Viewpoint: The World Needs A Vast Portfolio Of Solutions To Match Our Portfolio Of Problems

Friday, August 2, 2019

By Devin Thorpe

“No one can make progress until they have clean water.”

“No one can do anything until they have enough food to eat.”

“Having a good job solves all the other problems someone may have.”

“Education is the single key to a prosperous future.”

“Supportive housing is the solution to homelessness.”

“All we need to do to reverse climate change is plant more trees.”

Over the years I’ve been writing about social entrepreneurship and impact investing, I’ve heard all these statements and many other oversimplifications of problem solving. It is our desire for a simple solution that drives this thinking—not the reality of the situation. The reality is helping people and the environment to overcome their challenges is complex.

Photo courtesy of reynermedia.

Source: Forbes (link opens in a new window)

global development, impact investing