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Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the Worldï¿œs Most Difficult Problems
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by Stuart L. Hart (Wharton School Publishing, 2005)

Stuart Hart makes it clear that there is no inherent conflict between creating a better world and achieving economic prosperity. Global capitalism is at a crossroads, he argues, and ᅵcorporations are the only entities in the world today with the technology, resources, capacity, and global reach requiredᅵ to create a more sustainable world.

Drawing on his consulting experience with top companies and nongovernmental organizations worldwide, Hart contends that to truly change the world, we need to focus on the bottom of the pyramid, on the four billion people with disposable incomes of less than ten dollars a yearï¿œwho represent a $4 trillion marketplace.

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