Dangerous ideas are termed as the ones that may seem conspicuously dangerous in conventional wisdom, but are dangerous – not because they are false, but because they might be true. The Edge Foundation, whose goal is to arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together and have them ask each other the question they are asking themselves – has published a list of some extraordinarily dangerous ideas.
My dangerous idea is – “The poorest of the poor in the world will rise out of poverty and create a market opportunity that will be bigger than the ones created by the industrial revolution or by the internet.”
This is not too hard to conceive, as there are certainly a lot more poor people in the world than there are rich. With the poverty-alleviating trends including microfinance and increased awareness about poverty, it is likely to alleviate and eventually eliminate poverty from majority of the world in the next five decades. This will gradually lead to new set of emerging market opportunities to serve the newly emerged lower middle class.
Corporations and governments in all major countries, developed and developing, large and small, rich and poor have started to recognize this (although very slowly), but a real change can be brought about by looking at poverty as a solvable problem and solving it.
I’m sure you have several dangerous ideas. Here’s Dan Gillmor on dangerous ideas.Most of the entrepreneurial ideas have been dangeorous ideas at first? What’s your dangerous idea? (please share)