The Unexotic Underclass:

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for ideas, consider looking beyond the city-centric, navel-gazing, youth-obsessed mainstream. That doesn’t mean you need to fly to the end of the world. Chances are there are more people addressing the Big Problems of slum dwellers in Calcutta, Kibera or Rio, than are tackling the big problems of hardpressed folks in say, West Virginia, Mississippi or Louisiana.


albert says:

What really bugged me about this essay was how it still presumed the idea of this hero entrepreneur going out to solve the world’s problems for those members of the “underclass” who don’t seem to have any agency of their own.

Yeah, it definitely still approaches it from that frame of reference. I thought it was an interesting, if imperfect, read.

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