Category Archive: Frontier Market Scouts

A Stinking Pile of … Paper

A Stinking Pile of … Paper

Today marks the end of my registration paperwork for setting up my phone and my apartment. It’s been a long journey. First I’ll complain a little, then I’ll tell you why it’s relevant to the greater discussion. Feel free to skip ahead. Steps for Getting an Indian SIM Card Option 1: Following the Rules Go […]

 

The summer is flying by!

The summer is flying by!

So much has happened since my last post.  Beyond working hard in the office and being moments away from publishing the 2013 Impact Report, highlights over the last few weeks include: spending a weekend in Placencia enjoying the sand, the sea, and the gelato; a great day in the field with MMC’s Kiva Coordinator collecting […]

 

Bem-vindo ao Brasil! Exploring a Country by Contrasts

Bem-vindo ao Brasil! Exploring a Country by Contrasts

Saudações do Brasil! I arrived last week to Rio de Janeiro, where I have joined the team at Pipa –an accelerator program for social entrepreneurs– with the task to help them develop a system to measure, assess, and manage impact. … Continue reading

 

Initial Scouting Report

Initial Scouting Report

These first few weeks have been spent organizing our recruitment processes, trying to get a feel for the social enterprise landscape, and networking with as many people as possible. Overall, Holland appears to already have a robust infrastructure designed to … Continue reading

 

The Indus Entrepreneurs

The Indus Entrepreneurs

Since arriving in Bangalore almost four weeks ago, I have attended two events at the offices of The Indus Entrepreneurs, or TiE. The first was three weeks ago, a panel discussion on scaling social enterprises. Neelam, my host, was one of two panelists, speaking about her Mother Earth success story. The other panelist was from Vaatsalya, one […]

 

Pondicherry, Auroville, and Unlimited Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry, Auroville, and Unlimited Tamil Nadu

This past weekend, I took the 10-hour train Friday night from Bangalore to Pondicherry, to visit the coastal town with its French colonial past, and also to visit some pioneering social entrepreneurs from Unlimited Tamil Nadu, in the universal alternative-living enclave of Auroville. Saturday and Sunday I spent touring Pondicherry. I strolled along the Bay of […]

 

Jaaganauts & Human Centered Design

Jaaganauts & Human Centered Design

Along with another FMScout, Hannah, and my host’s son, we have formed a group to complete the IDEO Human Centered Design course. Week one was full of insights, as we were tasked to design safer, more pleasant commutes for our teammates. Our team, the Jagganauts, met at a trendy co-working space, Jaaga, in the center Bangalore […]

 

Idiom & Spring Health

Idiom & Spring Health

Harnessing the power of design and design thinking in crafting business models and scaling social enterprises is foundation of Impact Edge, the incubator/accelerator program being launched by my host and summer boss, Jacob. Jacob founded Idiom Design, the premier design and consulting firm in India, which works with diverse clients across sectors. Some notable projects […]

 

Industree Crafts & Mother Earth

Industree Crafts & Mother Earth

My host, Neelam Chibber, is the founder and director of Industree Crafts, and its retail brand, Mother Earth. Industree Crafts organizes and trains groups of artisans into producer SHGs (or Self Help Groups). Traditionally, SHGs across India bring women together for group saving, banking, and lending purposes. Industree Crafts recognizes the enormous value of these […]

 

El fin de semana en Guatemala

El fin de semana en Guatemala

By 2:00 pm on Thursday, I was snug on a James Bus next to a woman and her two babies heading towards Belize City.  There was no express bus that afternoon so we were in for a long ride.  Traveling north along the only paved high way in Toledo, we stopped frequently to pick up […]

 
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