Summit in Vienna: Inspriation and Network

Inge Patsch from Monon with Queen Sophia from Spain and Professor Mohammed Yunus
Queen Sofia of Spain and Professor Yunus visiting Monon e.U.

Inspiration, more clear visions and contacts to very interesting and committed persons are the three main things we took from the Global Social Business Summit 2012 last week in Vienna. At our booth in the 'Space of Entrepreneurs' as well as during the breaks new ideas emerged together in discussions with other projects like Babele - an online platform for planning and financing of ideas in the field of social businesses, Hope Media - a new magazine in the area of social businesses - or for example the creation of a theater play for schools, which brings awareness for the zero-waste-movement into schools. Other participants of the space of entrepreneurs dealt with the issue of sustainable and power-saving lights like the campaign klares Licht or Variomondo - a social and ecological sustainable trading company which is operated as social business.

I have been very pleased by the numerous visitors at our booth: Queen Sofia of Spain and Professor Muhammed Yunus as well as all the other visitors coming from various fields and showed interest in our activities. Throughout the manifold discussions and questions to the business idea behind Monon e.U. our concepts have been refined, sophisticated and in the same time simplified. I want therefore to thank everybody for all the critical questions, and especially Susanne for supporting me and giving me feedback again and again. All the inspiration and new thoughts will be reworked during the next weeks and will be integrated in our re-launched website, which will contain a simpler and clearer presentation of our products and services.

Susanne and Inge at the Global Social Business Summit
Susanne and Inge at the Global Social Business Summit. Thanks for the picture to Markus Feix from Variomondo

But before this new concepts are published, Inge Patsch will leave next week for Nepal to work together with Anil Sapkota on the strategic development of the VHS Bhaktapur. During the upcoming 4 - 6 months I will as well make inquiries for other projects in Nepal and India and strengthen the contact to international organizations which are operating in this area. Last but not least, I'm looking forward to visiting the Yunus Center in Dhaka and hope that I can contribute to the establishing of their idea in Nepal.

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