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FBNAsia: Polaris Circle – Brewing Up A 21st Century Business





Date & time

01 June 2015



02 June 2015


About this event


To launch Polaris Circles, FBN Asia invites you to spend an evening and a day with us to join successful social entrepreneur David Batstone from Not For Sale and Just Business to explore ways and think up ideas and solutions to prevent human trafficking by creating a sustainable livelihood for this community in Chiang Mai.


Join us in putting this belief into action. We want to gather a small group of creative and innovative individuals to participate in Asia’s first Polaris Circle – designed to incubate new ideas and business models that create growth and help address a specific social or environmental issue of local importance.

Through this interactive and collaborative process, you will:
– Collaborate and co-create innovative new businesses
– Gain practical skills to design, lead and manage your own 21st century business
– Learn how new business models and ideas can address and capitalise on the world’s sustainability challenges

This particular circle will focus on addressing the challenge of establishing a sustainable livelihood for the Akha Hill Tribe in Northern Thailand. In the circle, we will build on the work of Akha Ama, a social enterprise co-founded by Lee Ayu, that currently farms, roasts and distributes its own brand of sustainably grown coffee on a small scale in Thailand.

Polaris Circle: Brewing Up A 21st Century Business


1 JUNE 2015 | MONDAY     6.00pm – 9.30pm
2 JUNE 2015 | TUESDAY    9.00am – 5.00pm


inclusive of dinner on 1 June & pack of Akha Ama coffee
FBN Members: $85 per person
Non-members: $165 per person

Please click here to register.

For enquiries, please email to [email protected].


About David Batstone


Dr David Batstone is co-founder and president of global anti-slavery organization Not For Sale, and co-founder and managing partner of Just Business, an international investment group that incubates social enterprises. He is currently a business professor at the University of San Francisco, and was previously an investment banker in the technology industry.

David has authored five books, is the recipient of two national journalist awards, and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics.

About Polaris Circles

FBN has pledged to ensure a sustainable future for our families, our communities, and our environment for generations to come. This commitment to sustainability is important for family businesses and the benefits of a sustainable approach are apparent to us all: the responsible use of capital is a powerful force for good and with corporate stewardship comes corporate advantage.

With a population nearing 10 billion by 2050, sustainable growth is both the biggest challenge and opportunity facing the world today. We need to deal with a rising number of social issues and contend with environmental degradation – challenges that have already begun to disrupt entire industries and change the competitive landscape. Yet these challenges also open new markets and create opportunities for businesses ready to seize them.

With this in mind, a new series of global forums called ‘Polaris Circles,’ is launched to help accelerate your sustainability journey. These sessions will allow you to use your collective know-how and business acumen to co-create solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our societies. Let us help one another grow, succeed and prosper through reinvention of our own approaches and

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