Spotlighting “Creative Capitalism:” It Is What You See
Today, Bill Gates’ speech at Davos has thrown the spotlight on “creative capitalism” and an emerging groundswell of interest in market-based solutions and business models that can drive positive social and environmental change. The excitement around these ideas to create self-sustaining, scalable options for development at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BoP) is encouraging, and the potential for a snowball effect of increased action is huge.
Yet all of the grand words and fanfare remind me that what is most riveting – what really seems to capture attention and combat ingrained suspicions (about “development aid” and about “capitalism”) – are the actual stories of the models themselves.
So, today I’d like to provide a brief vignette of pieces that NextBillion has posted over the last few years that give direct windows onto how “creative capitalism” works, and what it looks like in action:
Large companies serving the BoP:
Intel’s World Ahead
Small entrepreneurs serving the BoP:
Solar Electric Light Fund
Water Health International
Non-profits using market-based models:
International Development Enterprises (IDE)
Patient Capita/Venture Philanthropy:
Design and Technology for the BoP:
One Laptop Per Child
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