Why the global war on poverty has failed

Why are there still so many poor people in the world after more than six decades of anti-poverty efforts? Social scientists can provide a great many nuanced reasons, but they usually overlook the obvious: 70 percent of the world’s poor live …

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What is “zero-based design?”

In writing The Business Solution to Poverty, co-authors Paul Polak and Mal Warwick compiled the techniques that had worked so well in building profitable new ventures serving the bottom of the pyramid throughout the Global South. They called it “zero-based design,” …

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Business as usual won’t end poverty

By Mal Warwick Business as usual won’t cut it. Nor will a traditional company reformed by adopting CSR as a guide to its business policies and practices. Private sector enterprises can’t succeed in ending poverty unless they recognize vision, leadership, …

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Video of Google Hangout on BOP design

Yesterday Business Solution to Poverty co-author Mal Warwick joined Zahid Torres-Rahman of Business Fights Poverty and Erik Simanis of Cornell University in a one-hour Google Hangout on the topic “The Business Model Behind the Bright Idea.” The emphasis, like that …

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Turning a bright idea into a business

You are invited to join Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model Behind the …

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Join Mal Warwick on Monday June 9

You are invited to join impact investor Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout on Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model …

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Google Hangout with Mal Warwick

You are invited to join impact investor Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout on Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business …

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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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Free audiobook excerpt

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, is available as an audiobook. You can sample the audio here: http://bit.ly/1gF50T4.  

Bootstrapping change in Africa

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade @@@@ (4 out of 5) By Mal Warwick It starts with the title itself — Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa …

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