Rob Katz

BOP Geometry Lessons – From Pyramids to Circles

Circulo BOPWe talk a lot about pyramids – as in bottom of the pyramid and base of the pyramid – here at NextBillion. Now, (apologies to the math department at Council Rock High School) it’s time to start talking circles. As a follow up to last September’s Mexico conference, WRI, FMCN (New Ventures Mexico) and EGADE are launching a BOP Circle in partnership. The Circulo BOP will convene interested players working on BOP themes, strategies, and approaches in order to drive the Mexican BOP agenda.

A preliminary roundtable was held yesterday in Mexico City that laid the groundwork for the Circle, which will be formally launched in June. The BOP Circle will share resources, lessons, and challenges to try to identify private sector strategies that meet the needs of the BOP. Potential areas of work for the Circle include market research, a BOP pilot, working with the Learning Lab, and participating in the BOP Protocol.

Participants in yesterdays meeting included representatives from Amanco, Booz Allen Hamilton, GE, Ashoka, Philips, and more. The circle will formally launch in mid-June. For information, contact Rodrigo Villar at New Ventures Mexico.