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An interview with Rajesh Parishwad, External Relationships Manager, India at the Royal Society of Chemistry

John Hoffmire: I first met you in Oxford in 2018 when you were a Chevening CRISP Scholar. You were working for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and I thought that was a UK-based organization. You taught me otherwise.

Rajesh: It certainly had its beginnings in England. We were founded as The Chemical Society of London in 1841,

Growth is not enough

This op-ed was originally published in Project Syndicate.

Following the steep economic downturns brought about by COVID-19, policymakers should be asking or rethinking fundamental questions. None is more fundamental than whether rapid economic growth is the best way to drive development and help struggling communities escape poverty.

For good reason, economic growth has long been

An interview with Dr. Shalini Sharma, Founder and CEO, Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange, and founding Director of the Global Institute for Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (ICE&SDGs)

John Hoffmire: You are the founder of Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange, an emerging company working for e-waste management and the development of zero waste businesses and organizations. You also founded Global Institute for Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (ICE&SDGs), the NGO. Tell me how this came about?

Shalini: It goes back to January 2017,

Empowering Women and Social Enterprise in India so Both Can Thrive During the Pandemic

In its 72 years of independence, India has shown its unprecedented prowess in building a modern, democratic nation. It has lifted millions out of poverty, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has increased its global influence by becoming a member of the G20

More youth in north turn to innovative startups

More youth from the Northern Province are turning to innovative startups under the initiative of Yarl IT Hub (YIT), originally set up in 2013.

They are made competitive via the Yarl Geek Challenge Accelerator which runs for six months for a selected cohort of early-stage startups twice a year.

During these six months, the startups will be

Poverty Alleviation Resource List

Center on Business and Poverty List of Recommended Articles and Books:

What the Poor Think of the Rich

Proceedings from the Oxford Business Poverty Conference

Why Do the Poor Remain Poor?

Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling

An interview with Daisy Agarwalla, Co-founder and Senior Manager at Integrated Digital Systems, Delhi, India and a Chevening (CRISP) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program for Women Entrepreneurs scholar

John Hoffmire: Tell me about the company you co-founded.
Daisy:  I started my career with the Gauhati Stock Exchange after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and an MBA. After a short stint I started my entrepreneurial journey when I cofounded Integrated Digital Systems along with my husband in 1992. Our company has been at the

The Hackathon COVID Couldn’t Stop: Season 9 of the Yarl Geek Challenge

A staple event of the Sri Lankan tech calendar, Season 9 Finale of the Yarl Geek Challenge (YGC) has come to an end. A competition organized annually by the Yarl IT Hub, the YGC is known to attract the best in entrepreneurship and technology from the Northern part of the country. Over the years, many

An interview with Dr. Mrinmayee Bhushan, founding Director of the start-up firm, Mindfarm Novatech Private Ltd; consultant for IP and innovation for a DSIR-approved, not-for-profit research organization, APT Research Foundation, and a biosecurity analyst.

John Hoffmire: Tell me about the product you developed.

Mrinmayee: It all started because of the reluctance shown by a relative of mine to face the public after hair grew abnormally on her face during menopause. That prompted me to find a remedy for the problem. As a medical pharmacologist, I was trained to help solve

An interview with Gadhadar Reddy, Chief Executive Officer of NoPo Nanotechnologies Private Limited

John Hoffmire: Tell me about your company, NoPo Nanotechnologies.

Gadhadar: I founded NoPo Nanotechnologies in 2011 along with Dr. Robert Kelley Bradley. Our objective was to produce high quality carbon nanotubes and thereby enable applications that would transform life. In particular, we are developing technologies for the space industry that will also help solve some of

Following Up On The Link Between Poverty And Mental Illness

It almost goes without saying, sometimes a person’s mental health problems can lead to poverty. And sometimes mental health problems don’t correlate with poverty. But, often, one comes with the other. The World Health Organization has made it fairly clear that the two interact closely (and correcting one might lead to impacting the other for

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Honoring the dignity of employees includes having them own more of the company

George Clason, in his classic book titled “The Richest Man in Babylon,” wrote this line: “A part of all I earned was mine to keep.” In the 1950s, a lawyer named Louis Kelso coined the term “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” (ESOP). The intent of ESOPs is to significantly increase employee incentives and productivity, while giving

Efficiently Measuring Progress Toward Poverty Alleviation

John Hoffmire: What did you have in mind that made you want to start Outline India?

Prerna Mukharya – Good data leads to robust policy making.

Before starting my journey with Outline India, I was a researcher working on grants with think tanks and universities. I realized that as a country we were receiving so much donor money,

Net-zero carbon emissions won’t be sustainable if social inequalities aren’t addressed

With COP26, the UN’s climate change conference, on the horizon next year in Glasgow, all eyes are on securing the decarbonisation of the global economy. What this will mean and how it will be achieved will be hotly debated before, during and after the conference.

Thanks to COVID-19, the world has experienced an extraordinary simulation of

China’s ESG iceberg: sustainability in the age of technological disruption

It may be hard to imagine China as an emerging leader in sustainable business practices as it remains one of the world’s top carbon emitters. However awareness of ESG best practices is growing among Chinese companies, largely driven by changes in regulatory policies as part of China’s structural shift toward sustainable growth.

As with other developments

For Owners Looking to Sell, an Option That Keeps Their Company Intact

In early 2000, Michael and Lynn Terry started a business selling horse trailers that were lighter than their competitors’ and customized to each client’s needs. Nearly two decades later, their company, Cimarron Trailers, with tens of millions of dollars in sales, employed over 130 people in Chickasha, Okla., and their trailers were sold

17 U.S. Ballot Initiatives to Reduce Inequality

While the presidential race has dominated the 2020 election, there are many other important decisions facing American voters. Here are 17 proposals on ballots around the country that, if approved, would go a long way towards reducing economic inequality.

Tax increases on the wealthy and corporations

  1. One of the biggest fights over fair taxation is raging

Hunter-Davisson Becomes 100% Employee-Owned

On October 19, 2020, FMI Capital Advisors announced the transfer of ownership of Hunter-Davisson, Inc. (“Hunter-Davisson”) to company employees via the Hunter-Davisson, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). In this transaction, Hunter-Davisson became 100% employee-owned. FMI Capital Advisors was the exclusive financial advisor to Hunter-Davisson for this transaction.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Hunter-Davisson is

For energy transition, the key word is sustainability, not politics

Two words — sustainable and transition — are frequently used when we talk about energy these days and unfortunately, the definitions are at best inconsistent and at worst, misleading. That makes agreeing on not just what we need to do, but how, especially difficult.

Nevertheless, doing nothing is not an option. The transition to