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Rob in Thailand meeting with a potential manufacturing partner
October 8, 2014 Rob Weiss

How should we view the world’s poor: as impoverished recipients of humanitarian aid, or a dynamic, untapped market? Influential books including CK Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” and Paul Polak’s “Out of Poverty” proposed that visionary social enterprises—companies that seek both financial returns and positive impact on human lives—can “do well while doing good” by delivering goods and services to the world’s least-wealthy people.

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A doctor walks Krista through an Indian community health clinic last year.
October 3, 2014 Krista Donaldson

About two months ago, The Guardian’s Global Health team asked me to contribute five innovations that I thought would be revolutionary in global health. After kibitzing with my colleagues at D-Rev, I submitted a list, and after a few weeks received a polite note saying that my submission wasn’t really …

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September 22, 2014 Jesse Hamlin

Last Friday, the nonprofit arm of IDEO, launched Design Kit, a set of mindsets, methods, and case studies to learn a practical, repeatable approach to arriving at innovative solutions. The kit includes everything from a Business Model Canvas to Brainstorming Guides to Funding Strategies. According to, “human-centered design …

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September 9, 2014 Scott Erickson, Guest Blogger

It’s 10 a.m. and I’m hanging outside a car window, camera in hand trying to get the shot as we make our way through dense traffic. Again. This time I’m in Bali, it’s hot and sticky outside, and for the first time in a while, I’m not getting paid to …

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