In 1991, when I was a Social Work student at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, I remember reading about the Grameen Bank. It was the first time I had heard about microcredit. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Prof. Yunus during his visit to SFU, in Vancouver. Prof. Yunus shared his experiences with microcredit, his thoughts on the impact of capitalism on our society and ideas for a new economic system.
What was most inspiring for me was the fact that Prof. Yunus did not just focus on the problems, he came up with potential solutions and made a difference in the lives of millions. My main take away from today, “We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest”.
I have just started to read Prof. Yunus’s latest book, A WORLD OF THREE ZEROS – The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions. It is a must read!