Does business always exploit the poor?

By Paul Polak and Mal Warwick We recognize that a great many readers of our book, The Business Solution to Poverty, might fear that the big companies we advocate building — the “new breed of multinational corporations” we write about — would …

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“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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To end poverty, help poor people earn more money

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, highlights 20 “takeaways” that encapsulate much of the book’s essence. Today we feature the third of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  The most obvious, direct, and effective …

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The Guardian reports on SunWater

In an article entitled “Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration” in theguardian.com, Kristine A. Wong refers to the new technology at the core of Paul Polak’s company, SunWater, as a dramatically cheaper alternative to diesel engines and …

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Innovation in Africa

Recently Mal Warwick posted an article here highlighting the widespread innovation in sub-Saharan Africa (“Who are the innovators?” May 10, 2014).  In the same vein, a South African technology writer named Toby Shapshak (pictured at right) recently delivered a TED …

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Who are the innovators?

By Mal Warwick Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs – but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, for example – a place long considered virtually synonymous with innovation. Twelve companies originating from that hotbed of invention …

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Clean Water for India

By Paul Polak Spring Health, our rapidly scalable safe drinking water company designed to go global, has now started its commercial rollout in India by recruiting and training 90 new full-time staff, and expanding from 35 villages to 105 villages …

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Picture of the Week 2013-10-25

Spring Health (India) is the first of four companies Paul Polak is building to prove the concept that truly large business enterprises can be built that will transform the lives of poor people while generating handsome profits. Here, two early …

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