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Bill Drayton sees a world where 'everyone is a changemaker'

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In 1980 something [else] very profound happened. All around the world except for a few places like Burma [Myanmar] where government got in the way the citizen sector shifted and became entrepreneurial and competitive. And over three decades, which in a historical time frame is short, it's been catching up fast with business in productivity, scale, and globalization.

So now both [business and social service organizations] are entrepreneurial and competitive and there isn't that much difference in scale and productivity.

Don't social entrepreneurs often provide a service or goods to their customers? Isn't that like a business?

Everything for thousands of years has been hierarchies of repetitive functions. And that's going away. The hierarchy, which only really works for repetitive functions, can't function in a world that's defined by change.

To contribute to that world you have to be a fluid team of teams. [You ask] "This change is going on over here. Now, how can we contribute to that change process?" How you contribute today is going to be different from how you contribute in two days. And so the team of teams is constantly changing. There's no way where a hierarchy of repetitive functions where only a few people are allowed to think can deal in that world.

So whether it's a large traditional social service organization, and you can quickly think of some, or a large bureaucratic corporation, they're both dead. They will not be able to deal with this environment. And the future is for the entrepreneurs in any sector.

Once you have a team of teams, everyone has to be a player. And you better be able to see and contribute to change to be a player.

There's a very powerful logical to this. It's all driven by the underlying historical fact that the rate of change is still escalating exponentially. And so are the number of changemakers. And so are the combinations of changemakers.

The old concept of an organization with stable boundaries is rooted in a world where things didn't change perceptibly.

Are you optimistic that we can make this change to a entrepreneurial society?

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