Social entrepreneurs appeal for change in Davos

SOCIAL CHANGE | 25.01.2012

“A total of 30 social entrepreneurs have come to Davos this year to promote ethically and ecologically responsible business practices.

One of them is Essma Ben Hamidia. She received a social entrepreneurship award in 2010 for her work at “Enda Inter Araba” – an organization that provides microloans in Tunisia.

Although the social entrepreneurs attending the World Economic Forum are few in number, recent years have seen them attract a growing audience – especially when they face off against billionaires and presidents in debates about leadership and sustainable development.

Klaus Schwab, the founder and president of the World Economic Forum, set up the Schwab Foundation specifically to support social entrepreneurs.

The network, overseen by his wife Hilde, allows social entrepreneurs to exchange views and learn from each other’s experiences to develop sustainable business models.

The foundation’s supervisory board is comprised of numerous high profile figures, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered microloans for poor people lacking collateral in Bangladesh in the late 1970s.

Yunus spent his first evening in Davos with this year’s group social entrepreneurs

This year’s social entrepreneurs appeared thrilled when Arianna Huffington turned up at their special dinner held one day before the World Economic Forum officially opened.

The influential journalist and founder of the popular Huffington Post online news site was in Davos to coordinate special media coverage about social entrepreneurship. She invited the entrepreneurs to provide her website with commentaries, news articles, pictures and videos to help them spread their message around the world via Web 2.0.”

Author: Manuela Kasper-Claridge, Davos, Switzerland / sje
Editor: Stuart Tiffen
Read full article here: Deutsche Welle

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