ABOUT THE BOOK

*Named one of the 10 most notable books of 2013 by Business Digest.*

Where tough societal problems persist, citizens, social enterprises, and yes, even businesses, are relying less and less on government-only solutions. More likely, they are crowd funding, ride-sharing, app- developing or impact- investing to design lightweight solutions for seemingly intractable problems. No challenge is too daunting, from malaria in Africa to traffic congestion in California.

These wavemakers range from edgy social enterprises growing at a clip of 15% a year, to mega-foundations that are eclipsing development aid, to Fortune 500 companies delivering social good on the path to profit. The collective force of these new problem solvers is creating dynamic and rapidly evolving markets for social good. They trade solutions instead of dollars to fill the gap between what government can provide and what citizens need. By erasing public-private sector boundaries, they are unlocking trillions of dollars in social benefit and commercial value.

The Solution Revolution explores how public and private are converging to form the Solution Economy. By examining scores of examples, Eggers and Macmillan reveal the fundamentals of this new - globally prevalent - economic and social order. The book is designed to help guide those willing to invest time, knowledge or capital toward sustainable, social progress.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

William D. Eggers is one of the country's best-known authorities on government reform.
He is the Global Research Director for Deloitte’s Public Sector practice, columnist and author of seven books. Paul Macmillan is the Global Industry Leader for the Public Sector practice for Deloitte.

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PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

  • With a global population approaching nine billion, governments so indebted that their only answer is to beggar succeeding generations, clearly, the current path is unsustainable. “The Solution Revolution” seeks a better way. Eggers and Macmillan are well worth reading.”
    THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN Former Prime MinisterCANADA
    “The Solution Revolution is not only a practical guide to multi-sector problem solving, but it also provides a framework to address the many global challenges society currently faces. It reminds us that the collective action of people and organizations can have the most effective impact.”
    KATHY CALVIN President and CEO UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
    “The Solution Revolution is a wise reminder that global problems shouldn’t be left to government alone to solve. Whether we’re in business, government, or the social sector, we can find solutions together if we cross boundaries and find mutual interests with stakeholders. Read The Solution Revolution and join today’s Solution Economy.”
    JOHN MACKEY CO-CEO and CO-Founder of WHOLE FOODS MARKET CO-Author ofCONSCIOUS CAPITALISM
  • “We know that governments can’t afford to do everything these days, but fortunately there’s a revolution in how we tackle social needs. Citizens and businesses are creating a ‘solution economy’ that blends market forces and altruism to get good things done. This book shows the beauty of harnessing innovation for the public good. Watch out. It may inspire you to join the revolution!”
    WALTER ISAACSON President and CEOAspen InstituteAuthorSteve Jobs
    “Today the world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest market opportunities. Want to become a billionaire? Solve a billion-person problem. The Solution Revolution shows you how.”
    PETER H. DIAMANDIS Chairman and CEO XPRIZE Foundation Chairman Singularity UniversityCoauthor Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
    “If the writing weren’t already on the wall, Eggers and Macmillan have put it there. Too often, we are trying to address the big challenges of our day with models and institutions that don’t scale. The Solution Revolution explores how the intersections of the sectors can unlock the potential we’ll need to face the realities of the twenty-first century.”
    JENNIFER PAHLKA Deputy U.S. CTO Founder and Executive DirectorCode for America
  • “The Solution Revolution shows how today’s corporations are increasingly measuring outcomes rather than output, and societies are judging business success not solely by the profits they make but also by the difference they make—a difference that can only be made through working across sectors.”
    ROBERT COLLYMORE CEOSafaricom
    “Read this book if you want to understand how the ‘solution revolution’ will create a trillion-dollar market for social good by unlocking the value of underutilized resources in ways and on a scale never possible before.”
    RACHEL BOTSMAN Coauthor What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
    “Eggers and Macmillan vividly describe creative solutions that break the boundaries between the public and private sectors and civil society. They show just how much is possible—in everything from mining open data to turning social outcomes into an asset class.”
    GEOFF MULGAN CEO Nesta Author The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future
  • “The Solution Revolution is a pioneering book exploring the fascinating transition underway as social innovation moves to the ‘third rail’ ecosystems outside of government. Eggers and Macmillan’s revolution will be improvised!”
    PETER SIMS AuthorLittle Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
    “The old African saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ is truer now than ever. With a rapidly expanding youth population, Africa is at a turning point. It will need to leverage innovative solutions to sustain the well-being of its population by tapping into all players: government, businesses, nonprofits, and individual communities. The Solution Revolution is a timely guide to how to get this done.”
    OMARI ISSA CEO Investment Climate Facility for Africa
    “The Solution Revolution is a needed guide to accelerate the innovative solutions required to address the economic and social challenges we face as a consequence of unsustainable models of growth.”
    ROBERTO ARTAVIA Chairman Viva Trust CEO Social Progress Imperative
  • “How can businesses and governments work together with innovative ‘citizen changemakers’ and social entrepreneurs? The Solution Revolution spotlights individuals and institutions that ‘get it,’ and offers a perfect jumping-off point for those seeking real social impact.”
    PREMAL SHAH PresidentKiva
    “Read this book if you want to understand how the ‘solution revolution’ will create a trillion-dollar market for social good by unlocking the value of underutilized resources in ways and on a scale never possible before.”
    RACHEL BOTSMAN Coauthor What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
    “Eggers and Macmillan vividly describe creative solutions that break the boundaries between the public and private sectors and civil society. They show just how much is possible—in everything from mining open data to turning social outcomes into an asset class.”
    GEOFF MULGAN CEO Nesta Author The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future

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