The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems

The Solution Revolution How Business Government and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society s Toughest Problems Government Alone Can t Solve Society s Biggest ProblemsWorld hunger Climate change Crumbling infrastructure It s clear that in today s era of fiscal constraints and political gridlock we can no longe

  • Title: The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems
  • Author: William D. Eggers Paul Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781422192191
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Government Alone Can t Solve Society s Biggest ProblemsWorld hunger Climate change Crumbling infrastructure It s clear that in today s era of fiscal constraints and political gridlock, we can no longer turn to government alone to tackle these and other towering social problems What s required is a new, collaborative and productive economic system The Solution RevGovernment Alone Can t Solve Society s Biggest ProblemsWorld hunger Climate change Crumbling infrastructure It s clear that in today s era of fiscal constraints and political gridlock, we can no longer turn to government alone to tackle these and other towering social problems What s required is a new, collaborative and productive economic system The Solution Revolution brings hope revealing 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 Deloitte s William D Eggers and Paul Macmillan answer these questions and , and they introduce us to the people and organizations driving the revolution from 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 you ll read about in this book.Government cannot handle alone the huge challenges facing our global society and it shouldn t 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.

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    1. The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems by Williams D. Eggers, Paul Macmillan"The Solution Revolution" is a fantastic book that introduces a new economic paradigm to solve society's problems. Deloitte's William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan show readers how players from across boundaries (government, business and philanthropists) come together to address tough societal problems. This is an invaluable resource th [...]

    2. *A full executive summary of this book is available here: newbooksinbrief/2013/10/08The main argument: Prior to the 19th century, public goods and social goals such as sanitation, health, affordable housing, education, and environmental protection were largely left up to individuals to sort out for themselves. Beginning in the 19th century, though, more and more governments—particularly in the industrialized, democratized world—began taking these responsibilities on themselves. In the latter [...]

    3. I found this presentation quite compelling. The authors do an admirable job of defining and demonstrating the concepts and practices of The Solution Revolution. Most discussions of paradigm shifts uniquely challenge readers, so this discussion does require a focus that many readers might find problematic. To those readers I simply say, slow down and give some thought to what you read.Beyond compelling, I also found this work provocative. The many apt examples of "wavemakers" leveraging new and e [...]

    4. A vwery good book that explains how private companies, governments, innovators and investors are uniting in many parts of the world to create solutions to difficult problems for the world. The book shows how they use new disruptive technologies, new business models, new impact currencies and new ecosystems to change thw world for the better. The book gives examples and also guides you with a framework to have the same impact in your community or country.

    5. I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in social and economic development leveraging mass action and broad collaboration. The examples are very thorough and valuable. It is one of the few books in social and economic change that covers the whole landscape of developed and developing economies.

    6. I thought it was a good book that addressed various was the economy can bring change via the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. They gave a lot of practical examples and very few amounts of straight forward awnsers.

    7. Collaboration is key to transforming the health of populations. Population health is a tough problem that requires multi-sector collaboration to succeed.

    8. Conscious capitalism and capitalism's future in global economyThe 2011 Wall Street protesters shook our conscience regarding the traditional way of thinking about wealth-sharing. Why the top one percent is controlling the global economy when the 99 percent majority continues to be poorer. Why don't we bring some kind of consciousness into our capitalism that helps solve societal problems besides making profits and higher returns for the stockholders? This book addresses that question in a social [...]

    9. Just as a disclaimer, I worked with Bill Eggers and really respect his work. All in all the item I loved most about this work was the great stories he introduced about companies all over the world who are either organized around the principles of giving back to society (i.e Tom's Shoes), or companies who are using profits to help fund solutions throughout the world. Yet, I did find that this book felt a bit self-congratulatory. Almost as if the authors were trying to write a book validating that [...]

    10. Government, by itself, can no longer fix all of society's problems. Perhaps it is time for a partnership between government, business and new organizations that that are shrinking the gap between what citizens need and what government can provide.Does your town have a rather dismal home recycling rate? Instead of spending tax money on a recycling PR campaign, visit a site called Recyclebank. They have helped towns to double or triple their recycling rate in just a few months. Is downtown clogged [...]

    11. I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend who thought it was one of the best books she had read all year. I was disappointed enough that I only read 20% of it.The ideas were great and thought-provoking. The execution of the discussion of the ideas was BAD. The authors breezily toss out name after name and project after project enough detail to give the reader a good sense of it or what makes it successful. They also mix discussions of what I would consider charitable initiatives with so [...]

    12. As a political science student, I spend a fair amount of my time being hammered with a myriad of the world’s problems. It really is enough to make a person refuse to climb out of bed in the morning. I was therefore intrigued deeply by the premise of the Solution Revolution in that governments, individual citizens, and businesses cannot solve the problems of modern society on their own. Featured in this book are several solutions to common problems such as poverty, recycling, and human traffick [...]

    13. I think a line from the book's praise at the beginning about sums it up "If the writing weren't already on the wall, Eggers and Macmillan have put it there." The reviewer is referring to the fact that governments alone should not, and generally cannot, solve the world's biggest challenges (climate change, poverty, access to healthcare, etc.). Of course, the writing is already on the wall if you've read the news in the last decade. Still, this book serves a useful function in pulling together man [...]

    14. The Solution Revolution is a good read for those looking to get an introductory look into private-sector development for social good. Eggers and Macmillian make the case that businesses need to work with governments to help address problems in healthcare, education, poverty, and beyond. Yes, this book does a good job citing examples of startups that have had some success both domestic and abroad. However, this book is targeted at those who do not work in this field, for it fails to highlight the [...]

    15. The take of this book on some of our societal problems is very interesting. Some of the challenges posed in the book are often overlooked by the general public and I feel like people need to be aware of the fact we can make a change without relying on the big corporations and government. Even though the subject matter is interesting, I found it a bit hard to read through the book. I was hoping it would be more accessible to people less knowledgeable on the subject and perhaps written in a more f [...]

    16. An optimistic book on the expansion of social enterprising people into areas previously the sole domain of governments and NGO's in order to network with millions to find local and regional solutions to social problems. In doing so the environment is created to dodge government domination and build up self-help, self-reliance and self-action.Highly recommended.

    17. A comprehensive review of the major trends and opportunities in social impact today. I liked how the authors focused the last section specifically on ways that different actors can contribute to building effective solutions. The book itself was well-written, optimistic without being overly evangelical and well-structured.

    18. I can't recommend this. I don't think the authors see their topics ("Disruptive Technologies", "Business Models That Scale", et al) the same way I do. But, just because I found little value in this, someone else might.

    19. Great book with a lot of ideas and inspiration. Most of the ideas shared in the book are things that have already been done, or may need additional brainstorming/tweaking But ultimately, there is essentially an unlimited areas of focus that which needs our attention Choose one!

    20. Interesting discussion of how businesses, government and social enterprises are collaborating to tackle social problems. Part of the interesting evolution of social entrepreneurship and impact investing with which I'm involved.

    21. A great summary of how innovative collaboration aided by technology is improving the world, but really about 10 pages of content spread across 200 pages of examples.

    22. It scantily summarizes concepts better covered in other books and didn't go into any further depth on any issue.

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