Muhammad Yunus: Break slavery’s legacy. Don’t ask for a job. Make your own.

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My 13 visits to Davos have produced many interviews with some of the world’s rich, powerful and famous. But none was quite like last night’s discussion with the father of social entrepreneurship, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Feisty and forthright, Bangladesh’s most famous citizen is small in stature but with a gigantic presence.

And he makes so much sense. For instance, why does so much of humanity believe they need to ask others to care for them? Why does the education system brainwash people into believing they have to ask for jobs rather than create them? It’s demeaning, he argues, and unnatural.

All of us are entrepreneurs, Prof Yunus argues, so why can’t the vested interests in Governments and Corporations just get out the way and let humanity get on with what comes naturally? Muhammad Yunus is the Real Deal. And carries a powerful message for South Africa and other countries struggling to overcome industrial age mindsets that have left them with massive unemployment. – Alec Hogg

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