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20 years is the timeline to build a new civilization: Prof Yunus

Published : Sunday, 11 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 265

Wolfsburg (Germany), Nov 10 : Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has set a 20-year timeline to build a new civilization alongside replacing the "greed-driven" society which will help remove enormous amount of "frustration and gloom".
"Twenty years, that's the timeline. It's possible," he said urging all to start the countdown to that end and act on that goal.
While sharing his closing remarks at the 9th Global Social Business Summit at Autostadt on Thursday evening, Prof Yunus said any process goes fast when it once starts moving.
Recognising that changes are happening in faster way in the world, he said they will see something is happening around the way a tree grows.
"If we want to build the new civilization, it will happen. Because we want that. If we want it, no force in the world can stop us," said Prof Yunus who is still young at heart.
The founder of Grameen Bank who is worried about three things -- wealth concentration, environmental threats and artificial intelligence -- said building a new civilization is a giant project and a big idea.
"Wonderful things have been done here to see the new civilization. We're ready for that. We shouldn't give up and make it happen in 20 years," said Prof Yunus.
Prof Yunus said amazing things happened in the Summit -- friendship with more people and connectivity with new friends around the world were established.
He hoped more friends will join them to help build new civilization when the 10th Summit will be held in South Africa next year. "We'll see the results."
Prof Yunus said the baby of social business who started journey today with social business will be an adult citizen of the new civilization.
He said there will be a social stock market in the new civilization which will not be greed-driven civilization. "We'll see the change if we change our mind in the right direction." During another session on the closing day, Prof Yunus said it will be a circular economy instead of being a wasteful economy as they were discussing building a new civilization.
Expressing the hope over finding a solution to any crisis, he said, "Every crisis has an opportunity."
Prof Yunus laid emphasis on taking best advantage of opportunity that every crisis brings.
He advised Volkswagen Group to convert itself into a social business or at least 'B Corp' to have better image forgetting the past. "Forget about the past."
The German car giant came under criticism when it admitted cheating emission tests in the United States three years back.    -UNB

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