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Yunus Center at the Asian Institute of Technology!

We believe that the power of the market can be harnessed to eradicate poverty. This can be done by using business practices to disseminate pro-poor technologies. We act as a knowledge hub and an enabling platform to accelerate the spread of these technologies through social business and enterprise-led development.

If you're a social business expert, social entrepreneur, researcher, student, or just itching to know more about ways to solve social problems, scroll down for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our events this month.


RSA Watch - Join us for this event this Wednesday 14th 18:30 hrs @Fab Cafe, where you can meet and watch RSA talks together and discuss the ideas and concepts raised. We call this Social Watching!

YCA teams up with Thammasat University's School of Global Studies to co-host an RSA Watch party. The event will feature a recent talk recorded at the RSA in London, and breakout discussions with questions provided by the organizers. RSA talks discuss pressing social and environmental issues, and provide ideas for progress. Watch parties create the opportunity to discuss the ideas presented in the talk and for the viewers to put them into a local context.

This event will include a pair of short RSA Animate videos, “Economics is for Everyone!” that features University of Cambridge economist, Ha-Joon Chang, and “The Truth About Dishonesty,” with Dan Ariely, a popular author and behavioral economist at Duke University.

Note: FabCafe's delicious drinks will be available to enjoy during this event, and please, avoid bringing external drinks or food. Thank you.


YY Cocktail #8 - Zero Waste

Waste is a growing problem in Bangkok—it’s estimated that nearly 10,000 tons of tons of waste were sent to landfill every day in 2013. Over 90% of our waste could be reused or recycled, if it was handled properly, but close to 80% of it currently ends up in landfills. Our next YY Cocktail event will look at the business opportunity presented by diverting waste from landfills, as well as ways in which social businesses can help close the loop.

Updates coming soon!

YY Cocktail #9 - Empowering Women and Girls through Social Business

Have you ever realized that menstruation is a taboo and a huge problem in many girl’s lives? It definitely is a neglected issue around the world and it’s about time to change that. The lack of information and awareness about the matter causes impacts on social exclusion, on education, on health and on sustainability, to say the least. It also affects women and girl’s self-conscious and self-esteem. Personal, educational, professional and environmental improvements come out of a good menstrual hygiene management and it can change many lives. Why do we avoid talking about something so natural? It is a great opportunity for Social Business and we want to bring the discussion to the table. Let’s talk about this!

Keep tuned for more!

Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit Dubai, November 8 - 9

Chureerat Haq, YCA’s UAE Liaison Manager was a delegate at the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit at Jumeirah Etihad Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Over two days, 8-9 November, the conference brought together perspectives around its theme of “Philanthropy in Transition: Impact, Data, and Digital Revolution”. Issues of engagement were scaling up social impact, involving youth in enterprise, and a focus on data & tech-solutions.

Social Business Academia Conference, Paris, November 9-11

The Academic community is rallying to Professor Yunus’ call to mainstream the concept of Social Business.  After last year’s successful conference hosted by the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, this year the SBAC convened at HEC Business School Paris.  YCA director Dr. Faiz Shah was named a co-chair of the organizing committee and chaired the Social Business and Health track. 45 peer-reviewed papers by academics and practitioners from over a dozen countries made it to the conference sessions.  Faiz was also invited to the core group establishing the Asia-Pacific YSBC Network, with its first moot in September 2017.

The highlight of the SBAC was Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s invitation to have Paris host the Global Social Business Summit next year, and the launch of an office for Yunus Center in the city.

YCA joins Social Business peers at India Social Business Forum, Mumbai, November 18

YCA’s Thailand Liaison Manager Jutiwat Sangiamsakdikorn represented all of us at the first India Social Business Forum in Mumbai.  Hosted by Yunus Social Business India and Tata Trusts, the Forum signals the creation of a major Social Business Initiative in India backed by a number of the country’s most recognized businesses.

YCA explores synergies with UAE universities

In Dubai for addressing the Global Youth Forum at the Dubai Chamber on 29 November YCA director Dr. Faiz Shah was invited to meet distinguished faculty at the University of Dubai which is among the most prominent universities in the UAE. The discussed areas of potential collaboration.

Social Business Insights and Trends

On Dec 6th a sharing session was organized to discuss the new trends and current insights from the social business ecosystem. Bringing in the shared experience from the Anual Social Business Academia Conference and the Social Business India Country Forum.

Some guests were invited to the session to share more about their initiatives and potential collaboration with the Yunus Center AIT.

Wedu Information Session - December 5

Wedu, an award-winning social enterprise that unlocks the leadership potential of women in Asia by providing inspiring mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education and become changemakers in their communities is holding the information session on December 5, 2016, at Asian Institute of Technology. If you or anyone you know fit with this opportunity, encourage her to apply here, the deadline is on Jan 15th. Also, experienced individuals can apply to become mentor.

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