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 →
Risky business: the dangerous myth of the ‘risk-averse’ small –holder farmer
Betting the farm. Literally. At least a few men and women have made a bet which in one stroke changed their fortune. George Soros is one example whose bet against … 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 →
Is preschool a waste of time for children in the developing world?
Tears and excitement often make an appearance on a child’s first day in school. Adults are also sharing excitement – and maybe tears – about preschool, although in a different … 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 →
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 →
“How the World Failed Haiti,” an Irishman, and Self-Help
In Voudou – a religion developed in Haiti based on African roots – Papa Legba controls the crossroads, or the communication, between Man and what most followers of the Judeo-Christian … Continue reading →
Why Farmers Don’t Share and How (Hopefully) to Fix It
There is a widely accepted story (gospel, even) that farmers (particularly those in rural areas) eagerly share information. The belief is that neighbours, in the bucolic hills and valleys of … Continue reading →
What Enterprises Need to Do for the World’s “New” Billion Poor Individuals
Two decades ago, 93% of the world’s poorest people lived in low-income countries (LICs). Today, according to the Center for Global Development, 72% of the world’s poorest people live in … Continue reading →