Paul Polak’s Top 10 Books

By Paul Polak Following is a list of the ten books that have been most helpful in increasing my understanding of the world. 1)    Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher (Blond & Briggs, 1973) 2)    …

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Picture of the Week 2013-8-16

To residents of rich countries, the amounts of cash changing hands in market transactions may seem so small as to be inconsequential. However, the pennies this Ethiopian farmer earns from selling her produce on the street in town each week …

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Picture of the Week 2013-8-9

  Living Goods, a nonprofit organization founded in the USA, 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 like bed nets, deworming pills, antimalaria treatments, safe …

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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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The Future Corporation

  by Paul Polak The Future Corporation will remain competitive in the global marketplace by creating vibrant new markets serving $2 a day customers at scale. Three years ago, General Motors, the biggest, most powerful corporation in the world,was brought …

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How Much Money is Enough?

By Paul Polak How much money is enough, and what will I do with myself when I get there? This question is just as challenging for multimillionaires as it is for dollar-a-day farmers. The dilemma is tantalizingly similar for both. …

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