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Nuts About Oil: Rural Enterprise in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Proximity Designs

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgU San Lwin has been milling peanut oil for 55 years, iterating everyday to ensure the best possible quality.

Turning on the Lights in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Proximity Designs

Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...

How to Solve India's Poverty Crisis

Paul Polak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Paul Polak

The only effective large-scale answer to extreme poverty is to stimulate rapid scalable growth centered specifically in the villages where most poor people live, not urban-centered growth that generates only a trivial trickle-down impact.

Achieving Scale From Trash to Cash

Paul Polak | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

In the end, an effective scaling strategy boils down to answering a large number of fairly simple questions. But the devil is in the details, the more of which you consider, the greater your chance of success!

The Building Blocks of Innovation

Sameer Hajee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

Innovation builds on innovation. Our technology and business model five years ago could not have worked. But today, as we combine both old and new technology, we have a fighting chance to alleviate energy poverty... once and for all.

The Poor: An Endangered Species?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

More than a billion have been lifted out of poverty in the past twenty years; by 2030, the total number of poor people will be down to 200 million, with virtually none in China.

Renewable Energy Vital for Myanmar's Development

Simon Henschel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Simon Henschel

How will Myanmar be able to increase its electrification rates in a way that can first catch up and then keep pace with the country's rapid development?

The Massive Market Opportunity in Better Health for Africa

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

Given the billions of aid dollars spent to improve the health systems of Africa, it may surprise you to learn that the majority of Africans still turn to the private sector for their health care. Not because the private sector provides cheaper prices. But rather, for many, it remains the only option.

Scaling Up Social Innovation - Lessons Learned

Sameer Hajee | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

In 2012, after 3 years of improving our technology and our business model, we finally started to scale beyond the pilot.

4 Transformative Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Paul Polak | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

I'm going to describe a little bit about the four businesses and then we'll have a little bit of time for question and answers. Here's an example in...

4 New Global Businesses

Paul Polak | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

My dream is to create four new global businesses. Each one of these businesses will serve at least 100 million customers, generate at least ten billio...

Simplicity Brings Hope to the Digital Age

Paul Polak | Posted 01.28.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

Can the design genius of Steve Jobs and Apple be harnessed to create a $15 iPad that would create revolutionary transformative markets serving the world's 3 billion most bypassed customers?

Building A Better Mousetrap Is Only The Beginning

Paul Polak | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Paul Polak

In my work with a multitude of affordable technologies over the past 30 years, one key feature has become abundantly clear: If you have met the challenge of designing a transformative, radically affordable technology, you've successfully solved no more than 10-20% of the problem.

Poverty Revisited

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Ricardo B. Salinas

A fundamental step toward reversing conditions of underdevelopment is rethinking concepts and trying to understand our complex reality: looking at things from a new point of view.

Remembering the Remarkable Ideas of BOP Guru, C K Prahalad, 1941-2010

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bhagwan Chowdhry

C K Prahalad challenged the business world to think out-of-the-box and devise efficient strategies to serve the poor without sacrificing the profit motive.

Entrepreneurship Will Lead Us Out of This Mess: Yunus' World From Micro to Macro

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

This time, instead of believing in the same old trickle down economics, know that it will be grassroots bottom of the pyramid building up.