On 15 June, the National Central University in Taoyuan City, Taiwan hosted the 2015 International Conference on Social Business Development and Management. Deputy CEO of Manor House Development Trust, Kate Pierpoint was key-note speaker at the event and presented on how the Trust is building community resilience in the Manor House area in North London.
The first of its kind in Taiwan, the conference offered a fantastic opportunity to share learning across the world of how social enterprise can generate lasting social impact. Attended by practitioners, students, researchers, and government officials, the conference was a great success with opportunities for future collaboration.
The conference was co-organised by the Yunus Social Business Centre at National Central University, the Foundation for Yunus Social Business Taiwan, the Workforce Development Agency and Ministry of Labor.
Professor Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.
In 2011, Yunus co-founded Yunus Social Business, a social business accelerator that incubates and finances local entrepreneurs to help build solutions from the ground up. In 2014, a Yunus Social Business Centre was set up in Taiwan. The objective of the centre will be to offer courses and research facilities in social business, conduct social business design labs, conference, undertake exchange program, academic workshop, encourage and train business executives to create social businesses, promote Yunus’s vision of creating a world without poverty and unemployment.
Manor House Development Trust’s presentation on ‘Building Community Resilience’ can be seen below.