As mild-mannered Canadians, we don’t “do” revolutions.
Pundits tell us that we’ve had a good “recession” and remain a healthy and wealthy country. Our collective mantra has always been “Things are good enough, so why upset the apple cart?”
To be fair, the pursuit of incremental change is a legitimate choice. But given the huge structural changes facing both our economy and society, is it the best way forward?
Innovative leaders advocate a more radical approach.
It’s what Paul Macmillan and William D. Eggers discuss in their new book, The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems.
Their call to arms is timely for Canadians because, if we’re being honest about it, there’s no shortage of problems seeking solutions. The authors argue convincingly that systemic change appears not only possible but will produce better, fairer and more sustainable outcomes.
In an era of unmet needs and fiscal constraint we need, as Macmillan and Eggers say, public innovation. This requires all actors — social entrepreneurs, non-profits, governments and business leaders — to get used to working outside our respective comfort zones.
Macmillan and Eggers share many rich examples from different walks of life. They strongly suggest that where innovation is fostered through collaboration and the bypassing of old paradigms, good things happen — and they can happen at scale.
Here are a few illustrations of what is already being achieved in the new Solution Economy.
So are we Canadians bold enough to formulate our own solution-revolution strategy for the public good? Tweet this
In an era of unmet needs and fiscal constraint we need, as Macmillan and Eggers say, public innovation. This requires all actors — social entrepreneurs, non-profits, governments and business leaders — to get used to working outside our respective comfort zones. Collectively we must drive to change the way public value is created.
Michael Wenban is a partner with Monitor Deloitte in Toronto.He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Social Capital Partners.