Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Social Enterprise

One of the most significant benefits of me being a documentary filmmaker is the access to incredible people I am able to have when filming stories around the world. For the Millennial Dream project our team travelled to Hubli, India to visit the Deshpande Foundation Sandbox, which is a glowing example of how entrepreneurship can be used to solve so many of the world’s most challenging social issues. We had the absolute honour of interviewing last year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi during the Development Dialogue conference.

Mr. Satyarthi is a freedom fighter in the best sense of that title. He has been freeing children from child labour, sex trade and other forms of slavery for the bulk of his life. He has positively impacted over 83,000 children from 144 different countries through his ‘Save the Children Movement’.

Kailash is a strong believer in the power of business to do good. Social entrepreneurship, social ventures, triple bottom line corporations…there are many names for it, but they are all founded on the believe that we can build sustainable, profitable businesses by literally making the world a better place.

This is a raw interview we had with Kailash on this topic. It is unedited. As we assemble the Millennial Dream documentary together, we are finding gold in the raw footage. These collections of footage may never end up in the film, but they add so much to the conversation.

The Millennial Dream world-view is founded on inclusion, freedom, sustainability and justice. I can only think of a few names in our time that has had such a profound impact on our world defending the freedom, rights and integrity of so many children. Hearing a perspective on how business can help change the world’s social challenges from such an icon of social justice is validating.

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