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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Social entrepreneur Rupert Scofield says people in the world’s poorest nations can relate to what’s driving Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to the streets of the United States.  ”Their basic message is: ‘This system doesn’t work for us anymore. It’s not creating jobs. The distribution of wealth is completely out [...]

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STANFORD—Rural farmers in sub-Saharan Africa live under risky conditions. Many grow low-value cereal crops that depend on a short rainy season. A lack of rain can trap them in poverty and hunger. Reliable access to water could change the farmers’ perilous situation. Stanford scientists are calling for investments in small-scale irrigation projects and hydrologic mapping [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS -The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a $150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ’60. The gift is among the largest ever to Stanford University. The Institute’s aim is to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable [...]

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Becoming a fully engaged participant in our democracy requires more than simply pulling oneself up by his or her proverbial bootstraps. Indeed, it requires hard work and the personal fortitude required to delay gratification. But no one succeeds alone. For scholar Cornel West and venture capitalist Miriam Rivera, MBA ’95, it took a lot of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — By dipping plain cotton cloth in a high-tech broth full of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes, Stanford researchers have developed a new high-speed, low-cost filter that could easily be implemented to purify water in the developing world. Instead of physically trapping bacteria as most existing filters do, the new filter lets them [...]

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Beyond the Poverty Line

Excerpted from the Social Innovation Review, published by Stanford University By Rourke L. O’Brien & David S. Pedulla  Fall 2010 View the entire article On July 13, 2008, New York City’s poverty rate was 18 percent. Twenty-four hours later it had ballooned to 23 percent. How did more than 400,000 New Yorkers become impoverished overnight? [...]

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