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I was lucky enough (along with Victoria Reca) to meet Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Co-president of the HEC Paris Social Business /Enterprise and Poverty Chair as he was invited on HEC campus.
So Now What?
So there you have it, my one shot, my attempt. Maybe you would have done it differently, and thinking back, maybe I would have too, but I believe my questions to be relevant, and they certainly aided my personal search for a more “competent compassion”. Like Victoria Reca, I left with more questions than answers, but I expected this coming in. 30 minutes and 3 questions is nowhere near enough to achieve complete satisfaction.
However, reflecting upon the answers I received to my questions, it is quite clear that they were not direct answers to what I asked, which helped spark further follow-up questions I would ask to Professor Yunus if given the chance. When speaking on the application of microcredit as a solution, while I admire the humility displayed, I would have liked to hear a justification of microcredits from Professor Yunus himself. Moreover, it would have been great to hear specific examples of failed businesses that Professor Yunus learned from and also problems that he backed away from. If possible, I would ask him more about if he has any thoughts on the general characteristics of a problem solvable through business vehicles.
Lastly, when speaking of his driving fire in the face of discouraging global statistics, I believe it would be greatly beneficial to gain more insight into the personal motivation side, as opposed to focusing on wealth concentration and the need to reverse it through wealth redistribution. However, more than the follow up questions I thought of, my biggest takeaway from this is the following mantra – we make the best with what we have. Professor Yunus may not have directly answered my questions a number of times, but the mentality he displayed throughout the interview stuck with me more than any words he said. When speaking of Microcredits, Professor Yunus reiterated that he was not claiming his solution was some sort of magical panacea, but rather the result of him doing what he could do, given his situation and resources. He displayed a humility unexpected for someone of such high stature, albeit somewhat unsurprising for a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As he spoke on the idea of business as a solution and discouragement in the face of unfavorable statistics, the resolve to push forth and keep trying shone through, the fire I had been looking for within his eyes came out. He never became aggressive, but one could clearly see his commitment to taking action instead of laying back and waiting for the perfect solution.
So now what? What will you make of what you have?