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“All human beings have unlimited potential, unlimited capacity,unlimited creative energy”
in conversation with Piotr Dutkiewicz
Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Prize winner(
) for combating poverty via the micro-credit system that he developed in Bangla-desh and spread to other countries in Asia.He previously was a professor of economics,where he developed the concepts of micro-credit and micronance. These loans are givento entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for tradi-tional bank loans. Presently he is chancellor ofGlasgow Caledonian University.
uhammad Yunus is amous as an economist and a philanthro-pist, but he takes issue with both labels and with the way thatmainstream economics and philanthropy are practiced.* He sees pov-erty, an issue he has sought to tackle in his writing and through hisbusiness endeavors, as a systemic problem that robs individuals o theircapacity or sel-realization. He argues that only in a system that valuesmoney above all else and sees humans as atomized, selsh actors canills like poverty and unemployment be seen as natural or even desir-able. He argues that most economics excludes the possibility o humans
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* All headnotes written by iotr utkiewicz.