Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems

Overview

What if the distinction between business and doing goodvanished? What if all those who engaged in business were committedto a deeper purpose, and all those committed to doing good wereentrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world ofseven billion such people to solve all the world's problems?

More and more people are looking for meaning and purpose intheir lives as employees, as consumers, and as investors. More andmore people have more than enough material ...

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Overview

What if the distinction between business and doing goodvanished? What if all those who engaged in business were committedto a deeper purpose, and all those committed to doing good wereentrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world ofseven billion such people to solve all the world's problems?

More and more people are looking for meaning and purpose intheir lives as employees, as consumers, and as investors. More andmore people have more than enough material goods and are moreinterested in the qualities of the goods they buy; in theexperiences associated with the services they provide and buy; inthe way the companies they buy from act as citizens; and inself-actualization—rising up Maslow's hierarchy. As anincreasing percentage of the population reaches the point at whichthey no longer need more stuff, what will they do, how will theylive their lives?

If you are one of these people, wondering where to go from here,how to "be the solution" in the twenty-first century, Be theSolution provides an original perspective on how to create a betterworld. Focused entirely on entrepreneurial and Conscious Capitalistsolutions to the challenges and opportunities facing humanity, Bethe Solution shows how the entrepreneurial passion to create abetter world, in combination with Conscious Capitalist businesspractices, can solve far more of the world's problems than anyother approach.

In combination with leading Conscious Capitalists such as JohnMackey writing on "Conscious Capitalism," leading socialentrepreneurs such as Muhammad Yunus writing on "Social Business,"and leading legal reform experts such as Hernando de Soto writingon "Is Economic Freedom for Everyone?," entrepreneurial educatorMichael Strong lays out a philosophical, social, and legalframework for a FLOW vision through which all problems may besolved entrepreneurially.

FLOW, Inc., is an organization cofounded by John Mackey andMichael Strong to promote Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of flowas optimal experience—the state in which we are so immersed inchallenging, creative activity that we forget that time is passing.To be engaged in flow activities is happiness itself. Whether weare creators of enterprises or entrepreneurially creative withinour life as employees, we can embody the entrepreneurial spiritand, in the words of Michelangelo, "criticize by creating."

In addition, FLOW refers to the global flow of goods, services,capital, humans, ideas, and culture, in a positive win-win-winworld based on love rather than fear. Combining the best of thepositive psychology and human potential movements with the best offree market thinking, FLOW offers a unique perspective on how to Bethe Solution in the twenty-first century.

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"If Be the Solution is a bold title, the subtitle is even bolder: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems. . . Author Strong's point, however, is not just that there is plenty of room for idealism in the capitalist system. His main argument is that, to the degree that the world's problems can be solved at all, conscious capitalism is the only possible solution. For example, in the chapter called "Solving All Environmental Problems," you'll find the best argument I've ever read on why government is part of the problem, and why property rights are fundamental to the solution. If you know some young, or old, person who would like to change the world, Be the Solution would be an ideal present." (Barron's)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470450031
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 831,727
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Strong, educated at Harvard, St. John's College, and the University of Chicago, has created several high-performance private and charter schools, including a school that was named the 36th best public school in the United States on the Washington Post's Challenge Index. The author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, Strong has consulted for hundreds of educational institutions around the world. Prior to his career in education, he was a doctoral student at the University of Chicago working on a dissertation on "Ideas and Culture as Human Capital" under economics Nobel laureate Gary Becker. Strong is currently the CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, Inc., the nonprofit organization he cofounded with John Mackey.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part One: The Entrepreneurial Spirit and How to LiberateIt.

Chapter 1 Context (Michael Strong).

Chapter 2 The Entrepreneur as Hero (Candace Allen).

Chapter 3 The Opportunity : The Creative Powers of a FreeCivilization (Michael Strong).

Part Two: Conscious Capitalism.

Chapter 4 Creating a New Paradigm for Business (JohnMackey).

Chapter 5 Social Business Entrepreneurs Are the Solution(Muhammad Yunus).

Chapter 6 Business as Service:“Doing Well to DoGood” (Kartar Singh Khalsa).

Chapter 7 Leveraging Entrepreneurship for Social Change(Donna Callejon).

Part Three: What Do We Need to Do So That Entrepreneurs andConscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’sProblems?

Chapter 8 Solving All Environmental Problems (MichaelStrong).

Chapter 9 Eliminate Global Poverty (Michael Strong).

Chapter 10 Is Economic Freedom for Everyone? (Hernando deSoto).

Chapter 11 Can Entrepreneurs Help Us Improve Our Understandingof the World? (Michael Strong).

Chapter 12 Improving Health, Happiness, and Well-Being(Michael Strong).

Part Four: Living a Life of FLOW.

Chapter 13 The Upward Flow of Human Development—Maps ofthe Terrain: From Success to Signifi cance—The Five BottomLines of Conscious Capitalism (John Mackey and Dr. DonBeck).

Chapter 14 Areté and the Entrepreneur (BrianJohnson).

Chapter 15 The Creation of Conscious Cultures in Support ofHuman Flourishing (Michael Strong).

Chapter 16 Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good(Jeff Klein).

Chapter 17 The FLOW Vision for the Twenty-First Century(Michael Strong).

About the Contributors.

Index.

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