Paul and Mal are on the road

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, coauthors of The Business Solution to Poverty, are attending the annual conference of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), in San Jose, California. On March 20, they delivered the keynote to a pre-conference …

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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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The Design Revolution is underway

By Mal Warwick A lengthy article in yesterday’s New York Times (“Solving Problems For Real World, Using Design“) called attention to the sea change underway in the field of design.  Not so very long ago, designers trained for specialization in a …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-30

Sustainable economic development is the Holy Grail of development specialists worldwide, yet so few efforts to attain it have focused on the right people and the right methods. Poor people must invest their own time and money in raising the …

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Achieving Scale

Scale is the single biggest unmet challenge in development and impact investment today. IDE, the development organization I founded, has helped some 20 million people living on a $1/day move out of poverty, but this is a drop in the bucket …

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¡Viva la revolución

Five years ago, at the Aspen design summit, I said that 90% of the world’s designers spent all of their time addressing the needs of the richest 10% of the world’s customers. I also said that before I die I …

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