Tuesday, 14 October 2015

social business lab wiesbaden: a recap

On Saturday, October 10th, The Grameen Creative Lab – in collaboration with Future Flux – organized a one-day, interactive workshop to develop social business ideas through a Social Business Lab in the Kreativfabrik, Wiesbaden. A Social Business Lab is a workshop where people can learn about the social business model, latest success stories in the field, and create their own social business ideas. Last Saturday, our SB Lab had approximately 35 participants from different backgrounds: Midwives, teachers, consultants, social entrepreneurs and business students discussed social problems and found creative solutions to address these challenges. 

The SB Lab’s structure was two-fold: firstly, Hans Reitz – director of The Grameen Creative Lab – gave an overview on social business and shared his social business experiences with the participants. Secondly, participants were asked two topics of interest for the SB Lab: Refugees and the idea of being ‘Cultureless’ – both social anonymity within cities and lack of cultural activities – were chosen.           

Following discussion, participants’ goal during the SB Lab was to come up with creative social business ideas to solve the aforementioned problems:

The ‘Refugees’ group formed a social business idea of an app. called WeConnect with the purpose of helping refugees integrate into new societies by establishing an active, knowledge- and experience-, and service-sharing online platform. Ideally, the app. would build a digital job market to match job vacancies with the profiles of refugees – partnering primarily with Ministries for Migration and existing job centers whilst initially targeting craft companies. As key features, WeConnect would be set up in different languages with multi-lingual employees, contain key words and locating options to better facilitate personal searching, and include fixed information about common, pressing questions refugees face daily.

On the other hand, the ‘Cultureless’ group came up with a two-fold plan to tackle both mentioned issues: firstly, with the idea of creating new cultural spaces within the city – called ‘Platzblüten’ – where weekly events – in conjunction with city Ministries, small retail stories, street food suppliers, and more – can be held to create a new institution for addressing community needs, and where newcomers can get to know their neighborhoods! To address the lack of cultural activities within cities, the group idealized an app. that facilitates the sharing of information – called Wi.net(t) Wiesbaden wir sind eine Stadt – where companies, cultural associations, and inhabitants can post freely about their activities and ideas so as to create a wider sharing platform within the community.

All in all, the SB Lab on October 10th allowed inhabitants of Wiesbaden to come together in addressing social problems that not only pervade generally, but impact Wiesbaden as a city specifically – all in the context of social business! 

For more pictures, click here! And watch our video re-cap below:


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


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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.