My new book, WELCOME TO ENTREPRENEUR COUNTRY - What it is, How to find it, Why you should visit - describes the essence of the new social contract that is emerging. A structural change is happening akin to the shift from horses to cars, and that the winners are those who get to the other side first.
My thesis is that prosperity is driven by harmonious interdependence, and the enemies of that are bankers and industrialists who don't care about outcomes (hyper independence), a state which infantalises its people (feudalism), and individuals who argue for their limitations and seek dependence.
My own backstory is used as a narrative for describing how entrepreneurs "go to a different country everyday", and then describes how I slowly came to the realisation through the financial crisis that "we are all going to that same country" : Entrepreneur Country. The country operates around a set of economics driven not just by technology but by alignment of forces. Goliath enterprises should use their distribution and customer base as a highway for the new "digital David's" who are building the cars of the new era. "Ecosystem Economics" is the new industrial paradigm.
Individual Capitalism is coming to the fore; the unit of trading has shifted from business to the individual capitalist. Kids in their 20's think of themselves as their own P&L and their own brand. Their parents who have been laid off or left their corporate jobs don't want to go back. My view is that women are uniquely positioned in a world of networks to lead.
The qualities traditionally referred to as feminine leadership traits - group collaboration, trust-based management, transparency - are not only preferable, but they are necessary where hierarchy has been usurped by multi-stakeholder networks. We live in a carrot world; sticks don't work (anymore).
I have tried with WELCOME TO ENTREPRENEUR COUNTRY to offer a way out of the downward spiral that covers our papers from crisis to crisis. It is only by challenging each individual to find and make their unique contribution to the world that we work our way out of the moral bankruptcy, depleting sense of confidence and shrinking economy. Leaders are people who care about things beyond themselves, beyond money, beyond their narrow self-interest.
The influences are as vastly different as the Venezuelan economist Carlotta Perez, the Russian philosopher Ayn Rand, the technology marketeer Geoff Moore, and the German theologian Martin Luther. Most importantly the entrepreneurs whose bags I've helped to carry.