Bill and Melinda Gates debunk three myths

The 2014 Gates Annual Letter is out. You should read the entire letter. But since my exhortation may not be sufficient, I’ll present a few teasers from the three myths. Myth #1: Poor countries are doomed to stay poor The global picture of poverty has been completely redrawn in my lifetime. Per-person incomes in Turkey …

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12 MOOC perspectives you may not have heard of

[Editor’s Note: There are some who consider educational institutions to be the best examples of social enterprises. I’m not one of them. The reason why I periodically share education perspectives on this blog is because I’m convinced that higher education (and high school education) is being disrupted right now. Whether it’s Khan Academy for middle …

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Is your city resilient? Rockefeller Foundation commits $100 million

re·sil·ience  (r-zlyns)  n. 1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. 2. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity. [Editor’s Note: Replace <material> with <Indian city> and ask yourself how true that statement might be for the city you …

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Is the no-frills traveling MBA program (CREAM) working?

[Editor’s Note: In the early days of this blog (circa Apr 2011), I wrote about  CREAM – a unique no frills traveling MBA program targeting rural and social entrepreneurs.  Last month, I had a chance meeting with CREAM Founder (Ranjeet Ranade). He told me that in the past two years, CREAM had gained considerable traction in …

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A different kind of Indian city

[Editor’s Note: I started this blog in March 2011. My preliminary plan was to research, learn and write about the Indian social enterprise space for at least a year.  What did I intend at the one year mark? I framed the answer in the form of two possible outcomes: a) Future career as a writer/blogger …

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Less Jugaad, More Real Innovation

[Editor’s Note: The World Bank’s Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grants program that surfaces and funds innovative projects with high potential for development impact that are scalable and/or replicable. This is Part 3 of a 3-part series from my guest blogging in Bhopal (early May). Previous episodes here and here.] Sometime last year I was waiting at the …

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World Bank India Development Marketplace: Finalist Review Part 2

[Editor’s Note: The World Bank’s Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grants program that surfaces and funds innovative projects with high potential for development impact that are scalable and/or replicable. This is Part 2 of a 3-part series Part 1 here.] I met two excellent organizations working on agricultural extension yesterday and one of them (Under The …

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World Bank India Development Marketplace: Finalist Review Part 1

[Editor’s Note: The World Bank’s Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grants program that surfaces and funds innovative projects with high potential for development impact that are scalable and/or replicable. Through a combination of grant funds and strategic technical advisory support, the grant aims to catalyze innovative social enterprise solutions delivering a range of social and public …

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