Program Description

Working Session Overview

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

7:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
8:30 a.m.
Opening Session
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Provocation I: BoP Innovation: Where Will the Disruptive and Leapfrog Technologies Come From? (Silver Maple Ballroom)

Framing Presentation and Moderator

Significant attention has been paid to the challenges of business model innovation, co-creation, and organizational innovation in facilitating BoP business venturing. Less attention has been paid to where the technologies and innovations that drive such ventures come from and how they might best be developed. This session focuses on the three primary sources of new technology for driving inclusive and sustainable business development and how they are best driven from the bottom up.


Exponential Technology - High-end science and technology (3D printing, state of the art solar). Focus on BoP challenges in bringing those solutions to the BoP space and co-creating.

Shelf Technology - Exploiting existing, unutilized technology in corporations and universities. Green leap technology bank. BoP challenge in adapting and creating an appropriate business model)

Indigenous Technology - Grass roots technologies coming from communities (Honeybee Network, etc.). BoP challenge in creating a viable commercial model around it.

10:00 a.m.
Meet the BoP Labs

Elevator pitches to help participants select breakout sessions in which to participate. In this Session, all the BoP Labs will present a 1-minute overview of their key activities in Training, Research, Strategy Development or Business Model Implementation. This overview will introduce the participants to all the BoP Labs and help them select the BoP Lab Working Session track they would like to attend.

10:30 a.m.
Break and Networking (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
11:00 a.m.
Working Group I: The BoP Labs
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
12:30 p.m.
Launch of the BoP 3.0 Book (Sugar Maple Ballroom)
1:15 p.m.
BoP Global Network Award for the Base of the Pyramid Lifetime Achievement (Silver Maple Ballroom)
1:30 p.m.
Plenary Provocation II: Can BoP Business Logic Be Applied to the Developed World? (Silver Maple Ballroom)

Significant attention has been paid to the challenges of building successful BoP businesses in the impoverished rural areas and megacity slums of the developing world. Comparatively little attention, however, has been paid to how innovation from the bottom up might create opportunity and better serve the growing underclass in the US, Europe and other parts of the developed world. This session focuses on some innovative new “homegrown” models from Vermont and other parts ofthe US, with potential for applicability around the world.

Framing Presentation and Moderator:


2:30 p.m.
Break and Networking (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
3:00 p.m.
Working Groups II: BoP Challenges

Filling the Donut Hole in Finance: Bridging the Pioneer Gap (Jost Foundation Room)

Evaluating the State of Assessment: Focusing on Value Creation (Frank Livak Room)

Scaling BoP Ventures: Learning from Failure (Sugar Maple Ballroom)

The Government Challenge: Designing Effective National Policies (Chittenden Bank Room)

Roadmap to 2050: Integrating BoP into Corporate Sustainability Vision (Mildred Livak Room)

4:30 p.m.
Working Group Poster Briefings / Speed Networking
5:15 p.m.
Bus leaves for Dinner Cruise and Hotels (see schedule on agenda)
6:00 p.m.
Dinner Cruise Boarding
6:00 p.m.
Facility Closes

Friday, July 17th, 2015

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
8:30 a.m.
Opening Session
8:45 a.m.
Plenary Provocation III: Beyond Silos: Systems Thinking for BoP Sustainability (Silver Maple Ballroom)

Most BoP ventures to date have been focused on the sectors and industries that define business at the top of the pyramid: water, energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, housing, health, and education, to name just a few. Yet increasingly we see that the world’s challenges, particularly those at the base of the pyramid, do not fit neatly into traditional sectoral or industry compartments. Instead, they cross boundaries and require broader ecosystems of partners to succeed. This session focuses on the challenges and opportunities of systems thinking, boundary spanning, ecosystems and interconnections in creating and scaling BoP innovations.

Framing Presentation and Moderator:


9:45 a.m.
Break and Networking (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
10:15 a.m.
Working Groups III: Domain 1

Food & Agriculture: Linking Supply Chains with Product Innovation (Jost Foundation Room)


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Materials: Creating Closed Loops (Chittenden Bank Room)


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Mobility: Entrepreneurship for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Infrastructure (Mildred Livak Room)

BoP Finance: Structuring Partnerships to Enhance Returns (Frank Livak Room)

12:00 p.m.
Lunch (Livak Fireplace Lounge)
12:15 p.m.
Lunch Session: Personal Flourishing (Sugar Maple Ballroom)


Stress and disengagement in the workplace require greater attention to personal wellbeing. A shift in a person’s consciousness from “separateness” to “connectedness” is needed. Mindfulness management practices can help people experience a new consciousness of connectedness, leading to a greater sense of caring which, in turn, can help businesses realize the goals of BoP 3.0.
* Food is allowed in the room

1:00 p.m.
Working Groups IV: Domain 2

Health: Inclusive Models for the Future (Jost Foundation Room)


Novo Nordisk

Global Affordable Housing: Business Models, Building Local Partnerships, & Measuring Impact (Chittenden Bank Room)



Understanding Digital Repertoires: The Need for User Research in Digital Services for the BoP (Mildred Livak Room)


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Distributed Energy Resources: Bridging the Gap Between Technology Innovators / Providers and BoP Markets (Frank Livak Room)

2:45 p.m.
Consolidate Learnings and Next steps (Silver Maple Ballroom)
3:15 p.m.
Networking (Livak Fireplace Lounge)