Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is often credited with making India a leader in IT services. In this talk from TED2009, he outlines what has helped India develop quickly in recent years — for example, a willingness to see people as a resource rather than a burden — and what needs to happen for economic growth
Muhammad Yunis won the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the concept of ‘microfinance’. This video clip explains the basic idea behind the Grameen bank, the venture he established to implement the idea.
This is a case example of social innovation in the humanitarian context. Samasource was an idea developed to enable refugees to participate in the wider economic system using mobile technology and earn money to support themselves. The basic idea is explained in this clip….. ….. and this clip has a users perspective
This is a transcript of the video interview with Melissa Clark-Reynolds on Minimonos Minimonos – Melissa Clark-Reynolds
This is a talk by Jeff Church, founder of NEKA, a social enterprise which supports clean water projects in impoverished countries. It highlights his own motivations as well as describing some of the challenges in creating social ventures.
‘Minimonos’ is an online game aimed at children which currently has around 250,000 players and is growing fast. (www.minimonos.com) It has a particular focus on sustainability and is a great illustration of the innovation space opening up in this area. In this video interview the company’s founder (and Alpha-Monkey!) Melissa Clark-Reynolds gives some great insights
This case looks at a Russian software company, Spirit, from its entrepreneurial foundations to its current role as a major global player in digital signal processing software Click to view case study: SPIRIT
This case describes a major social innovation in the field of healthcare. Click here to view Aravind Eye Clinics There is also video material describing Aravind at these links. Aravind 1 Aravind 2 and a piece focusing on Dr Venkataswamy, the founding entrepreneur. And this TED talk explores the wider implications of this approach
Freeplay Radio This is a case study of a social enterprise originally aiming to provide radios to improve education and communication amongst disadvantaged populations. It has subsequently grown into a major provider of a wide range of support and has renamed itself Lifeline Energy – follow this link for the case. See their website for more
This is a case study of Bill’s, the successful chain of fresh produce and restaurant stores.