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The message is clear: impact investing needs a shift in focus, from merely growing individual firms to scaling entire sectors. But have we figured out how to do that? Our experience suggests not yet.
In a recent article, Paul Breloff and Rishabh Khosla make a strong case for the need to measure the indirect impacts of market innovators. They recognize that we are just starting to test monitoring that focuses on sectors and not just on firms, accepts alternative pathways to scale, and tracks influence and awareness as important ...more
Skoll World Forum delegate Marina Silva is “emerging as one of the most disruptive figures in Brazilian politics in a generation,” according to a recent New York Times article.
A vocal environmentalist and campaigner for social justice who has opposed the deforestation of the Amazon, Ms. Silva was selected as the Socialist Party candidate for the October 2014 Brazilian presidential elections after the death of Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.
Born in a small village in northwestern Acre state, Ms. Silva was the first rubber tapper to be elected to the Brazilian senate in 1994. While she served as ...more
“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.
There is so much to enjoy… it’s important that we focus on the good! Watching your nephew play sports, while catching up with family. Taking a calming walk in nature. Cheering on the 49ers with friends!
Sometimes, we are deterred by something that isn’t working. Perhaps it’s a rough spot in business, or a relationship that seemed to get off the rails.
But we can’t get distracted. Find and focus on the enjoyment before us. It need not be a big event, and often is a small but special gratitude.
Then, there are times to patiently persevere. The road might feel a bit rocky under our feet. Yet we must stay the course, step by step. Like a diligent marathon runner we are committed to our course, unrelenting to the finish line. With this experience, ...more
The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.
Lack of access to clean water, violence, illiteracy and limited opportunities to pursue a better life are among the problems highlighted in the Social Progress Index (SPI) for the Amazon, one of the world’s most important ecosystems.
The study paints a picture of social injustice and inequality by charting data from all but one of the region’s 773 municipalities and nine states. Its authors hope it will become a tool for improving development policy as Brazil elects a new president in October.
“From access to clean water and basic education to personal choice and rights, the ...more
In May, UNICEF and the World Health Organization released a report on global improvements in water and sanitation between 1990 and 2012. Many of the findings are encouraging.
- 89% of the population had access to an improved drinking water source, an increase of 2.3 billion people.
- 64% of the population had access to an improved sanitation facility – up 15% from 1990.
But there’s still so much work to do. Improvements in water and sanitation are ...more
Editor's Note: This Article was written by George W.Bakka. Bakka is Ugandan entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Angel's Hub and a Segal Family Foundation partner. He is also an Acumen, Anzisha and Educate! Fellow. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post Blog on August 8, 2014.
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Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems.
Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the radicalization of the youth.
A recent report by the International Crisis Group, ...more
1. Build only on your islands of health and strength.
2. Only deal with people who are receptive to what you are trying to do.
3. Only start projects that will make a significant difference if you are successful.
4. Don’t try to build a business; build an organization.
5. Don’t subsidize failure; subsidize success.
6. Don’t try to fix things that are flawed in their concept. Replace them with a superior concept that works.
7. The only way to perpetuate a new idea is to make it the norm.
Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was an influential writer on management theory. He wrote 39 books, which have been translated into 30 languages. Among his best known books are Concept of the Corporation, The Effective Executive, and Post-Capitalist Society.