Private Equity meets Sustainability: And this too shall pass?
Here today, gone tomorrow “Can’t touch this.” As a child of the ’80s, in my mind, I wanted three “parts” (lines), like McHammer on the side of my head. My … Continue reading →
‘Growth Hacking’ and Micro-Enterprises
Call me crazy, but I don’t like the phrase “hacking.” At best, I think of a less than sharp axe trying to cut a tree. At worst, numerous bloody screenshots … Continue reading →
The “1099” / “Sharing” economy and Social Impact: When ‘good’ jobs go ‘bad’?
“For many people in emerging markets, a reliable job is the most effective means of escaping poverty. Steady jobs change lives” [EY Growth Services] Sharing is not always caring Deliveroo, … Continue reading →
More than ‘Cool Runnings’: Social Enterprises in the Caribbean (and Africa)
To some, the Caribbean brings to mind beaches or even a movie of questionable appeal about an unexpected group of men in a bobsled. It may be less common, though, to … Continue reading →
SMS, Sugar and Apps: Portents of Africa’s potential
‘Hopeless continent or Basket Case’ Only a bit more than a decade ago, it was quite common to find an unending and consistent view of Sub-Saharan Africa as a ‘hopeless … Continue reading →
In the early-mid 2000’s, and with continued fervour since then, ‘Social Enterprise’ and ‘Social Impact’ have become increasingly prevalent terms. Among a growing class of freshly-minted graduates and young professionals, … Continue reading →
The Wire: improving remittances to the developing world
From the parable of the Prodigal Son to songs in Reggae music, a common narrative exists about a youth, departing the childhood home and squandering precious funds abroad. However, outside … Continue reading →
Let there be light: rural electrification in Asia and Africa
In some parts of the world, the sun is the most reliable source of light for many households. At night, entire families learn how to clean and eat with light … Continue reading →
Yes, but can you do it again? Repeatability and social impact
Successful shots from the middle of the basketball court. Businesses that release the right product at the right time at the right price, with ensuing profits. Books that strike a … Continue reading →
Ode to a Black boy. A Latin American girl. An Asian child.
In Forbes, Gene Marks wrote an article titled “If I Were a Poor Black Kid.” In essence, the piece was a hopeful – if somewhat “pull your socks up” – … Continue reading →