Kamen gave a talk at the Lux Executive Summit here about science and innovation. But he had a clear ulterior motive: convince a room full of technologists to address the “chilling” need for more scientists and engineers to solve the world’s worsening problems.
Kamen said that addressing the basic needs–such as water and power–of the very poorest people would prevent millions of deaths a year and make a huge impact on environmental problems. He said 1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water and 1.6 billion lack access to electricity.
He talks about a few interesting examples in the article, which you can read here.
Jim Schorr, who lectures on social entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, says he can’t imagine “a higher calling for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.”
“The opportunity to focus technology and tech entrepreneurs on the unaddressed, underserved segments of society is enormous,” Schorr said. “Developing and extending technologies with limited profit potential, using market-driven approaches, can deliver both social and financial impact and sustainability.”
Congrats to the Lewis Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Babson!
Babson College has received a $10.8 million gift from the Lewis Charitable Foundation for the establishment of an institute to support teaching, research, and outreach in social entrepreneurship.
The Lewis Institute at Babson College will develop leaders, create knowledge, and grow new enterprises to solve compelling global problems. Using the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of the entrepreneur, the Lewis Institute at Babson College will address opportunities to create societal value in the areas of education, healthcare, communications and infrastructure, poverty, economic development, security, sustainability, energy, the environment, and quality of life. The gift will support the study of social entrepreneurship through the establishment and support of efforts and projects in the following areas.
• Lewis Social Venture Seed Fund and Lewis Social Venture Hatchery to provide venture capital and resources for social ventures
• Green Collar Venture Competition to support ventures dedicated to environmentally sensitive undertakings
• Social Entrepreneurship Monitor (SEM), a research consortium that will examine social entrepreneurship across the globe. SEM will be based on Babson’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), which examines
entrepreneurship levels in more than 45 countries.
• An annual conference bringing together entrepreneurs, business and non-profit enterprises, educational institutions, social ventures, and governmental and quasi-governmental organizations to focus on emerging social entrepreneurship issues.
• The Alan and Harriet Lewis Endowed Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
• Case studies and curricular materials in social entrepreneurship
• Lewis Institute Social Entrepreneurship Student Initiative Award to support student projects
• Social entrepreneurship fellowships and internships
Here’s a news article.
You once followed developments at The Economist’s Project Red Stripe. We’re about to publish a book about it. Called Inside Project Red Stripe, it’s published conventionally (www.triarchypress.com) and, over the next few months, online (projectredstripe.blogspot.com). It’s an account of the six-month project and we think it’s a good guide to innovation and teamwork in business and the media. Each chapter identifies dilemmas that are likely to face any innovation team or project.
Related to my previous posts on affinity search engines (see here and here), Yahoo has decided to dabble in this space:
As part of Yahoo!’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative, Yahoo! Search is announcing a new Infobar built on the SearchMonkey platform that will help Search users make donations to help find a cure for breast cancer without spending an extra dime. We teamed up with the non-profit organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure to build a SearchMonkey app that is displayed under Yahoo! Search results for dozens of popular shopping sites like Amazon, HP and REI.com. If users click “Shop” and complete a purchase, the affiliate commission will go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure — 7.5% of the purchase price, on average. And to encourage folks to use the enhancement, called Search for a Cause, Yahoo! will donate a dollar for every user that adds the application up to $25,000.
Other blog posts on affinity search engines:
Another Affinity Search Engine: Ecocho
Latest on Affinity Search Engines: Google pulls the plug on eco-friendly search engine Forestle
Everyclick.com – A UK-based Charity Search Engine
Some interesting quotes today from Google:
…geothermal energy, or natural energy that can be harnessed beneath the earth’s surface, is the “sleeping giant” of alternative energy. Geothermal energy systems promise “extremely rapid growth if key technologies can be proven in the next few years,” he wrote.