Category: AHI work

Charitable myopia

4 June, 2012 (11:35) | AHI work, Charities, Development, Economics, Ecosystem, Eyeglasses, Housing, Theory |

By:David A.  Smith   Easy to write, harder to do right   All of us want our charity, either in kind or in money, to be neat, clean, and fast –   That was easy – and useless   – but as H.  L.  Mencken put it, “for every complex problem there is an answer […]

The $300 House – the value-chain challenge

26 January, 2011 (14:56) | $300 house, AHI work, Global news, Housing, Innovations, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   In the five months since Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar put up their original Harvard Business Review blog post, the concept has been picking up steam.  My post on the financial challenge led to five more posts (see box below), with a few more envisioned.         In […]

My talk at 11 Downing Street

3 November, 2006 (13:08) | AHI work, HUD, Policy, United Kingdom, Urban renewal |

On Tuesday, 17 October — Even the Tate Gallery was celebrating my arrival  … or rather, the dead sculptor’s   — I had the privilege and great pleasure of being one of three speakers at 11 Downing Street (official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer) on a panel announcing the publication of “Incentives for Growth,” […]