In the last half century, $2.3 trillion of foreign aid has unfortunately not moved the needle on global poverty (To see how and why, read "From Poverty to Prosperity" by Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz, "The Bottom Billion" by Paul Collier, and "A Farewell to Alms" by Gregory Clark).
In stark contrast, a $960 million capitalization in the 1970s of 200 indigenous enterprises in Alaska has produced $44 billion in corporate earnings by them, catapulting most Alaska Natives into the middle class today. In little more than one generation, the indigenous peoples of Alaska soared from $2 per person per day to the middle class in one of the richest states in one of the richest nations on earth.
The stories that follow are dedicated to the two billion people on earth who live on $2 per day. An Enterprise Solution for them exists via renewable energies from the sun, which produces six thousand times the energy humanity uses every day on earth. Future stories like these can dateline from Africa, Latin America and Asia if the tools are made available to the poor. At Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions, LLC our goal is to help them write those stories.
To the right is a BBC video of Hans Rosling, doctor and researcher, telling the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows us how humans have learned to live three times longer and become 25 times richer while multiplying their number nine times. CPES’ challenge is to help the “bottom of the economic pyramid” populations to help themselves through work to climb into Rosling’s top right quadrant of rich and healthy people.
Listen to Richard Swett's [off camera] question to President Obama at the Town Hall Meeting in Nashua, NH on February 2, 2010: LINK
View opening remarks by Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol and the keynote address by Ambassador Richard N. Swett at Dubuque's annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference held on March 9, 2010: LINK