Entrepreneurial Revolution to Prosperity: ICSB’s Vision 2024
In 2022, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) held its World Congress in Washington, D.C., with a theme that resonated around the globe: the Entrepreneurial Revolution. This theme was both groundbreaking and shocking, as ICSB declared a revolution was indeed happening in the entrepreneurship domain.
Catalysts of Change
The Entrepreneurial Revolution, as defined by ICSB, has been fueled by a confluence of global challenges in recent years. Among these are the lingering and devastating effects of the war in Ukraine, the relentless battle with Covid-19, and the escalating challenges related to climate change.
These pressing issues have shaped the global landscape and galvanized a new era of entrepreneurial spirit that requires innovation, frugality, resilience, and a collaborative mindset.
Entrepreneurship for Humanity & Peace: The 2023 ICSB World Congress
The 2023 World Congress centered on “Entrepreneurship for Humanity & Peace.” The rationale behind this theme was the urgent need to counter the global challenges faced in 2022 with a proactive and united plan.
ICSB emphasized a multi-faceted approach, focusing on all aspects of this strategy. One of the critical elements highlighted was the role of Women and Youth entrepreneurship, especially in alignment with the UN Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Day. This perspective stems from an understanding that empowering these demographic groups can lead to a more inclusive and robust global economy.
Progress and the Path Forward Based on a Human-Centered Approach
While there is a sense of progress and a growing global dialogue surrounding these issues, the ICSB recognizes that a significant spark is needed to propel this movement further. The focus is now shifting to what is believed to be the solution: harnessing the ideas of the youth and leveraging technology as a driver.
The power of young minds, fueled by technological innovation, can catalyze positive change, bridging gaps and creating opportunities. It’s a path that acknowledges the interdependence of various sectors and the need for a cohesive strategy to tackle global challenges.
Upcoming: The 2024 ICSB World Congress in Berlin, Germany
As the world continues to grapple with the complexities of the current global landscape, the ICSB is actively planning for the future. A new theme for the 2024 World Congress is on the horizon, with the promise of further building on the momentum created.
There’s a palpable sense of anticipation as the ICSB continues championing the cause of the Entrepreneurial Revolution. With a clear vision and a collaborative approach, they are making strides towards a future where entrepreneurship is not merely a business concept but a tool for building peace, humanity, and a more harmonious world.
Stay tuned as the journey continues and a new chapter unfolds in the exciting and ever-evolving world of entrepreneurship. The ICSB’s unwavering commitment to innovation and social responsibility promises to guide us towards new horizons, as they declare, “We have a plan.”
by: Ayman ElTarabishy
President & CEO, ICSB