The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers (Hardcover)

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    Right now the number of people living on $2 a day or less is more than the entire population of the world in 1950. These 2.7 billion people are not just the world’s greatest challenge—they represent an extraordinary market opportunity. By learning...

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    Paul Polak, widely considered the father of market-based solutions to poverty, is founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture launching new businesses to serve the poor and the latest of three organizations he has founded. He is the winner of numerous awards, including being named one of The Atlantic’s 27 “Brave Thinkers” in 2009.

    Mal Warwick, former chairman of Social Venture Network and a co-founder of Business for Social Responsibility, is founder and chairman of Mal Warwick / Donordigital, a fundraising agency serving nonprofits nationwide. He is one of three partners in One World Futbol Project LLC
    Right now the number of people living on $2 a day or less is more than the entire population of the world in 1950. These 2.7 billion people are not just the world’s greatest challenge—they represent an extraordinary market opportunity. By learning how to serve them ethically and effectively, businesses can earn handsome profits while helping to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems.

    The key is what Paul Polak and Mal Warwick call Zero-Based Design: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what they call “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.”Polak has been doing this work for years, and Warwick has extensive experience in both business and philanthropy. Together, they show how their design principles and vision can enable unapologetic capitalists to supply the very poor with clean drinking water, electricity, irrigation, housing, education, healthcare, and other necessities at a fraction of the usual cost and at profit margins attractive to investors.

    Promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources. This book opens an extraordinary opportunity for nimble entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives that will result not only in vibrant, growing businesses but also a better life for the world’s poorest people.

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    ISBN 9781609940775
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 245
    Publisher Date 2013-09-09 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Berrett-Koehler Pub
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.3 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Polak, Paul

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