In the 21st century, businesses are increasingly faced with complex, "wicked" problems – challenges with social and environmental dimensions that no one company can solve alone. This is especially common in the frontier markets of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet bloc. In many cases, the best solution is to create cross-sector partnerships with organizations from outside the business world – foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and more. The resulting partnerships can generate business value as well as positive social impact, thereby benefiting companies and communities alike.
Partner With Purpose is a step-by-step guide to planning, launching, and successfully maintaining cross-sector partnerships, illustrated with vivid real-life stories from the author's work with companies around the world.
Senior Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and co-author of The Prosperity Paradox
Steve Schmida is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Resonance, a global consulting firm. Working out of the spare bedroom of his home, Steve, together with Nazgul Abdrazakova, bootstrapped Resonance into an award-winning global consulting and advisory firm with more than 100 staff worldwide.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Steve is responsible for working with Resonance staff, clients, and partners on the development of new products and services designed to drive meaningful impact in frontier markets. His writings have appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Medium.com, The Huffington Post, and The Moscow Times.