In a message dated 99-09-05 22:28:56 EDT, email@example.com (Elizabeth Childs) wrote:
> Perhaps this is a problem with the "charity work" mindset versus the
> "grubbing capitalist" mindset, as these stories have usually had to do with
> new kinds of crops or ovens or that sort of thing, while from everything
> I've read, everyone in the world loves television.
Actually, it ought to be possible to both do the kind of good things I was talking about AND make a profit. For instance, the folks who would build the cheap, simple solar-powered sat-net terminals I envision are creating billions of new workers, consumers and micro-investors. In a couple of technological generations, it might be possible to make solar-power systems that could be bought with Grameen-style micro-loans, so that the people who build the systems can get paid for them.
I'm not suggesting that working on low-end bootstrap technologies and institutional change is an entirely charitable enterprise, although it is philanthorpic: This kind of philanthropy IS profitable, because people are a resource.
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