does not exist. Everything has value, and especially designers can transform what looks like waste into a useful product addressing the needs of people. After all, the students had to create a product which is made from “waste” and connect this with a need of a community (social responsibility). On the last day, they pitched their ideas and products to 3 judges. Apparently, the program run up perfectly! We are impressed with their ideas and design which they fit in a social business model.

-- SPECIAL THANKS to Yunus Center Kasetsart University and Scrap Lap for all their support --

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On April 20th, YCA  was invited to Community Entrepreneur Committee meeting  as  a founding member of Thailand Social Business Initiative (TSBI). The executive committee consists of Dr. Soontorn Koonchaimang, Director of Right-Livelihood foundation; Dr. Pipat Yodprutikarn, Director of Thaipat Institute; Dr. Faiz Shah, Director of Yunus Center at AIT and team; representatives from Stock Exchange of Thailand; and executive directors and officers of related bureau under CDD.  
The meeting resolution agreed with Community Entrepreneurs pilot model and key assessment indicators to be used to evaluate potential community and local enterprises. There are  commission appointed 3 teams of cross-organization collaboration within MOU partners, in order to visit and collect data from 6 initial areas; in 6 provinces, including Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakarn, Singhburi, Supanburi, Nonthaburi, and Pathumthani. YCA will support to the 12 communities initiative for encouraging community leaders to Community Entrepreneur (CE) by following the Social Business concept. .. LOOK FORWARD!


From April 27 to 29, the planning meeting for UNDP’s Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (RYPLIE) was held. This brought together UNDP Country Offices in innovation and youth focal points, government representatives, members of the “Youth Empowerment Alliance of Incubators”  together with selected young entrepreneurs and social innovators from Asia and the Pacific.

During this meeting, YCA delivered a multi-perspective panel to share origins and perspectives on social innovation and how can this be applied all over the region. The participants of the panel were:  Dr. Faiz Shah, Director of the Yunus Center, Dr. Pichawadee Kittipanya-ngam, Assistant Professor at Thammasat University's school of business and Dr. Tanatat Puttasuwan, Adjunct Professor with the Professional Masters in Bangkok and Finance at AIT.

What the Future of Social Enterprise and Innovation ?

On April 26th,
YCA team members and AIT students participated in The Future  of Social Enterprise and Innovation  in Thailand; hosted by Thammasat University's School of Global  Studies. The first half of this session started with a round panel discussion that is then followed by coordinated breakout dialogue with the participants. Speakers shared perspectives on emerging futures and trajectories that impact us all- both in the global and local context. More events will follow. Get into the loop at WTF Facebook group!