Friday, 31 July 2015

happy happy joy joy - social business festival 

On Friday, July 31st, the team of the Grameen Creative Lab had the wonderful opportunity to team up with SOCIFACTION and NotPerfectEducation for the annual 'Happy Happy Joy Joy' Social Business Festival in Riga, Latvia! 

As a perfect lead-up to the Global Social Business Summit 2015, the Social Business Festival focused on how to fight social problems in a joyful, creative and economically sustainable way. World-renowned experts from the field of social business, designers, business leaders and entrepreneurs all shared their strategies and tools on how to tackle the major challenges of the 21st century - as well as how to stimulate creativity to solve complex social problems.

During the festival the participants were given the opportunity to learn and be inspired by amazing speakers in informal settings. The setup allowed everyone to network and enjoy creative activities, such as dance, taste meditation, pressing fresh juices, virtual reality, creating electronic music, as well as having a very special ambrotype photo taken of them. Together, participants discovered creative strategies to create businesses with a positive impact on society. Entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds shared their valuable advice from their respective journeys of creating positive changes in the world.

The festival was not only full of joy, but also meaning. The participants were brought from states of surprise and joy, to deep sadness and empathy, to profound awareness of the present moment. Overall, the event was a great opportunity to come together, network, learn and share knowledge of social business and life as it is! From young challengers to experienced stars in the field of social entrepreneurship, the learning experience also proved valuable in terms of topics such as failure, empathy, meditation, and mindfulness.

Learn more about the festival and SOCIFACTION here.

We are already looking forward to next year's Social Business Festival! ...Do it with joy!


November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

Find a selection of photos from the three days of the #GSBS2015 here.



6 Years of GSBS


Grameen Creative Lab YouTube Channel


On our website you can find the latest version of the agenda, session topics & speakers for the Global Social Business Summit 2015, The program is preliminary and subject to change. Stay tuned for the next updates!


Getting Around

The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.