Susan Davis

September 24, 2013

Mobilise who? An opening thought for CGI 2013

The theme for this year's Clinton Global Initiative is "Mobilizing for Impact," focusing on mobilising the right entities, allowing them to reach their full potential for lasting and scalable success.
August 6, 2013

The social side of innovation

Atul Gawande, a surgeon, public health researcher at Harvard and author of The Checklist Manifesto, has been exploring why some innovations spread fast and others don’t. The author takes an in-depth look at BRAC and its usage of oral rehydration solution to combat childhood deaths from diarrhea in the 1980s.
June 21, 2013

The transformative potential of the poor

Progress can go beyond "inclusive growth." The poor themselves can be relied upon to help make the world a better place for us all.
January 29, 2013

Scaling up without losing your edge

This post originally appeared on the HBR Blog Network as part of a special collection on Scaling Social Impact. Forty years ago, British economist E.F. Schumacher, one of the fathers of the Green movement, declared that "small is beautiful" and called for "a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful." The retort from mainstream economists was swift and scathing: "Small is stupid." Without economies of scale, they argued, developing societies would never develop the efficiencies needed to modernize.