This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Fighting poverty with the free market.
Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, talks about using the free market to help eradicate poverty worldwide.
Luciano Barin Cruz, director of the Yunus Social Business Centre at HEC Montreal, talks about the rise of social businesses to address social problems.
Jessica Muñoz, a young social entrepreneur based in Veracruz, Mexico, speaks about the development of Trekhub, a burgeoning social business aimed at improving workplace safety in the region.
Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.
She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.
She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).