Social Business City Barcelona is a local program inspired in a global concept: social business. The main goal of this program is to transform social needs identified in the city by promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship and social businesses. We understand “social business” as those organizations whose primary aim is having a positive social impact and, in order to do so, they use business as a tool. This program and the concept that represents are inspired on Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize Laureate 2006.
SBC Barcelona, thus, identifies local social needs and, through an initial three-year activity program, it wants to achieve a social challenge. After an accurate analysis of social needs in the city of Barcelona, the first big social challenge has been settled: reducing youth unemployment rate. In order to achieve this goal, SBC Barcelona fosters a social alliance between different actors of the city, like the City Council, existing social businesses and other private organizations that want to contribute achieving this challenge. Additionally, SBC Barcelona can count on international partners aligned to the Social Business Movement, like the Yunus Centre Dhaka, SBC Pistoia, YSBCUF and the Grameen Creative Lab.
We want a city suitable for young people’s future! To do so, we think the youth have to be the protagonists of their own change. SBC Barcelona works introducing them a tool that can help them achieving their aspirations and desires: social business. Moreover, SBC Barcelona accompanies young people becoming acquainted with it and helps them implementing this tool.
Different activities have been defined so they can be implemented during the first year:
- “Doing Social Business” – A training course at Universities and Professional Training schools to spread the social business concept as an alternative when it comes to launch businesses;
- “Youth For Social Entrepreneurship” Awards – A call that prizes the best social business models defined by young people of the city;
- Lab “Co-creating social businesses” – A meeting creative lab to enhance social business ideas by combining knowledge and experience from different people (youth, adults and seniors).
Tandem Social, a non-profit cooperative located in Barcelona, whose primary goal is transforming social needs through accompanying social entrepreneurs and social businesses, is coordinating the implementation plan.
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