This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.
Together, Dow, Acumen, Unilever and other participating MNCs, NGOs, and SEs, are developing and continuously improving on a process to leverage each other's greatest assets to grow their enterprises and build a better world.
"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.
Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.
Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on. Our team ended the year with a resolution to start 2015 with a plan to somehow make it feel less crazy.
It's often easy to look at the past and see how leaders pushed through fear. But, in the present, it can be painfully difficult to push through fear when it's so much easier to sit comfortably. Not take a leap of faith. Not start an idea. Not question a boss.
The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.
"Join us, and together we will build a better world for all to prosper," was the message at this week's high-spirited UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that included heads of global corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations.