Tag Archives: Innovation

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Financial Instruments?

A new financial instrument, the Social Impact Bond (SIB) is gaining in popularity. SIBs are designed to transfer the risk of social programmes from the public sector to the private sector, by paying investors when social targets are achieved. […]

Four Visionary Ventures

With so many businesses thinking app size, the world needs big ideas. Ideas like turning human waste into a valuable product, turning nuclear waste into a valuable product, and making medical research more efficient via an open source model.

Read on to find out about several early-stage visionary ventures attempting large-scale change in critical sectors. And find out why I think it’s interesting that these stories are being published. […]

Stanford Ovshinsky

Remembering Stanford Ovshinsky

Compared to both Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, Stanford Ovshinsky combined a love of science, abundant inventiveness and a deep commitment to social values.

Ovshinsky was a prolific American inventor and scientist who was granted well over 400 patents. He received various honorary degrees and awards but had no formal education after high school. He worked tirelessly to change the world’s attitude toward sustainable energy, and his long-term goal was to make fossil fuels obsolete. […]

Derek Handley

Branson’s B Team

Sir Richard Branson calls on our favourite Kiwi entrepreneur, Derek Handley!

Branson reckons business needs a Plan B – laying the groundwork for his latest initiative, The B Team, which boasts New Zealander Derek Handley as CEO. The mission of The B Team is to champion concrete solutions to help make capitalism a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit. […]

Bill Gates

The Power of Catalytic Philanthropy

How would the wealthiest, most astute business people solve the world’s biggest problems?

Bill Gates presents a keynote address to a gathering of philanthropists who have collectively committed to giving away more the $100 billion of personal wealth. In this address, he laid out a vision for ‘catalytic philanthropy’ – creating markets, using capitalistic approaches, to help the needy in long-term, systemic ways. […]

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. […]