The Solution Revolution: Solving society's toughest problems

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The Solution Revolution

How business, government, and social enterprises are teaming up to solve society’s toughest problems

It's happening in your country, in your industry, in your community. It will disrupt old operating models, old services, and the way we think about them. Are you ready to contribute?

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, William Eggers and Paul 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. 

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About the authors

William D. Eggers is a leading authority on government reform. He is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector industry practice.

He is the author of eight books, including the Washington Post best seller If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government (Harvard Business Press, 2009), Governing by Network (Brookings Institution Press, 2004), and The Public Innovator’s Playbook (Deloitte Research 2009). He coined the term Government 2.0 in a book of the same name.

His books have won numerous awards including the Louis Brownlow Award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research.

Paul Macmillan grew up in Canada’s national capital where he studied Public Administration at Carleton University and received an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He has been a management consultant and strategic advisor to government leaders for over 25 years. As the Global Public Sector Leader for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Paul is responsible for the firm’s client service innovation to support public purpose organizations around the world. He is a frequent writer and speaker on topics of government innovation, public accountability, and advanced analytics.

He is a founding leader of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)-Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards and a member of the Board of Directors of Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto. Paul was recently invited to contribute his expertise to the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation as a member of its Associates Group. 

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