Category Archives: Events & Conferences

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid in Nairobi – The Way to Vision 2030

CK PrahaladOn August 17th CK Prahalad was the guest of honour at the conference organized by KPMG training solutions, bringing the ideas of ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ to Kenya.

Long before the actual date, CKP’s picture had been cruising the city of Nairobi via the addposter on the busses, spreading the concept of BOP, which is still not a very wellknown three-letter-abbreviation around here. Although the price for attending this event made it very clear that only TOP were intended, about 300 participants showed up for this event. Of the guests, most were from Kenyan public sector and private companies, plus a few NGOs. I was, representing my current employer Grundfos LIFELINK, one of the only guests from foreign companies.

That, however did not in any way make the event less interesting. On the contrary! One of the key questions of the day was, how the BOP strategy can be applied in Kenya as a tool for development to meet the ambitious Kenyan Vision 2030. CK Prahald’s message was clear: Without an inclusive development strategy that will uplift the 65% of Kenya’s population living below the poverty line in rural areas and urban informal settlements, Kenya will see social conflict and uprising on a large scale like the tragic events of the post-election violence in 2008. You cannot build a prosperous future and a prosperous society without including and developing the resources of the poor majority of the population. Download CK Prahalad’s slides HERE.

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Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise – You can still make it!

Net ImpactAre you a changemaker, an innovator, and/or a problemsolver working to build on the capacity and competencies of business to create sustainable solutions to the challenges in the world? Then check out the NET IMPACT CONFERENCE on ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ENTERPRISE.

WHAT:

2009 Net Impact Conference: “Advancing Sustainable Global Enterprise: Changemakers, Innovators and Problem Solvers”

·         Will bring together the players behind the sustainable global enterprise movement, including sustainability and corporate responsibility practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders.

http://www.netimpact.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=2029

KEYNOTES INCLUDE:
·         Jeffrey Immelt, CEO, GE
·         Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO, Honest Tea
·         Lisa Lorimer, former President and majority owner, Vermont Bread Co.
·         Jeff Furman, Legal Counsel, Ben & Jerry’s

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When BOP meets Clean Tech – Insight and Outcome of the Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise

The Great Convergence

What happens when you bring together 100 change agents, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, intrapreneurs, academics, development sector representatives, and financiers for 3 days in a hotel in New York?

What you get is a lot of connections, a lot of conversation and a lot of conspiration in the most positive sense of the work on how to develop the way forward for bringing clean tech solutions to people in the developing countries.

Personally, what I take away from the Cornell Global Forum on the Great Convergence between Clean Tech and Base of the Pyramid is a lot of inspiration and good conversations ! Very few times in my life have I had the privilege of being in the company of so many visionary people from around the world with their hearts and minds in the right places. Every evening when retiring to my hotel room my head was buzzing with new inspirations, insights and ideas on how to incorporate the strengths of the private sector in delivering solutions to the social and environmental challenges in the world.
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INVITATION: Workshop on Climate Challenges and Base of the Pyramid

The Great Convergence

INVITATION:

Practitioner workshop on BOP and climate challenges at the Joint Actions on Climate Change Conference in Aalborg, Denmark, on June 10 2009.

Driving forward The Great Convergence between Green Technology and Base of the Pyramid

For the full program and further details, please download the invitation here: BOP WORKSHOP AT JAOCC – JUNE 10 2009

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR JUNE 1ST! COME JOIN US!

Introduction: Setting the Scene for Green Tech and BOP

•    4 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid need basic products and services to escape poverty and build sustainable lives in a reality where the global climate changes is a constant challenge
•    A range of sustainable technological solutions already exists, but they seldom reach the needs and markets in the developing countries

Based on this apparent paradox we invite representatives from private and public sector, NGO’s, and academia to explore the potential of business and cross-sector collaboration to bring innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to developing countries.

The workshop will build on the work and recommendations from the summit of Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise in New York in early June 2009, where 100 international leaders and change agents across sectors meet for 3 days to develop solutions and drive forward The Great Convergence between the fields of green technology and Base of the Pyramid (BOP) strategies for doing business in developing countries (www.cornellglobalforum.org).

As part of the Joint Actions on Climate Change June 10th 2009, Aalborg University (www.jaocc.net) we will take these insights and recommendations further and explore barriers and opportunities to develop and implement business-based solutions for climate challenges in developing countries.

The program includes a cross-sector panel debate on the recommendations from Cornell Global Forum, and workshops on BOP Business models, BOP cross-sector partnerships, and people centred innovation with BOP.

Note that deadline for registration is coming up soon – the 29th of May. We hope to see you there!

The workshop is co-hosted by BOP Learning Lab at Confederation of Danish Industries, access2innovation, and BOP Innovation.

Social Innovation Tour to South Africa, May 2009

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Are you interested in exploring social innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa? Or do you know other people who might be?

Then check out this Learning Journey that will give you insigth and inspiration from the new South Africa that is emerging from social entrepreneurship and cross-sector partnerships. Download the program here: Africa CREATE Invitation

Base of the Pyramid and Climate Change

Joint Actions on Climate Change

Reserve the dates of 8-10 of June 2009 to participate in the Joint Actions on Climate Change Conference in the city of Aalborg in Denmark.

The conference is a joint endeavour bringing together five conferences in the field: European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, The Greening of Industry Network; SCORE!; Nordic Life Cycle Association, and Euro Sustainability. After 15 years of separate growth, it is now time to join forces to bring action and consensus on solutions.

Together with PhD student Jacob Ravn from Aalborg University, I am organizing a research workshop as well as a seminar for practitioners from different sectors to explore:

The potential and pitfalls of the Base of the Pyramid Strategy to bring innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to developing countries. Continue reading

Research perspectives on Base of the Pyramid

Research Workshop at SPIRE

What is the role of privat sector in international development? What has it been over time, and how is it changing with BoP activities?

What are the implications of using terms as customers, consumers, users, bop’s, people, citizens, and more, when talking about people in developing countries, now the target of attention from the concept of Base of the Pyramid?

What would a Scandinavian model of BoP look like?

Can and should we develop some kind of quality standards or ethical guidelines for companies engaging in BoP activities?

Theese were some of the questions on the table at a research workshop at the SPIRE research centre of Participatory Innovation at University of Southern Denmark, which I organized recently. The call of the workshop was:

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