I really do want your honest opinion about this, so no flaming each other in my thread Ok, I have this theory about progressively improving socio-economic conditions in the developing world. To make a long story short and sweet: an individual or group creates a network of small companies out in needy areas that allocate any/all profits back to the community. Rather than giving hand-outs, the organization creates opportunity that focuses on the long run. That help comes in the form of: - jobs - (slightly) higher wages at the companies - starting only companies based on products/services of necessity, so no luxury - (slightly) discounted prices - funding of civil projects in the community (med. clinics, schools, disaster relief reserve, etc) The main companies I think would work: - Transportation - Medical - Construction - Agriculture - Utilities - Shelter / RE - (some) Media I could keep going on and on and make this thread into a book, but I think that should do.