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

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Praise for "Be the Solution""In the past, many believed you either went into 'public service' to do good, or you 'went into business' to make money. Few realized that the long-term success of business depends on serving people, not making money. Few realized that perhaps the best way to serve the public was through free enterprise. Whole Foods Market founder John Mackey, v ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2009)
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This book has an admitted libertarian agenda in a couple of the chapters. The book is also a collection of stand-alone chapters. For once, however, I found the libertarian messaging to be ethical, winning, and positively motivating, rather than fatuous self-righteousness. A lot of what this book is selling is something that people who want a better world should buy. Though the book encourages us to do so, we don't need to join a group or promote an agenda - ideology is something that gets in the ...more
Chrissy Burton
Apr 15, 2014 Chrissy Burton marked it as to-read
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José Antonio Lopez
Michael Strong & contributing authors invite us to join the change in entrepreneurship and education for a freer world. In defense of capitalism as a voluntary system that creates wealth along people who have a higher purpose in life it is possible to solve the toughest problems of society.
Otis Chandler
Jun 05, 2009 Otis Chandler marked it as to-read
Saw John Mackey talk about this book and was very inspired by it.
I was primed to love this book. I admire the main author, Michael Strong, and the previous work he has done (both in terms of his writing and activism). Others I respect have recommended the book as well. However, though there are great things about the book, I was left somewhat disappointed.

I like the ideas in the book: many of them are important and essential for human progress and development. The goals of the authors are worthwhile and idealistic.

Nevertheless, I was hoping for more focus an

This book was extremely disappointing. The essays are full of rhetorical garbage mostly about free market and deregulation as the solution to all of our problems. I truly enjoy a good discussion, but this book is anything but that. It is rigid and ideological, and exhibits a stunning lack of complexity.

For example, take the conclusion the main author comes to after describing the 2 day rush on Halibut in one of his essays, which has the conceited title, "Solving All Environmental Problems". He

Kelton Baker
Don't let the fact that I only gave the book 4 stars fool you, I loved it: This book makes me anxious to see someone take Michael's lead and write something along these lines that is truly earth-shattering; that is how powerful some of these ideas are. But don't wait for something better to come along while there is this treasure-trove of wisdom to be gleaned from "Be the Solution". The world desperately needs to know a false dichotomy lies in comparing "greedy capitalism" with non-profit benevo ...more
Good concept; weak content
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