After 3 Years the biggest gathering of social business met again from the 6th until the 8th of November in Turin for the Global Social Business Summit 2022 to discuss how cultivating a culture of peace is needed to establish a sustainable future. It brought forth the understanding that the challenges we are facing today are more complex than just mere economic, social, and environmental challenges but rather fundamental humanitarian questions of justice. This was explicitly shown by the diverse topics touched upon in the University talk at Sermig, the Young Challenger Program, the annual Social Academia Forum, the 3 Zero Club convention, and the countless sessions. Due to the hybridity of the event, it is estimated that between 700 to 1000 people from 90+ countries were able to attend the Summit.
The conversations and actions sparked by this event showed that the Summit was more than Global Forum rather it is the gathering of a community willing to do everything possible to achieve a future of justice and peace.
Goals GSBS 2022
The goal is to curate a global culture of peace based on justice, inclusiveness, solidarity, harmony, cooperation, and the understanding for the sacredness of human life. Accepting that the design we have built for our society including the concepts of great victories and policies, is what is wrong with our current world. Social Business highlights that the essence of human beings is innovation enabling us to address together global concern in a positive and holistic way. Teaching us to live together in peace with one another in a world of 3 Zeros: Zero Global Warming, Zero Wealth concentration, and Zero Unemployment.
More than 200 speakers from the private and public sectors – Corporates, Academia and Youth Organizations, Civil Society and NGOs, Governments and social Entrepreneurs – contribute to the discourse of the summit. The GSBS 2022 aimed to highlight the wide spectrum of industries social businesses has been thriving in, such as Technology, Energy, Coffee, Sports, Microfinance, Food, Fashion and the Environment in forms of Panels, Workshops and live discussions. Through this the community was able to talk about these industries, not in isolation, from one another but together, pairing different issues and solutions together. Social businesses have the potential to make these industries more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable.
The GSBS 2022 in numbers
In person attendees in Turin
Speakers equally gender distributed
Active online participants
of people reached through live stream in Turin city
Total organic reach
on websites and social media
In 2022, the city of Turin hosted the GSBS and confirmed once again its social economy and its public-private platform for social impact investing.
Our partner Lavazza hosted us in their Nuvola Headquarters, which was a former power plant transformed into a multi-purpose building hosting cultural and artistic events and activities within a difficult area of the city.
We involved local designers and entrepreneurs who as well value circular economy and social business to curate a unique experience.
Sermig - Arsenale della Pace
On the 6th of November Prof. Yunus together with the social business delegation visited Sermig, the Arsenal of Peace in Turin, to hold the University Dialogue with the youth from Turin as well as some members from the 3 Zero Club. This Event highlighted the power and creative potential of today’s youth in creating a world of 3 Zeros – Zero unemployment, Zero concentration of wealth and Zero Carbon Emissions. This Event was co-organized with one of our partners: Sermig.
Young Challengers Program
In light of the Summit’s tradition the Young Challengers Program took place again, two years in a row. After two month of rigorous training and working together remotely across 36 nations the 67 Young Challengers were ready to pitch their social business idea on the 7th of November and show the social business community that they are ready to be active contributors into the ecosystem.
Social Business Academia Forum
As the Yunus Centre and the Grameen Creative Lab put a great emphasis on the education aspect within the social business ecosystem, together with the university of Turin we hosted the Social Business Academia Forum on the 7th of November. It was an in-person gathering of academics, researchers, and student-involved and interested in Social Business. The Forum’s panels and workshops mainly focused on the role of academic research and its responsibilities in shaping a world of 3 Zeros.
3 zero club convention
The Kickoff of the 3 Zero Club Convention took place on the 6th of November in Sermig. The convention is a hybrid assembly of the global network of young changemakers created by Prof. Yunus with the vision of creating a 3 Zero world. The convention commenced on the 8th of November at the GSBS 2022 and highlighted the innovative initiatives that the club members undertook to address problems around climate change, poverty, and unemployment.