On March 5th, danone.communities’s board meeting ended with a social business event at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Yunus, also Vice President of our board spoke in front of more than 500 students about the power of youth and how they can change the world.
This event was co-organized with some local actors of the social business: Social Enterprise Cambodia, 1001 Fontaines(one of the project supported by danone.communities) and Friends-International.
All together, we decided to turn the traditional conference format upside down. It started with a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions in smaller groups. Participants discussed on different topics, shared lessons and made new connections in a very dynamic and fun atmosphere. Royal University of Phnom Penh was turned into a real social business hub!
The event ended with an incredible performance from young artists of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
Alberto Cremonesi, Founder of Social Enterprise Cambodia, an independent initiative dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship in the Kingdom, says: “The key message the Nobel prize addressed to the youth was –nothing is impossible, just take whatever problem you like, turn it inside out, do exactly the contrary of what has been done for years – and you’ll see your desired change come true”