Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Through “Compassionate capitalism”, David Green works to provide high-quality, affordable medical technology and healthcare to the poor. Background David Green has long been at the vanguard of global efforts to make medical technology and healthcare services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all, particularly to the poorer two-thirds of humanity. His most significant work is the development of an economic paradigm he calls “Humanized capitalism”, for making healthcare products and services available and affordable to the poor. This paradigm uses production capacity and surplus revenue to serve all economic strata, rich and poor, in a way that is both financially self-sustaining and affordable to all members of society. Aurolab is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intraocular lenses, which are surgically implanted in the eye to replace the cloudy lens during cataract surgery. Green helped develop high-volume, quality eyecare programmes that are affordable to the poor and self-sustaining from user fees. Green replicated this cost recovery model in Nepal, Malawi, Egypt, Guatemala, El Salvador, Tibet, Tanzania and Kenya, and has assisted other institutions in providing sustainability planning services and training, such as the Al Noor Foundation in Egypt and the Lions Aravind Institute for Community Ophthalmology in India. He collaborated with the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, Ashoka and Deutsche Bank to create an “Eye Fund” that provides US$ 15 million in affordable loan financing for sustainable eye care programmes and a related US$ 1.5 million capacity building grant fund. He co-founded the Oxford Lotus Health Fund, which will invest in making healthcare equitable and sustainable in developing countries, and is a vice-President of Ashoka, where he leads an initiative to make solar energy affordable to low income communities. He works with Pacific Vision Foundation to develop an eye hospital serving northern California where revenues from insured patients cover costs of the uninsured, and collaborates with Grameen Health in Bangladesh to develop eye hospitals. He developed the social enterprise company Quantum Catch to develop affordable retinal imaging for eye disease detection and monitoring, and a non-invasive method for monitoring glucose levels for diabetics. Recently he has focused on making good hearing affordable and accessible as a co-founder of Conversion Sound, which developed an affordable high-quality digital hearing device with a novel, “De-medicalized” way for hearing devices to be fitted by non-medical technicians or directly by the consumer.
Will Tuttle on Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice
Few living vegans are as influential and as compelling as Dr. Will Tuttle. His book The World Peace Diet has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century, and many vegans and activists credit Will with sparking their initial shift to veganism. Now, he is assembling the works of 28 other authors for Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, due out this July from the innovative new company Vegan Publishers. “Too often, we fail to recognize how forms of violence and oppression are connected. If we’re able to see and understand these connections, we can better leverage our collective efforts to bring about positive transformative change. We’ve put together a book of essays from leading activists who work to end different forms of violence to help lead us to that path. The book could be the push that we need to break out of our confining delusions, to build bridges between movements, and to make the choices that will lead to a peaceful and just world for all.” What inspired you to put together Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice? Is it unusual for you to be on the editorial side of a project rather than the side of the creator, composer, artist? Your work has always made the connection between eating and using animals and other social justice issues. Some work with social justice issues like racism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism. Having an entire volume of diverse and highly knowledgeable voices all explicitly including this missing and essential perspective makes this book a gold mine, not just of important insights, but also of specific practices that can help build a new wave of social justice movements. The book is as critical to our understanding of the issues today as it was a decade ago. I became aware back in the late 1990s that an important book needed to be written so that our culture would have a new understanding that would create a proper foundation for peace, justice, freedom, and harmony in our world. The World Peace Diet emphasizes that veganism is a modern iteration of ahimsa, the ancient universal core of all spiritual teachings, and veganism’s founder, Donald Watson, spent his last days on Earth at the age of 95, back in 2005, reading The World Peace Diet, and told the people around him that this book contained what he was trying to convey in coining the word vegan. Its message will, I’m certain, continue to grow and spread, and this new book, Circles of Compassion, is a manifestation of this, bringing a whole chorus of voices to help proclaim and clarify this message for our time.