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How a 700-year-old invention could change billions of lives—and unlock $3 trillion worldwide

Every once in a while, a solution to a global problem is right under your nose

By Jack Straw  

Jack Straw models some specs for Clearly.

In politics, it is incredibly rare to come across a simple, genuinely affordable, solution to a systemic problem. Particularly one that could benefit nearly a third of the world’s population.

It is rarer still to find that this solution has the power to expand access to education across the globe, to increase productivity in developing countries and to help redress gender inequality.

It is frankly unheard of for this solution to also have the potential to unlock an estimated $3…

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