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I don't think governments have consistently failed...

2007-04-15T16:01:00.000-07:00

I don't think governments have consistently failed - I think this point of view which dominates at philanthropy and social entrepreneur conferences is flat out wrong. I think we as societies have failed because we expect one sector to solve problems that - usually - the other two are busy creating.

Working across sectors - planning, budgeting, accounting for, implementing solutions - thats the only way out of the messes we've created. Problem is getting anyone to trust, work with, cede roles to, balance, hold accountable, expect, defer to, each other.

The insanity of doing the same thing over and over - I think applies to these conversations/conferences - which promote one sector over others, one set of solutions over others, and act as if their solution is the one that is really going to work, this time.



Interesting stuff. A couple of quick reactions:-- ...

2007-04-15T15:22:00.000-07:00

Interesting stuff. A couple of quick reactions:

-- Clinton seems in some respects to be reasoning from outdated knowledge. For example human population growth has been slowing dramatically worldwide and demographers now believe that from a peak around 2040 our global population will then begin a permanent decline. We are now depleting forests and topsoil at slower rates than we were a generation ago. The number of people living in the UN's definition of extreme poverty has now been halved in a single generation and will be halved again by 2020. Etc.

-- if "our governments have failed to solve" various key problems, then why would we want to keep seeing government as part of the solution to those problems? Isn't the classic definition of insanity to keep pursuing that which has repeatedly failed?