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I was lucky enough to meet Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, Co-president of the HEC Paris Social Business /Enterprise and Poverty Chair as he was invited on HEC campus.
- Individuals Ecosystem
Working in an ecosystem means different actors of society, government, think tanks, business, NGOs, individuals, striving towards the same goal, each one understanding its role and its limits. I wanted to know how much importance Prof. Yunus gave to this issue, and if it could limit the results of potential solutions. Prof. Yunus thinks that “each time you bring another force to collaborate (with) one force it becomes stronger than one” so “your total strength is better than one” but that this does not mean that collaboration is not essential. Prof. Yunus believes “a single individual is powerful enough to change the whole world”.
After all the experience he has had, I would have expected him to emphasize the strength of a network rather than the power of individuals by saying “don’t overestimate the power of an individual”. Furthermore, Prof. Yunus made a special call for entrepreneurs: “why are we working for somebody else? Why not work for ourselves? We are entrepreneurs”. Even so, can’t this call for entrepreneurs generate competitions and individualism, which would go against the power of the ecosystem? Should we prioritize the power of an individual or that of an ecosystem?
- Final Reactions
I left the interview with more questions than I had come with. The strong messages and ideas I had learned about through his books are now more malleable than I had expected them to be. I was seeking more complex answers and sometimes found myself with broad responses that may be satisfying but I question how realistic, or practical, they may be. Even so, what remains clear is Prof. Yunus’s conviction for trial and error in our way of trying to solve a problem. The society many times limits creativity and ideas. Still, Prof. Yunus’s frequently said: “the challenge is: do it”. Hearing this from Prof. Yunus is encouraging and knowing that “there are many things that (he has tried) that didn’t work” is as well. The most important message I take from our exchange with Prof. Yunus is the need to find that inner drive, and motivation, that will serve as a motor to truly dedicate myself to one cause.