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Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Elon Must have some big ideas about surviving and thriving.

If the public sector can date the private sector I see a beautiful relationship and our chances of survival greatly increased

“TERMS OF SURVIVAL” SERIES

This twenty-part series introduces you to twenty key terms used in a local mobilizing process that you and your community will require to survive and thrive during colliding crises. The articles will reference the three-headed hydras of apathy, envy and fear, those people in positions of power who are fighting to keep a broken status quo.

Concept 18: Private sector partnerships

The 100% Community initiative will be developing and launching innovations and projects focused on ensuring ten vital services for surviving and thriving. Many of these projects will be public and private sector partnerships. This requires for many of us, expanding our networks, developing new relationships with business people and entrepreneurs. The private sector has a very different mind set from those of us working in the public sector. Positive attributes of business people, like a drive to reach measurable results, is one I admire.

By now, we can connect the dots from a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic to an economic downturn that is crushing for local businesses. And destabilizing for workers, whether they work for big box stores or ma and pa shops. What the future holds for the world is work, along with social justice and access to timely health care, is up for grabs.

How best to navigate the colliding crises is a question the private sector needs to be engaged with. This entire chaotic reality we face in our homes, on our mobile devices and outside our front door will not be solved by government leaders alone.

Setting a big table

We need a big table for everyone to sit at and pitch solutions focused on how we can revolutionize service delivery, starting with the vital services for surviving in an era of pandemics and economic meltdowns. Bill and Melinda Gates next to Oprah next to Elon Musk next to fifty governors. Six feet apart, if need be. (OK, video conference and hold the wine.)

We need business leaders in each of our 3000+ counties to help leaders in city government and county government to improve the quality of services and increase the quantity of ten vital services for surviving and thriving. As I say over and over (forgive me for repeating this mantra but I will keep at it until it sinks in with local leadership): In an era when technology and artificial intelligence is radically reinventing every product and service on the planet, now is the time for innovative socially-engaged business thinking combined with pragmatic public sector planning.

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We need business people to help invent everything from drive-thru family medical services and web-based job training with job placement services to app-ordered mental health/life skills coaching and youth mentorship. We need to make these services accessible to all residents. Everyone. Everywhere. Across every urban and rural community in our county.

Invitations should go out now

There are countless ways to make accessible the ten vital services to improve family and community life for everyone in every part of your county. (High on the list is ending the digital divide.) Some of that brilliant outside-the-box thinking will come from your socially-engaged local business leaders. Set the table (or schedule the zoom meeting with your chamber of commerce leadership) and they will come.

See 100% Community, Chapter 27: The Chamber of Commerce and Private Sector Must be Full Partners in Ensuring Surviving and Thriving Services

The future is what we make it. Join the evolution.

Please excuse any typos as I construct an article at 3am on only one cup of Joe. These stories are mine and mine alone. I do not represent any organization here. If one of my illustrations looks like a real human or three-headed hydra, that’s total coincidence. Words and images ©Dominic Cappello but share with everyone you know. Questions? Answers await you here: www.tenvitalservices.org

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A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

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