The Social Business Week Albania will take place from 3-8 of November 2014 in Tirana including a series of activities such as boot camps, workshops, a conference and social business field trips.
The event will serve to spread awareness of social business, foster discussion and collaboration, as well as present and conceive best practices gathering experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.
The events of the Social Business Week will include:
Social Business BarCamps and Workshops (3-5 November)
There will be an interactive experience of shared learning & development on different topics that are important to participants together with alumni from the YSB Accelerator, social business entrepreneurs, supporters and researchers to share lessons learned, brainstorm solutions on different challenges, create synergies and networking.
International Social Business Conference on 6th November
Through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops the Social Business Week Conference will elaborate on the relevance and implementation of social business in Albania. National and international participants, representing private and public sectors as well as civil society organizations, social business entrepreneurs will enjoy a full day of creative exchange, learning, and networking.
The day begins with opening speeches from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Edi Rama and Saskia Bruysten, Co-founder & CEO at Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives, followed by a high level Consultation Session on the “Future of SB” with the participation of Minister of Economy, EBRD, EC Albania, GiZ, UNDP, ADA, Soros, etc.
A plenary session on the relevance of social business in Albania, including presentations from successful social entrepreneurs, national and international speakers and also panel discussions on the future of social business and workshops on different Community aspects will be organized during the day, facilitated by experts and practitioners in the field.
The afternoon and the conference will end in an inspiring public speech from Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
Site Visits to Social Businesses
A one day field trip will be organized for interested participants, where together with Prof. Yunus ther will be visits to social businesses in the field and meet the Albanian social entrepreneurs.
The gathering will be an opportunity to meet, connect, discuss and collaborate with the social business community in Albania with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society’s most pressing problems. The event also creates an opportunity for participants to engage in various interactive panel sessions and workshops to broaden their understanding in their specific areas of interest.