In this 1986 memo we see one of Peter Drucker’s core ideas about the social sector spring to life.
“Civilizing the city will increasingly become top priority in all countries—and particularly in the developed countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. However, neither government nor business can provide the new communities that every major city in the world needs. That is the task of the nongovernmental, nonbusiness, nonprofit organizations.”
—Peter F. Drucker
Peter Drucker’s interest in the social sector was strengthened by his awareness of three disruptive trends that emerged during the latter part of the 20th century.
First, there was the shift from the industrial economy to the knowledge economy. As Drucker wrote, “In a transition period, the number of people in need always grows.” Second, there was the increasing failure of government to deliver results in its own human-services programs. And third, there was the need to foster “a center of meaningful citizenship” that the private sector, with its relentless focus on maximizing shareholder value, had failed to create.…