An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Though written with developing countries in mind, the principles of Zero-Based Design can be put to work anywhere. But now we have a promising alternative approach to this age-old challenge. And even the most promising and cost-effective development projects typically have trouble attracting sufficient funds to scale beyond a few local demonstration sites. In some countries, the results have been tragic: poor people overloaded with debt and nothing to show for it—and even, in one extreme case in India, a wave of dozens of suicides brought on by aggressive debt collectors.
It was very similar to Out of Poverty. I actually was considering buying Out of Poverty. 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. A manufacturing technique in one area may not be the cheapest in another. Corporate leaders are no stranger to risk. 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. Identify solutions by interviewing and living among the target audience.
This involves working with what you have, and might even be called ingenuity. Their motivation is of course to encourage us to think big, but I'm not so sure on this. I definitely suggest reading this even if you aren't an entrepreneur or investor. Polak and Warwick, to their credit, have proven that businesses can generate sizable profits by meeting the needs of the poor. These four areas encompass about 2. Here's how to start making that dent.
Polak and Warwick fully understand that business, not aid, offers the greatest opportunity to serve the world's three billion people living in poverty and that a profit-based solution will move the needle far faster than tired models of traditional philanthropy. Volume of production will be a key to allowing this bottom pyramid to be able to afford the products envisioned by this book. Create aspirational branding Recognize that the poor are discriminating buyers. The risks you took are what make your company great today. Look for money making solutions that will help at least 3 billion people. Paul Polak and Mal Warwick's approach is original, ambitious, and practical--and it just may be the key to reducing the number of people in poverty on a very large scale.
Well written, to the point, with interesting accompanying examples. And they deliver on their promises. I really struggled with this contridiction. The authors show how Zero-Based Design 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. The authors also downplay the importance of shifting the social and cultural norms that make poverty so intractable. Pages and cover are clean and intact.
Promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end this poverty have not reached scale because th The Business Solution to Poverty is a challenging book - especially if one has given over his soul to working with a Non-Governmental Agency Rotary to do good in the world. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. I wanted to reread it since it was a textbook I enjoyed in college, but I ended up buying this instead because it was newer and I hadn't read it yet. For myself - not a business person - but one who is passionate about making change on our planet - this book has given me a wealth of information to build my next project on. But if your business idea looks like it might fit the bill, this book may be just the guide you need to help you on your way.
We need to come up with products that are inexpensive, easy to use and fix, and most importantly increase the users income. I believe we have a responsibility to do so, too. You can learn how to build such a company through this extraordinary book. The tone in their work also implicitly discounts those who help the poor and change lives at a very small scale. This astounding book will teach you how to practice ruthless affordability, zero-based design, last-mile delivery, and other essentials of poverty alleviation. They are asking budding social entrepreneurs to not even bother unless they can imagine a business with 100 million customers, yet the examples they cite to prove their model have not reached anything like that scale. Scale is an essential component of this plan.
The goal is simple—bring out of poverty those 2. Promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources. But in absolute numbers of desperately poor people, there are more today 2. 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. Collectively, these people have gigantic spending power. The E-mail message field is required.
He advocates the concept of zero design, whereby, no assumptions are made beforehand while designing a business model. They need a hand up, not just handouts. Recommended for those who spend a quality portion of one's life trying to make the world a better place for the least among it. This view aligns closely to my belief and because of this I was excited to read the book. I actually was considering buying Out of Poverty on kindle. I have learned more from them than from any other thing I have done in my life. While proponents of traditional foreign aid, development professionals, and multilateralists are unlikely to run out and buy Polak and Warwick's book, it's an interesting read that will inspire many a would-be social entrepreneur to rethink both the scale and scope of their ambitions.
So how do they propose to do it? About this Item: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013. Polak and Warwick elaborate on each principle in the middle section of the book, using Polak's experiences with — an organization he founded in 1981 that has introduced the treadle pump, low-cost drip irrigation, and new marketing practices to nearly twenty million farmers in South Asia and Africa — and his social venture,. The authors show how Zero-Based Design 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. Business, by contrast, treats poor people as workers and customers, empowering them to stand on their own feet. An indispensible resource for all with a big idea, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a drive to make poverty history. These emerging markets represent a vast opportunity for successful enterprises to flourish successfully, and the authors give us a practical guide to doing so.