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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, 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: COUNTERING AIDS, ALZHEIMER'S AND GLOBAL PANDEMICS 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. CONSERVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 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. HELPING COMMUNITIES GROW 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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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, 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: COUNTERING AIDS, ALZHEIMER'S AND GLOBAL PANDEMICS 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. CONSERVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 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. HELPING COMMUNITIES GROW 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad Manske

    Pandemics, terrorism, climate change, etc., and other similar global-effecting events/issues require constituting a tri-sector approach—with experts from business, government and the the civil sector (like nonprofits)—toward resolution. This is the thesis of this now prescient work authored in 2008 by four Booz Allen Hamilton associates. Interviewing over 100 government and business leaders, Megacommunities are the entity that would would ‘come together’ contributing expertise and wisdom for tac Pandemics, terrorism, climate change, etc., and other similar global-effecting events/issues require constituting a tri-sector approach—with experts from business, government and the the civil sector (like nonprofits)—toward resolution. This is the thesis of this now prescient work authored in 2008 by four Booz Allen Hamilton associates. Interviewing over 100 government and business leaders, Megacommunities are the entity that would would ‘come together’ contributing expertise and wisdom for tackling worldwide challenges. A very timely need given the seeming disarray of the current COVID pandemic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mariyana Angelova

    This book is about "megacommunities", which are more ore less a network of organizations and groups of people from the governmental, and non-governmental, private and business sectors who join forces to solve local or global problems, such as climate change, terrorism, disease epidemic etc. While the book uncovers a fascinating topic, this is pretty much everything it accomplishes. It promises to explain how megacommunities are structured and work, but instead it gets lost in repetitions of thin This book is about "megacommunities", which are more ore less a network of organizations and groups of people from the governmental, and non-governmental, private and business sectors who join forces to solve local or global problems, such as climate change, terrorism, disease epidemic etc. While the book uncovers a fascinating topic, this is pretty much everything it accomplishes. It promises to explain how megacommunities are structured and work, but instead it gets lost in repetitions of things that are common knowledge. It reminded me of some marketing books filled with intuitive information, presented in such a complicated and utterly repetitive way that in no way you could recall or reproduce the central aspects after 24 hours. Maybe painfully useful to pass an exam on the next morning, but quite useless for life or any practical application. Without footing of interesting examples, in-depth case studies, concrete detailed problems, which the reader can engage with and think about possible solutions, the book sets high expectations, but leaves you high and dry hoping that something better on this topic will come out soon. The authors however deserve credit for sparkling the interest in this other way of dealing with current and next generation challenges.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Interesting concepts to support the types of multi-sectoral, non-hierarchical collaborations and alliances that are happening all over the place. But this was too theory heavy without enough examples to illuminate the ideas (especially on what a megacommunity leader looks like). It probably should have been just a white paper.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Kelly

    as part of NGO, reading this with other sector leaders to better understand how to advance our communities. overall, there are a few good ideas worth noting, but the whole concept lacks some depth and practical examples. more work needed on the topic.

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