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Government Alone Cant Solve Societys Biggest Problems
World hunger. Climate change. Crumbling infrastructure. Its clear that in todays era of fiscal constraints and political gridlock, we can no longer turn to government alone to tackle these and other towering social problems. Whats required is a new, more collaborative and productive economic system. The Solution Revolution brings hoperevealing just such a burgeoning new economy where players from across the spectrum of business, government, philanthropy, and social enterprise converge to solve big problems and create public value.
By erasing public-private sector boundaries, the solution economy is unlocking trillions of dollars in social benefit and commercial value. Where tough societal problems persist, new problem solvers are crowdfunding, ridesharing, app-developing, or impact-investing to design innovative new solutions for seemingly intractable problems. Providing low-cost health care, fighting poverty, creating renewable energy, and preventing obesity are just a few of the tough challenges that also represent tremendous opportunities for those at the vanguard of this movement. They create markets for social good and trade solutions instead of dollars to fill the gap between what government can provide and what citizens need.
So what drives the solution economy? Who are these new players and how are their roles changing? How can we grow the movement? And how can we participate?
Deloittes William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan answer these questions and more, and they introduce us to the people and organizations driving the revolutionfrom edgy social enterprises growing at a clip of 15 percent a year, to megafoundations, to Fortune 500 companies delivering social good on the path to profit. Recyclebank, RelayRides, and LivingGoods are just a few of the innovative organizations youll read about in this book.
Government cannot handle alone the huge challenges facing our global societyand it shouldnt. We need a different economic paradigm that can flexibly draw on resources, combine efforts, and create value, while improving the lives of citizens. The Solution Revolution shows the way.
"'Imagine the world if we were able to double, triple, or even quadruple the number of problem solvers, the diversity of solutions, and the scale of social impacts.' This utopian assertion is at the heart of this energetic study of non-governmental solutions from Deloitte executives Eggers and Macmillan. In the past, when the government was responsible for effecting change, there were conflicting interests between departments and agencies and meager resources. But with the 'solution revolution,' companies, educational institutions, and individuals are stepping in and providing better results at lower costs, the authors write. 'A new economy has emerged at the borderlands where traditional sectors overlap,' the authors explain, based in a market for solutions to societal problems. In lively prose, the authors discuss such innovations as the Google employee shuttles, Recyclebank, and Zipcar. Outside of these big names, highlights of the book include the work of lesser-known game changers: Unilever's Wheel soap, sold in small quantities at low prices, help the very poor fight diarrhea-related deaths, and a contest proposed by Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business professors to design a , simple-to-build house to address housing shortages. These stories along with substantive advice for individuals and governments alike present a persuasive argument that the future of global change rests squarely in the hands of ordinary citizens. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In The Solution Revolution
, Deloittes William Eggers and Paul Macmillan identify a shift toward a new economy, where entrepreneurship and innovation ideas move freely between the private and public sectors. This shift, already underway, offers a powerful spring of hope for public innovation in an era of financial constraints. The authors share stories from across the globe and introduce the new players, currencies, and disruptive business models making up this new solution economy.” A fascinating preview of our economic future.
Welcome to the Solution Economy”
Were at a critical juncture in our global economy, with the siloed ways of the past (public vs. private) quickly fading. Instead, we are witnessing a step change in how society deals with its own problemsin which government acts as just one player among many, and entrepreneurship and innovation range freely across all sectors. Deloittes William Eggers and Paul Macmillan illustrate this new operating model in the forthcoming book, The Solution Revolution.
The authors show that over the past decade, a variety of new and important players have entered the societal problem solving arena, operating within what they call a Solution Economy.” These innovators are closing the widening gap between what governments provide and what citizens needan approach that promises better results, lower costs, and the best hope we have for public innovation in an era of fiscal constraints and unmet needs.
Were still in the early stages of the solution economys development, but Eggers and Macmillan compellingly lay out the contours of the phenomenon, as well as its primary features, dynamics, and players. They provide advice to business, government, and the social sector on what they can do to strengthen and spread the larger revolution, both locally and globally.
The Solution Revolution provides a fascinating preview of our economic future, a system where choice, sustainability, and more adaptive ecosystems offer all of us the ability to collaborate towards better solutions.
About the Author
William D. Eggers
is the Global Research Director for Deloittes Public Sector practice, columnist, and author or coauthor of seven books, including the Washington Post
bestseller If We Can Put a Man on the Moon
Paul Macmillan is the Global Industry Leader for the Public Sector practice for Deloitte. He is a founder of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards, and is also a member of the board of directors of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto.