There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction when Uma Thurman gets stabbed in the heart with a syringe of adrenalin. Am up at Skoll for BBC World News. The show we are doing is looking for the real juice, the stuff that looks like it can jolt to life the corpse of 21st century capitalism? So here’s a snapshot of some the stuff I loved, people that have inspired me so far.

Barefoot College: Bunker Roy’s vision to combat rural poverty by training illiterate grandmothers from round the world as solar panel engineers. Sat under a tree in Magdalen Deer Park he tells me, “Illiterate grandmothers, they are our precious jewels”.

Mothers2Mothers: training and paying HIV positive women to mentor other HIV positive women on how to avoid transmission to their babies. Impacts? An extra wave of (HIV positive) nurses that saves lives, creates employment, and allows formal medical services to go where they are most needed. Mitch, thank you for upgrading the interview to one with Robin.

Proximity Designs: Bringing access to solar power and drip irrigation (that doubles income) to the poor in rural Myanmar. Quote of the day: “There are a thousand ways to fail. What matters is the bias towards action.” Proximity’s “Magic Sauce”? “Listening to the poor, designing together with them.” Source for optimism here? If you can crack the nut of poverty in rural Myanmar, you can crack it anywhere.

Landesa: The billion plus that are landless won’t invest in the land without the secure land title that means they will get the benefit. Landesa works at the policy level to get land tenure for small scale farmers, getting them the chance to invest to raise productivity, move from subsistence to profitable farming, and form part of a supply chain collaborating not competing for land with larger agricultural businesses.

Gawad Kalinga: Mass volunteerism to rebuild disaster areas in the Philippines. Tony and Luiz driving it, with a vision of the possible that they refer to as “Radical Optimism.”

Riders for Health: The problem often isn’t healthcare. It’s distribution. Women in wheelbarrows. Doctors facing a ten hour walk to a patient. Riders for Health’s approach? Fix the basic transport problems that are blocking healthcare distribution. Riders for Health lease low tech motorbike and ambulance fleets to governments like the Gambia’s, with the local unemployed trained up to service them. The result? Matching the supply of trained professionals to demand. Midwives on motorbikes.

More to come. Thanks to these superb organisations and to the great team at Skoll and Ethicore. Any companies that get you going, please tweet at #swfoptimism or #Mr_LeoJ