Africa Rising: Growth from the Bottom of the Pyramid

February 10, 2017

When westerners read a news story about Africa, the narrative generally involves poverty, disease, conflict and/or bad governance. That constant … Continued

Globalization Still Needed to Bring Millions out of Poverty

November 21, 2016

“Globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries,” … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Enlisted in Fight to Eradicate Poverty

September 12, 2016

“Eradicating extreme poverty, measured as people living on less than $1.25 U.S. a day, by 2030 is among the sustainable … Continued

Helping People at the Base of the Pyramid Obtain Water

August 26, 2016

“The world runs on water,” writes Betsy Otto, Director of the Global Water Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). … Continued

Does Brexit Vote Signal the End of Globalization?

July 8, 2016

“The historic ‘Brexit’ vote was about much more than a small island’s fear of immigration and a remote European government,” … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires Connectivity and Advanced Analytics

June 30, 2016

“Supply chains,” writes Abe Eshkenazi (@aeshkenazi), CEO of APICS, “are like the central nervous system in humans — they are … Continued

Can Frugal Innovation Save the Global Economy?

April 15, 2016

The global economy is stuck in a malaise. Economists seem uncertain whether this malaise will worsen and plunge the global economy … Continued

Fighting Poverty Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

March 11, 2016

One of the topics I occasionally write about is the plight of those living at the base of the economic … Continued

Technology is Helping the Base of the Pyramid

December 11, 2015

Technology advances come in all forms. Most of us probably think of the latest electronic devices when we think about … Continued

Business at the Base of the Pyramid

October 2, 2015

“Imagine a simple triangle diagram of the planet’s population,” writes John S. Rosenberg. “A fortunate couple of billion upper-income people … Continued

Growing Attention Being Given to Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid

July 31, 2015

Business people understand that increasing the bottom line requires customers; and, for most businesses, those customers are going to be … Continued

Big Data and Technology: Changing the Face of Agriculture

July 20, 2015

There are few certainties in life; but, we all know that the global population is growing (predicted to reach 9 … Continued

Doing Business in Frontier Markets

July 2, 2015

“With the Middle East and north Africa now engulfed in multiple wars,” writes Borzou Daragahi (@borzou), “businesses and investors are … Continued

Addressing Challenges at the Bottom of the Pyramid

June 5, 2015

Nearly 4 billion people in the world are struggling at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Sixty percent of them … Continued

Smart Cities Aren’t Smart if They Don’t Accommodate the Poor

April 24, 2015

“People move to urban areas in search of more jobs and a better life,” writes Axel van Trotsenburg, the World … Continued

Smart Cities Rely on Smart Systems

March 4, 2015

Kanumury Radhesh (@radhesh_k), leader of the Global Entrepreneur Program for IBM India and South Asia, offers this definition of a … Continued

STEM in the Service of the Poor

February 27, 2015

Each year Bill & Melinda Gates publish a letter in which they express their hopes and dreams about a better future … Continued

Food Security: A Growing Global Concern

February 16, 2015

Those of us residing in the United States consider ourselves blessed to be living in a land of plenty — … Continued

Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid using Big Data and Innovation

February 6, 2015

“In his seminal work, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” writes Amitava Chattopadhyay (@AmitavaChats), the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor … Continued

People at the Bottom of the Pyramid are not Just Numbers

January 2, 2015

Pyramids are interesting geometrical shapes. As we all know, their outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point … Continued

2015 Predictions: Emerging Markets

December 18, 2014

Sustained global economic growth primarily depends on continued growth in emerging markets. New middle class consumers in those markets will … Continued

Smart Cities should be Judged by How They Treat the Poor

November 26, 2014

Kamu Iyer, a veteran Mumbai architect, devotes a chapter in his book “Bombay from Precincts to Sprawl,” to discussing what … Continued

Helping Connect People at the Bottom of the Pyramid

October 30, 2014

“No industry or household in the world will reach their future potential without access to broadband,” write Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer) … Continued