“Why didn’t I think of this?”

When Cynthia Koenig, an innovative young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people …

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Indispensable for entrepreneurs

A review of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries By Mal Warwick @@@@ (4 out of 5) Bloomberg reports that 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months …

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How Mobile Tech is Transforming Africa

By Sarah Martin For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success …

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“How did you two guys get together?”

By Mal Warwick The query in the title is one of the questions I’ve encountered most frequently over the past several months as Paul Polak and I have been promoting The Business Solution to Poverty around the country. So, to …

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Can Anyone Survive On Crumbs?

THERE IS A HUGE GAP BETWEEN THE DAY-TO-DAY CONCERNS OF THE WESTERN WORLD AND PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON $2 A DAY TODAY. Posted: Sep 11, 2013 – 09:23 AM EST By Joe Sibilia Editor’s Note: Originally written for and published on …

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What does genius look like?

A review by Mal Warwick of Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning author Tracy Kidder has been writing …

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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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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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