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TEDGlobal 2012 Robert Neuwirth by Mind Map: TEDGlobal 2012
Robert Neuwirth
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TEDGlobal 2012 Robert Neuwirth


To research his new book, "Stealth of Nations," Robert Neuwirth spent four years among street vendors, smugglers and “informal” import/export firms.

Makago - Lagos

no infrastructure



store comes to you

business incubator

social dump place

2000 people work there

scrap dealer

eans 2x nigerian wage

shopping mall

full street

everything excists


Robert Neuwirth



System D

informal economy

its open

we think its underground

orgine System D

from french

New node

DIY economy

Economy of Self

pickle problem

grade A

luxury economy, 1.5 trillion

exclude 2.3 of workers of the world, 1.8 billion people, they work in informal economy

over next 15 years

bulk growth

will over take the largest economy

a more egalitarian world

United Streets

Mr Clean

Wall Mart buy 15% of P&G business

20% P&G large frequency stores




Nigeria (1 of 7th people of africa is nigerian)

MTM (S Africa) opend in nigera

they sell airtime via umbrella stands

they make most of their profits via system D

unregisterd people

Downsides to system D


no intellectual property rights


business complain about piracy

what do business think of piracy

they use it for market research

if puma/ adidas is pirated, something is wrong

system D doenst pay taxes

if the country isn't open don't blame it one inhabitants

everyone bribes


flee market vs free market


Robeto Mangabeira Unger, coorporative

paul feyerabend


tremendous force for global development