Energizing Human and Economic Development:
Leveraging the Power of DC Technology
On April 7-9, 2016, the Business of Humanity® (BoH) Project hosted a conference in Pittsburgh, PA that focused on the topic of “Energizing Human and Economic Development: Leveraging the Power of DC Technology.” The over 60 attendees included local and global thought leaders from colleges and universities, non-profits, corporations, foundations and government institutions.
The Business of Humanity® Project is based on and seeks to demonstrate the proposition that companies that incorporate social responsibility as an integral part of their business models have the potential to perform better than those companies whose Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are funded by after-tax profits, and certainly better than companies that consciously or unconsciously ignore CSR.
The BoH proposition has gained much traction. Elements of the proposition have been championed by management gurus such as Michael Porter, C. K. Prahalad and Jeffrey Pfeffer, and by leading and successful companies such as Unilever, Arvind and Dow Chemical. The Project has received generous and continuing support from university, federal government and foundation sources. It has progressed through the research, case study, and theory and MBA course development phases of the project.
The conference discussed the DC-HEART (Direct Current for Humanity, Energy and Regional Transformation) Initiative of the BoH project, which demonstrates the use of green, locally generated, efficient and technologically disruptive DC power, to revitalize low-income communities. The Initiative has built an independent solar-powered DC micro grid in the Homewood neighborhood in Pittsburgh. It is also designing and will be building a “community-in-a-box,” which is a shipping container with solar-powered computers for education, an internet connection, telemedicine, and water purification for rural communities here and in countries such as India and Haiti.
Conference Keynote Speakers and Panelists
The conference featured a number of leading experts in business, engineering, and the social sciences, both from industry and leading academic institutions.
Conference Video Highlights
The conference included a number of thought-provoking presentations from leading speakers from academia and industry.
Action Plan Generated at Conference
At the concluding plenary session on the last day of the conference, participants developed and affirmed the 2016—2018 Plan for the BoH Project and its DC-HEART Initiative.
The Business of Humanity® Project team would like to thank everyone who donated their time, energy and expertise in order to make this conference a success! It was inspiring for us to see and hear the innovative ideas that were generated throughout the conference events and we look forward to working with you as we move forward with future projects. Please click below to view photos from the conference activities at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Mervis Hall (University of Pittsburgh), the Grand Concourse, and the Frick Fine Arts Building (University of Pittsburgh).
Please click below to view photos from the conference activities at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Mervis Hall (University of Pittsburgh), the Grand Concourse, and the Frick Fine Arts Building (University of Pittsburgh).