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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

What makes an economy orange?


Around the world, the Orange Economy, or creative economy, is becoming more important as technology disrupts the way we produce, distribute, commercialize, and consume creative content. This sector, which includes both traditional artistic activities and more tech-driven creative pursuits (i.e. videogames, graphic design, 3D printing), represents 6.1% of the world’s economy and employs 144 million workers.

What makes an economy green?


A Green Economy incentivizes both producers and consumers to: use all the resources of the Earth and its atmosphere more sustainably, thereby safeguarding future generations’ access  to natural assets, and reduce waste in production and consumption in order to protect the biosphere and to improve quality of life for humans and all other beings. 

What makes an economy blue?


The Blue Economy concept was developed by Belgian entrepreneur Gunter Pauli under the principles that it is possible to create an economic system that emulates natural, zero-waste ecosystems and that is available to everyone, not just the wealthy.  

Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

Seis hindúes sabios, inclinados al estudio, quisieron saber qué era un elefante. Como eran ciegos, decidieron hacerlo mediante el tacto. El primero en llegar junto al elefante, chocó contra su ancho y duro lomo y dijo: «Ya veo, es como una pared». El segundo, palpando el colmillo, gritó: «Esto es tan agudo, redondo y liso que el elefante es como una lanza». El tercero tocó la trompa retorcida y gritó: «¡Dios me libre! El elefante es como una serpiente». El cuarto extendió su mano hasta la rodilla, palpó en torno y dijo: «Está claro, el elefante es como un árbol». El quinto, que casualmente tocó una oreja, exclamó: «Aún el más ciego de los hombres se daría cuenta de que el elefante es como un abanico». El sexto, quien tocó la oscilante cola, acotó: «El elefante es muy parecido a una soga». Y así, los sabios discutieron largo y tendido, cada uno excesivamente terco y violento en su propia opinión y, aunque parcialmente en lo cierto, estaban todos equivocados. Parábola atribuida a Rumi, sufí persa del s. XIII.

When it comes to Brazil, look past the headlines

By Susana Garcia-Robles

I just came back from California, where the Brazilian VC/PE Association, ABVCAP, held its fourth InBrazil Forum. The idea of these fora is to introduce Brazil and its investment opportunities to Silicon Valley (SV) investors. It showcases entrepreneurs and funds from the country, as well as other actors from the ecosystem: lawyers, government agencies, family offices, corporations, Silicon Valley Bank, and the MIF; all with track records supporting the VC/PE industry in Brazil and other countries.