• We the Possibility

  • Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems
  • By: Mitchell Weiss
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

During his years as a public official, Mitchell Weiss was told that government can't do new things or solve tough challenges - it's too big and slow and bureaucratic. Sadly, this is what so many of us have come to believe. But in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, he and his city hall colleagues raced to support survivors in new, innovative ways. This kind of entrepreneurial spirit and savvy in government is growing, transforming the public sector's response to big problems at all levels. 

In this inspiring and instructive book, Weiss argues that we must shift from a mindset of "Probability Government" - overly focused on performance management and on mimicking "best" practices - to "Possibility Government". This means a leap to public leadership and management that embraces more imagination and riskier projects. 

Weiss shares the basic tenets of this new way of governing in the book's three sections: "Government That Can Imagine", "Government That Can Try New Things", and "Government That Can Scale".

At a crucial moment in the evolution of government's role in our society, We the Possibility provides both inspiration and a positive model to help shape progress for generations to come. 

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Exploitation to exploration

Mitchell Weiss had a virtual talk with our class which led me to reading his book. I liked the structure of the chapters. The end of each chapter had a great summary and review. I was able to gain lots of knowledge about government organizations and efforts that aim to take the government from exploitation to exploration , probability to possibility. I most definitely recommend to those interested in government innovation.

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Solving Public Problems

All about solving public problems. Big problems. Excellent chapters around pandemic tracing work. Wrapped around the Boston Marathon bombing, the book points out we have work to do and provides a blueprint for doing so.