A creative revolution is underway around the design of products and services that transform the lives of poor people. But perhaps the most exciting activity is around combining design innovation with business model innovation, so that social impact can be achieved on a massive scale. Without a clear business model, the bright ideas behind new products and services will not be able to reach the scale needed.
In the first Google Hangout of the 2014 Design Expo, we will be discussing the importance of business models with Mal Warwick, Author, The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies, Cornell University.
The session will start at 4.30 UK time on Monday 9 June. The discussion will be moderated by Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and Director of Business Fights Poverty.
A Google Hangout Chat Room will be opened during the event for questions and comments.
This event is part of the Business Fights Poverty Design Expo 2014. Running from 9 to 13 June, the Design Expo is an online celebration of products, services and business models transforming the lives of poor people. The Design Expo is a collaboration with iDE UK and is being supported by the UK's Department for International Development.
The Expo will include a vibrant mix of blogs, Google Hangouts, online panel discussions, a Twitter Jam and a virtual exhibition zone. Each day we will focus on a different sector: Energy (9 June), Health (10 June), Communications (11 June), Livelihoods (including enterprise, finance and agriculture) (12 June) and Water & Sanitation (13 June).
From Monday 9 June, you will be able to access all the activities via the Design Expo landing page, www.designexpo.businessfightspoverty.org. Participation in the Design Expo is free. You will simply need to sign in (or sign up for free) to Business Fights Poverty.