Are small projects worthwhile?

By Mal Warwick In The Business Solution to Poverty, Paul Polak and I advocate the “Don’t Bother Trilogy,” which reads as follows: a)    If you haven’t talked to at least 100 customers in some depth before you start [your venture], …

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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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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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Winter Newsletter

For the latest news about Spring Health and SunWater, two of the companies Paul is building to combat poverty on a global scale — plus a handy guide to some of the many articles that have appeared about The Business …

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Is Business the Answer?

By Mal Warwick One of the challenges Paul Polak and I are now facing when we speak about our book, The Business Solution to Poverty, is to overcome the widespread conviction that business is part of the problem, not the …

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Achieving Scale at the Bottom of the Pyramid

By Adva Saldinger 11 November 2013 in Devex Impact   The challenges of scaling successful development interventions is often discussed and bemoaned. In their new book “The Business Solution to Poverty,” Paul Polak and Mal Warwick argue that a solution to …

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