paul polak

paul polak

[golden, co]

intro’d to Paul via a conversation with David.

struggling/wondering/curious -about his focus on market/profitability.. answers through lower cost.. people as customers..

taking him in first here:

The Business Solution to Poverty

3 movements:

1. end extreme poverty – basically failed unless we find new ways of addressing poverty

2. social impact – unless find ways of demonstrating commercial profitability at scale.. will die

3. big business – has been in global recession – now coming out of it – but using same overconsumption patterns that led to recession in first place.. unless focusses on 2.7 million that aren’t being served (live on under 2 dollars/day) will die

charity doesn’t bring people out of poverty..

5 min – where can big business find the next china?

for big business, extreme poverty, investing…

why hasn’t big business entered the market of the 3ish billion living on under 2 dollars a day

refers to them – as 2 dollar a day customers

profitability at scale…?

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silly to question this brilliant man no?

but how has he gotten so much acclaim, done so much good, and poverty still prevails..

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http://www.smithsonianmag.com/making-a-difference/paul-polak-social-entrepreneur-golden-colorado-632757/

Paul Polak has been helping people escape poverty in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and elsewhere for 27 years. 

You have great hopes for a $100 house.
Virtually all “dollar-a-day” people in rural areas own their own houses. But the walls are made of mud and wattle, usually there’s a thatched roof, and the floor is a mixture of dung and clay. The house has no value. You can’t sell it and, even more critically, you can’t go to a bank and use it [as collateral] for a loan. But for $100 you can build a 20-square-meter house—a skeleton of eight beams and a good roof that they can add bricks or cinder blocks to. Then they can go to the bank and borrow against it.

oh my.no?
schooling the world ness. Helena?
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2011

TEDxMileHigh – The Future Corporation

customers that live on less than 1 dollar a day – have become my teachers/friends

3 billion by passed customers

treadle pump – whoa..

20 mill people move out of poverty via ide

to sell safe drinking water at scale – springhealth/windhorse

revolution – in market/business – in design/price

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what if zero based design’s starting from scratch means money doesn’t exist..

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just finishing the business solution to poverty..

many wonderings.. why is money assumed… why aren’t local people coming up with the problem… what about zooming out more to a deeper problem.. one for 7 billion + people.. no?

this phrase shows up a lot: there are lots of great ways to make money, but relatively few that will respond to the needs of poor people and turn a handsome profit as well.

another: it’s essential that you speak at length with – and, more important, listen to – what poor people say about your idea.

sounds like spinach or rock ness of pbl et al.

imagine a nother way

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find/follow Paul:

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his site:

http://www.paulpolak.com/

wikipedia small

 

 

 

 

 

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poverty

money ness

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