There is very little that we haven’t asked from government in modern times. We ask it to keep us safe from terrorists and to protect our privacy; to prevent global economic meltdowns and stop the contagion of failing states; to bail out banks and contain the spiraling costs of vital interests, from health care to education.
Developing countries can’t afford to take the high-cost, Western route. Increasingly, the West can’t, either. Governments are going broke trying to satisfy demands and have a desperate need for alternative solutions.
Fortunately, government is no longer the only game in town.
Over the last decade or so, a dizzying variety of new players have entered the societal problem-solving arena.
- Innovative companies like Acumen and Ashoka, Crowdrise and Code for America, Kiva and Kaggle, Zipcar and Zimride, Recyclebank and RelayRides, SpaceX and M-Pesa are finding creative solutions.
- Venture philanthropists like Branson and Bloomberg, Ibrahim and Lucas, Buffett and Gates are investing in social outcomes.
- Multinational companies like Coca-Cola and Unilever, Whole Foods and Zappos, Microsoft and TOMS Shoes are taking Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to new levels.
Private enterprise for public gain no longer need be an oxymoron. New players, new currencies, new business models, new technologies and new motivations have converged to form a solution economy that promises better results, lower costs, and the best hope we have for public innovation.
Trillions of dollars in value potentially lies largely untapped at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Solution Revolution is about how to unlock this value.
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