Development of Social Businesses in Malaysia.

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The second day with the buzzing traffic in Dhaka on a busy day, a group of passionate people who are highly talented in many areas of expertise came together to discuss on how we can work together to bring Malaysia to the next level in creating social impact through the country forum discussion that took place at Yunus Centre.

A total of around 20 people which included a combination of social entrepreneurs, Ipoh state think tank, Social foundations, academia’s and corporate were present to share and learn various ideas from each other.

The session started with an introduction by Nurfarini Daing of myHarapan who was chairing the session, followed by Sheila from myHarapan who shared on the organization’s efforts to grow and develop Social business among youths in Malaysia.

Marlin Marissa of University Utara Malaysia shared on female leaders and Gen Y’s are perfect match (born 1990 – 1997). She gave interesting insights on how to close the gap. To share a few in getting the Gen Y’s to play a role we should empower and give special projects to be handled by them and take advantage of them in thinking outside of the box.

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The second presenter was Faiz, who presented on Pangkor International 2017 (PIDD) pre event and how we can participate in the event. He also highlighted a few key speakers who will be at the event with a few key social enterprises presenting an array of Pecha Kucha.

Dr Mazlan updated on PIDDOCKS and Ipoh as a Social business city. He presented a video that captured key moments of last years PIDD event, while Professor Yunus was still in the room. This year PIDD is geared towards getting the corporate to be involved in developing Social Business.

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Final presentation was by Giorgio from DHL he shared on how corporate’s think in Malaysia and how Social Businesses can pitch their initiatives to corporates using key strategies such as Fitting SB into the corporate culture and make Volunteering as not as a one off event instead blending it with a part of the employees Life such as introducing roof top garden or teaching kids from underserved community over the weekend etc.

It was indeed a success to see everyone from different industries and backgrounds to come together for a common goal, ” making a difference through social business in the lives of people”.

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