In conjunction with the Social Economy Investment Conference (SEIC), myHarapan organised part II of ASEAN Social Business Dialogue (ASBD) on the second day of the conference, 14th March 2017. ASBD II was built on from an earlier discussion at ASBD I, a year earlier on the 26th May 2016 with the objective to mobilise corporations and the public sector in the development of social businesses. The aim of ASBD II is to foster discussions to develop a conducive ecosystem that would lead to the creation and growth of social businesses across ASEAN. SEIC is an event jointly organised by the British Council Malaysia, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and National Innovation Agency of Malaysia (Agensi Inovasi Malaysia), held at Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur.
With the hope to continuously develop like-minded and passionate individuals from young as contributing changemakers, myHarapan embarked on a journey to establish the Agent M myHarapan Club in secondary schools. It is also a way to continue engaging with schools who take part in our yearly Social Project Challenge. The myHarapan Club aims to empower youths by getting them to implement social or environmental missions over a span of 6 months. Gamifying the missions given every month, each team will receive a badge or points every time a mission is accomplished. The team with the highest badge or points collected will be given the opportunity to travel and learn. This learning experience is done through our annual Social Business study trip. Schools who will be participating next year for the mission include:-Sekolah Tun Fatimah, JB
The myHarapan Social Project Challenge Bootcamp 2017 held with 10 projects by 10 schools nationwide, who underwent an intensive 3, days 2-nights boot camp learning valuable project management and presentation skills. On the third day of the bootcamp, the teams then presented their social projects ideas to a panel of judges and 5 teams were shortlisted to progress to the next round to undergo market validation phase. myHarapan team members and DHL Asia Pacific IT Services, Cyberjaya mentored the teams to the Finale that was held at DHL IT Services office in Cyberjaya in August. The winning team from SMK Tamparuli, Sabah came up with a solution to tackle the frequent issue of water disruption in rural areas causing massive clogging in pipes. They went on to further win many other awards from other awarding organizations, such as Young Changemakers Award and Creative Science Communication Award to name a few for this social project.
The gathering of the year, the Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017 took place in Paris from November 4th to 9th November 2017. Themed ‘New Wave of Hope!’, the summit represents an important step for the social business community. The annual event organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments, and academia over six days of meetings, forums, and workshops.
It was a proud moment for us as our CEO, Nurfarini Daing was on the revolving stage in front of a global audience presenting the current update and highlights of social business developments and initiatives in Malaysia since 2013. Shared through spoken words poetry, the developments include the launch of the first Malaysian Social Business Book and the Social Business micro-entrepreneur programme at the summit.
Before the official GSBS 2017 begins, Global Social Business Young Pioneer Meeting was held in Paris for 2 days. Its main objective was for youth around the world who already have their own social business idea (ideation phase or start-up phase) to leverage on this space to fine-tune their business and network.
The delegation from Malaysia who joined the 2-days meeting included the winning team of myHarapan social business challenge 2017 (Active 60) represented by Kenny Sim and Jane Lee with the idea to enable older people in Malaysia who experience isolation and neglect to feel valuable through meaningful participation in the community. Other participants from Malaysia also included winnerss from Program Duta Jauhar 2017 and representatives from Yayasan AOS who are also advocating social business in Malaysia and seen actively participating at the Young Pioneer Meeting.
The third myHarapan Social Business Study Trip visited Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “Rose of the North”. A cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality. This study trip provided an opportunity for those who were keen to pursue social entrepreneurship or to learn from key enterprise practitioners in Thailand. This informal and engaging tour offered practical insights to establish, develop, and operate a Social Enterprise via a thriving grassroots sector. The tour was organised by myHarapan and worked closely with the Thai Social Enterprise localalike which specializes in community-based tourism (CBT).
Held annually, the Social Business Day event is hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Themed ‘Can Wealth Concentration Be Stopped?, the 7th Social Business Day held to once again celebrate social business and highlight new developments in the sector.
One of the highlights was the introduction of the Country Forum segment- and Malaysia was on the line-up. It was hosted by the Malaysian Yunus Social Business Network, the team from myHarapan, along with our friends f
rom Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Institut Darul Ridzuan, and joined by other partners and social business players from Malaysia and the region.
They discussed how all can work together to bring Malaysia to the next level in creating social impact through the country forum discussion that took place at Yunus Centre. A total of around 20 people which included a combination of social entrepreneurs, Ipoh state think tank, Social foundations, academia’s and corporate were present to share and learn various ideas from each other.
Some of the outcome from the country forum meeting that has helped pave the way for more interest and participation of youth and the public in social entrepreneurship are:
1) There is a growing network of Academicians in Malaysia. Hence, more establishment of Yunus Centres in universities to conduct not only research on social business in Malaysia but empowering and facilitating the growth of youth-driven social businesses from students
2) The involvement of city council, corporations and institutions in Perak for the development of Social Business City Ipoh since its’ inception.
3) The importance of employee engagement to get buy-in using bottom-top approach. The presentation by DHL IT Services shared how Social Businesses can pitch their initiatives to corporates using key strategies fitting to corporate cultures making volunteering not a one-off event. They introduced a sustainable urban farming on the roof-top garden and teaching kids from underserved community over the weekends