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Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together
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Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together [Format Kindle]

Mark Gerencser , Reginald Van Lee , Fernando Napolitano , Christopher Kelly , Walter Isaacson

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A hurricane strikes a city; terrorists attack a nation; global warming threatens the environment--such problems are too large for any one authority to solve alone. Our increasingly globalized and interconnected world calls for a new type of tri-sector leadership in which business, government and nonprofits work together in a state of permanent negotiation. To be effective, tomorrow’s leaders will need to reach across national and sector divisions to form a collaborative “megacommunity.”


Based on interviews with over 100 leaders from around the world including Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Kenneth Chenault and Richard Parsons, MEGACOMMUNITIES: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together introduces a radically new framework for reaching solutions to today’s thorniest problems.  Written by four senior consultants from global consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, and with a Foreword by Walter Isaacson, this important book explains how a megacommunity approach is:


In India, a megacommunity battles HIV/AIDS by bringing together both public, private, and civil-sector organizations, including PepsiCo, the Gates Foundation, U.S. healthcare experts, UN development programs, and local NGOs.


In saving the world's rainforests, providers, distributors, sellers, and consumers of lumber team up with local communities, the World Wildlife Fund, and Goldman Sachs.


In changing neighborhoods like Harlem, the megacommunity includes local small businesses, community groups, global companies, and foundations like Bill Clinton's.


“What is required are leaders who know how to identify the vital interests they share with others, who are prepared to seek the benefits from which all can gain,” write the authors.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Palgrave Macmillan Trade (18 mars 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00I1W5HNY
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Optimize versus Maximize - - - The Interdependence Imperative 6 avril 2008
Par Brian Mulconrey - Publié sur
The authors make a convincing case for how the prevailing paradigm in business, government, and the non-profit sector of "Winner Take All Competition" is being exposed as a dead end. The "MAXIMIZE returns for OUR constituents paradigm" just doesn't work when the job is to address large complex and interconnected challenges like - Sustainable Energy - Global Terrorism - Fair Trade Coffee.

When faced with such a challenge, the "OPTIMIZE returns for ALL stakeholders" is the most effective strategy. The trick is that, executing this strategy requires a very different set of skills and mindsets. The great thing about this book is that it doesn't just prescribe a solution, it provides a blueprint for initiating, structuring, sustaining, and leading these Megacommunities.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good start, but not enough 22 août 2008
Par Shreddin' Mike - Publié sur
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I've never found a book on this topic before; I was turned on to it by a colleague of the authors since I'm working in an area that needs a "megacommunity" in order to truly address the enormous issues at hand. This book is a fantastic guide for how to recognize and think about multistakeholder issues, and how to begin to address them.

Too often stakeholder groups, particularly industry and NGOs, just come right out fighting. If they really and truly understood each others' points and situations they may in fact find that they can align to have similar goals and achieve their ends more readily, at lower cost, and in a mutually satisfying manner. The book provides many examples.

However, the book suffers from three problems:

First, many of the examples are more "microcommunity" than "megacommunity"; for instance - a single company in a single location dealing with a single issue. The example of a power company building a plant in a small town in Italy, while demonstrating the negatives of not working together vs. working together with different stakeholders gives an inkling of the concept but it is not "mega" by any stretch.

Second, the authors have apparently not yet had to deal with massive international multistakeholder issues like global warming or chemical regulation. Examples in those areas are needed, but are not yet available so it's no fault of the authors, it's the fault of the stakeholders. We have yet to construct our "megacommunity" and start working to get things done.

Third, the definition of stakeholders in a "megacommunity" is perhaps too narrow; only three are defined: industry, NGOs, and government. There is at least one example in the book that includes academia, a fourth (and often very important) stakeholder group. Two more, necessary for chemicals and global warming, include labor and standards development organizations.

So I want to see the next volume in the series!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Megacommunities 13 avril 2008
Par Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Publié sur
This work seeks to formulate a new business model
for articulating complicated problems which are
interdisciplinary in nature with extensive reaches
into multiple parts of the community at large.
The authors describe non-linear activity
flows and events; such as, Katrina.

We are limited by complexity, cross-boundaries,
communications, differences between "the haves"
and "the have nots" and imbalances in the
transactional flows of major systems.

The megacommunity is the merging of the public sphere,
business and civil society. These are the strategic
constituencies with the levers of influence, shared
interests and major areas of convergence.
Barnstorming solutions, pattern study,
permanent negotiation, constant reconciliation and
mapping shareholders are the norm in order to define,
structure and solve problems of a higher order or intractable nature.

The book is an excellent work for assisting communities
in the hard work of problem definition, structure and
resolution. The authors transcend existing
methodologies to seek solutions in a global-collaborative

This work would be helpful in formulating solutions to
classic problems that have beset this country and this world.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent review of case studies 16 juillet 2013
Par DARITA HUCKABEE - Publié sur
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The book summarizes the experience of consultants working on huge problems requiring government, non-profit and private industry to cooperate in order to find a solutions.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone should read this book 4 février 2013
Par KDV - Publié sur
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If we could get all the groups in our society to engage this way, we could do nearly anything. The examples are fascinating.
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