An Open Letter to Larry Page

Dear Larry, In your recent conversation with Charlie Rose at TED, you said you’d rather hand over your cash to Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City) instead of donating it to a philanthropic organization.  I understand the sentiment. The nonprofit …

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Where do the poor live?

While the overall number of the world’s poor, defined as those living on $2 a day or less, has been rising rather than falling, their distribution across the planet has changed dramatically in recent decades.  As of 2008, the distribution …

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And the winner is . . .

Rob Lavoie of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has won the Net Impact $5,000 Business Solution to Poverty Challenge. His entry was the unanimous choice of the three judges, Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, coauthors of The Business Solution to Poverty, and …

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Spring Health featured in Indian business press

Filling Up Fast By Vikas Kumar Business Outlook India Three companies show why providing safe drinking water in India can be a sustainable business Sarvajal Started in 2008 Investment so far Rs 40 lakh Customers per day 100,000 Waterlife Started in 2006 No. of …

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Eyeglasses for the world

By Paul Polak and Mal Warwick On January 2 this year, The Guardian revealed that a German physics teacher had been inspired by Paul’s book, Out of Poverty, to produce $1 eyeglasses and market them in Rwanda.   Martin Aufmuth, …

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Sun-Powered Irrigation

By Jack Keller, P.E., Paul Polak, Paul Storaci, and Robert Yoder A note from Paul Polak: This is the last paper my dear friend and soul brother, Jack Keller, wrote, He died recently at the age of 85 at an …

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Picture of the Week 2013-09-13

Living Goods manages a network of microentrepreneurs in Uganda who go door-to-door to educate consumers on critical health issues and sell high-impact health products such as bed nets, deworming pills, antimalaria treatments, safe water filters, treatments for diarrhea, and fortified …

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