The following link may be of interest to you, as it contains a speech Muhammad Yunus gave at London School of Economics earlier this year.
All the Best,
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."
That's a very interesting resource. I/we must make contact with Richard Heeks if nothing else.
It's interesting that what we now read from Microsoft, combining ICT4D, enterprise building and microfinance is the same strategy advocated in my colleague's paper to the Clinton administration and the same as the paper delivered to the US Senate 2 years ago. This is perhaps the problem of breaking into to mindset which has also been a struggle for Yunus.
Unfortunately it's not technical ideas that we lack, but political will. Our efforts therefore have focused on the case for doing it and doing it "wholesale". We seem to be bogged down in endless development competitions, drip fed by foundations to come up with widgets to promote nonprofit fundraising. I have for example put these ideas to the Netsquared, who want to remix the web for social change and more than once got a "What does this have to do with what we're discussing" response.
I was curious to hear twice, reference to social business being hijacked by social enterprise. Few seem to agree even what social enterprise is. The UK government for instance creating a loose branding for voluntary, non profit and profit for social purpose and calling it the Third Sector.
In a discussion recently on Skoll Social Edge about these descriptions, Social Business and Social Enterprise It came to the conclusion that to a greater or lesser extent all business has a social dimension.
Bill Gates for example is now coming alongside with Creative Capitalism, but even before this a social dimension could be illustrated.
--- On Wed, 17/12/08, ISF (Computer Scientists without Frontiers, Italy) <ceccare...@gmail.com> wrote:
Great I hear that 100 people from us congress are asking the world bank to find funds to recognise 10 world inspiration centres of microcredit which want to share what they have learnt with any community that could learn from replication
kenya's jamii bori is among the top 3 noted so it would be useful if we can earn a connection with them
--- On Mon, 29/12/08, ISF (Computer Scientists without Frontiers, Italy) <ceccare...@gmail.com> wrote:
There is a problem with part of this advice namely there are only about 10 big MFIs doing end poverty
- as a mathematician I can audit how there are about a 100 doing nothing with sustainable social consequenecs or worse yet being groomed by wall street to compound poverty - if you are able to do any work for jamii bora I am confident that will be near the centre of gravity of the best that microcredit can compound for Africa http://microcredit.tv http://futurecapitalism.ning.com/forum/topics/searching-for-congressmen-who ; if you cant get to JB I can make 2 other secondary selections with confidence
of course there are thousands of very small mfis doing worthy stuff but right now - kenya-us end poverty relationships determine all other possibilities given our new start in the white house and the yes we can momentum across youth usa the like of which hasnt been energised since the days of end apartheid
keep on focusing on jamii bora and unitus if it is yunus networks you want to help