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

Be the SolutionMarch 23, 2009 – Every day, the news feeds us stories about the dark sides of capitalism. What if the distinction between business and doing good vanished? What if all those who engaged in business were committed to a deeper purpose, and all those committed to doing good were entrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world of seven billion such people to solve all the world’s problems?

Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems (Wiley, March 2009, $24.95) shows how business can become the most important force for good in the world. Simply put, Be the Solution is a manifesto to conscious capitalism–how it works and what it takes to make it happen–which will inspire everyone who reads it to liberate their spirit to the cause of social entrepreneurism.

Written by Michael Strong, the book includes articles by

  • Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank & 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market
  • Hernando de Soto, Co-Chair of the U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor
  • Though capitalism has taken quite a beating lately, there is indeed much good that can come from it. If applied correctly, capitalism can positively influence the world we live in – others have successfully done it, and more companies needs to give this change a chance.

    Throughout these pages, readers will become familiar with how practicing conscious capitalism can create jobs; provide investments for infrastructure, education, and training; develop new technologies to meet human needs; and cultivate financial wealth for all.

    Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, this unique book will ignite readers’ passion, inspire them to make the most of their life, and expand their sense of what is possible.

    No matter what we do–whether it’s making widgets or high finance–doing it right by serving key stakeholders first, taking a larger role in community and society, and believing in the value of products or services we offer can make capitalism a force for good that reverberates around the world.

    Michael Strong is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, a non-profit devoted to “Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good.” Michael is also a pioneer in education and independent learning. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to SocraticPractice , and the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico.

    Moreno Valley High School, the charter school for which Michael was the founding principal, was ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. on the Washington Post’s 2006 Challenge Index.

    Foreword by John Mackey; Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, one of the “Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since 1998, Whole Foods is one of the top 12 supermarket companies in America and the world’s largest natural foods retail chain. John Mackey was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. Mackey is a strong believer in FLOW principles, has lived on a vegetarian co-op, and he and his wife Deborah both practice meditation and yoga.

    For more information, contact:
    Cynthia Shannon

    (415) 782-3119
    cshannon@wiley.com
    Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems
    By Michael Strong; Foreword by John Mackey

    Wiley; March 2009; $24.95
    978-0-470-45003-1; Hardcover
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