Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems

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"In the past, many believed you either went into 'publicservice' to do good, or you 'went into business' to make money. Fewrealized that the long-term success of business depends on servingpeople, not making money. Few realized that perhaps the best way toserve the public was through free enterprise. Whole Foods Marketfounder John Mackey, visionary thinker Michael Strong, micro lenderMuhammad Yunus, and a few others understand these truths. Be theSolution is the best single book to read to understand the emergingways in which entrepreneurs can change the world."
—Gary Hoover, serial entrepreneur, founder of Hoover'sBusiness Information Service, Hooversworld.com

"Michael Strong speaks the truth. A must-read for our newAmerican government."
—Sam Wyly, founder, Green Mountain Energy; author of 1,000Dollars and an Idea

"This book is totally fantastic. Treat your mind to a feast. Useit to tune your vision towards what really works."
—Charles Harper, Senior Executive VP, Chief Strategist, JohnTempleton Foundation

"Perhaps more than ever before, young people today are motivatedby the desire to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, manyhave little idea about how to do it, and their educational studiesprovide them with little direction. In contrast, this book is aroad map about how we can get from where we are to where we want tobe—to a more peaceful, more prosperous, and moreenvironmentally sound world. Plus, it is exciting, uplifting, andadventurous. Indeed, it provides the recipe for a betterworld."
—Dr. James Gwartney, coauthor of Economic Freedom of theWorld: 2007 Annual Report; Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chairat Florida State University

"This is a very thoughtful and timely book that asks us to lookaround—and to look within—the amazing opportunitiesthat entrepreneurship offers to the world. I recommend this book toanyone interested in finding solutions to the currentcrisis."
—Giancarlo Ibarguen, Executive President, UniversidadFrancisco Marroquin

"At last, a book about the heart of capitalism as a force forcreating good in the world for solving many of our tough societalproblems. I hope our political leaders read it."
—R. Edward Freeman, Olsson Professor of BusinessAdministration, Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institutefor Corporate Ethics, University of Virginia

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What if the distinction between business and doing goodvanished? What if all those who engaged in business were committedto a deeper purpose, and all those committed to doing good wereentrepreneurial and enterprising? What would it take for a world ofseven billion such people to solve all the world's problems?

More and more people are looking for meaning and purpose intheir lives as employees, as consumers, and as investors. More andmore people have more than enough material goods and are moreinterested in the qualities of the goods they buy; in theexperiences associated with the services they provide and buy; inthe way the companies they buy from act as citizens; and inself-actualization—rising up Maslow's hierarchy. As anincreasing percentage of the population reaches the point at whichthey no longer need more stuff, what will they do, how will theylive their lives?

If you are one of these people, wondering where to go from here,how to "be the solution" in the twenty-first century, Be theSolution provides an original perspective on how to create a betterworld. Focused entirely on entrepreneurial and Conscious Capitalistsolutions to the challenges and opportunities facing humanity, Bethe Solution shows how the entrepreneurial passion to create abetter world, in combination with Conscious Capitalist businesspractices, can solve far more of the world's problems than anyother approach.

In combination with leading Conscious Capitalists such as JohnMackey writing on "Conscious Capitalism," leading socialentrepreneurs such as Muhammad Yunus writing on "Social Business,"and leading legal reform experts such as Hernando de Soto writingon "Is Economic Freedom for Everyone?," entrepreneurial educatorMichael Strong lays out a philosophical, social, and legalframework for a FLOW vision through which all problems may besolved entrepreneurially.

FLOW, Inc., is an organization cofounded by John Mackey andMichael Strong to promote Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of flowas optimal experience—the state in which we are so immersed inchallenging, creative activity that we forget that time is passing.To be engaged in flow activities is happiness itself. Whether weare creators of enterprises or entrepreneurially creative withinour life as employees, we can embody the entrepreneurial spiritand, in the words of Michelangelo, "criticize by creating."

In addition, FLOW refers to the global flow of goods, services,capital, humans, ideas, and culture, in a positive win-win-winworld based on love rather than fear. Combining the best of thepositive psychology and human potential movements with the best offree market thinking, FLOW offers a unique perspective on how to Bethe Solution in the twenty-first century.

About the Author:

Michael Strong, educated at Harvard, St. John's College, and the University of Chicago, has created several high-performance private and charter schools, including a school that was named the 36th best public school in the United States on the Washington Post's Challenge Index. The author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, Strong has consulted for hundreds of educational institutions around the world. Prior to his career in education, he was a doctoral student at the University of Chicago working on a dissertation on "Ideas and Culture as Human Capital" under economics Nobel laureate Gary Becker. Strong is currently the CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, Inc., the nonprofit organization he cofounded with John Mackey.

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