Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems

Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems

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A silent revolution is underway, initiated by social entrepreneurs, pragmatist visionaries who are challenging prevalent business motives and methods to invent market-based solutions to eradicate social injustice. Yet, many fail to succeed and reach real scale, and there are few books that question why or offer real practical solutions to this predicament. Based on original research, the authors uncover why impressive solutions fail to scale up. This book is filled with international case studies of what can be done qwithin the systemq, and augmented by the argument that the traditional division between qfor profitq business that creates economic wealth and the qnot for profitq public and social sectors is breaking down. It examines the solutions that work in some critical areas such as access to energy, safe drinking water, housing and financial services, as well as what can be done to get these innovations out of the lab and into the a diesel generator would serve a few thousand customers who would pay less than $10 per month to get 10a€“15 kWh, ... One of the most successful mini-utility initiatives to date is Husk Power Systems (HPS), a company set up in 2007 by a group of entrepreneurs in India. Gyanesh Pandey, co-founder and CEO of HPS until 2013, had worked in the power management industry in the USA and thusanbsp;...

Title:Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems
Author: Olivier Kayser, Maria Valeria Budinich
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-02-24

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