Booz Allen Hamilton

Megacommunities: Tackling Today's Global Challenges

Megacommunities book cover artA hurricane strikes a city; global warming threatens the environment; and a disease resists a cure—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, Hank Paulsen, Melanne Verveer, Jody Williams, 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 senior vice presidents Mark Gerencser and Reginald Van Lee and vice presidents Fernando Napolitano and Christopher Kelly, this book explains how a megacommunity approach is:

  • Countering Devastating Global Health Issues—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 Natural Resources—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 and Compete—In changing neighborhoods like Harlem, the megacommunity includes local small businesses, community groups, global companies, and foundations like Bill Clinton's.

Today, issues that significantly affect all of us—global climate change, rebuilding urban infrastructure, water scarcity, preparing for pandemics, dealing with aging populations—have become key challenges to decision makers in the public sector, private sector, and civil society.  “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.

"Megacommunities" is a much-needed action plan for solving today’s most complex problems.

story posted March 18, 2008

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