Nobel Peace Prize

February 23, 2010 - 9:21pm
Muhammad Yunus shares his vision of "Creating a World Without Poverty" with a receptive Hendricks Chapel crowd.

The man of the hour strolled down the aisle shaking hands and posing for pictures with the astounded crowd as he approached the stage. This scene may sound reminiscent of a Hollywood red carpet or political rally, but the star Tuesday night wasn’t a celebrity — he was an economist.

Muhammad Yunus, a world-renowned Nobel Peace Prize winner, has that effect on people.

Audience members sat elbow-to-elbow in the Hendricks Chapel pews to hear Yunus recall his journey.

February 23, 2010 - 2:33pm
World-renowned economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner shares how his business model can be utilized for academics and crisis relief.

Muhummad Yunus is changing the world and challenging the status quo one person at a time. Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, created the Grameen Bank in 1983 to eradicate poverty through micro-lending in his native Bangladesh.

The premise? Give money to poor women to start their own businesses and emerge from poverty by their own hands. Yunus calls this new way of thinking the social business model.