Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Grow Movement: Consultants Doing Good!

London fund manager Chris Coghlan was making emerging market investment decisions every day based on telephone calls and email. One day he wondered whether consulting assistance provided solely through telephone and email could benefit a developing country entrepreneur, and what impact this economic empowerment would have on local communities.

An idea became a plan, a plan became a movement, and today the Grow Movement has 250 entrepreneurs, volunteer consultants and support team members in 30 countries from every major culture. The first 40 projects in Uganda helped create 100 jobs and increase profits by an average of 20 percent. […]

Fortune’s Global 500: Four Growth Trends

The world’s largest companies posted record revenues in 2011 of US$29.5 trillion, up 13.2 percent from the previous year. Where will the growth come from next?

Fortune’s Global 500 prompted me to think about majority world consumers and resource scarcity. […]

The Majority World in Pictures: Unlocking Creative Value from Unexpected Places

A business built on images from lesser known photographers: identifying and unleashing value from the majority world.

A young girl backstage waiting her turn at a beauty pageant. Family members sharing a joke. Children playing on a jungle-gym. You might see these images in any newspaper or magazine. But these are unique. They were taken by photographers that were capturing moments of the life around them, a life they happen to be part of as nationals from the majority world. […]

Toast Marshmallows. Charge Gadgets. Save the World

BioLite’s camp stove requires half the fuel of an open fire, reduces emission by 95% and creates electricity which can charge small electronics.

The inventors have now turned their attention to a larger stove for home use, with the intention of bringing these benefits to the developing world. In doing so, they have deliberately chosen a market approach rather than a charitable model based on fundraising. […]