With the economy in a recession and society’s trust in business at a low, Fuse Corps is a revolutionary venture that hopes to help solve these problems. In the blog Spring Wise, a blog post titled “Entrepreneurs matched with government leaders on grassroots projects” explains briefly the point and plan behind Fuse Corps. Fuse Corps is a one year program that hires 10 to 20 entrepreneurs who have high energy, at least eight years of experience, and great leadership skills to work side by side with mayors, governors, or social entrepreneurs. Starting this upcoming March, those selected with attend a two week leadership program and then be divided into working in either a “cabinet-level” position or with community-based organizations. They will be paid either based on a salary or on a stipend.
After further research on the Fuse Corps, I found that the venture is meant to offer a fresh approach to solving society problems that the government has so far been unable to complete. The program’s goals are to create a new generation of leaders that can solve problems from the ground up. The program is promoting a REVOLUTION!
The program itself was partly inspired by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mendelbaum’s book, That Used to be US. Friedman and Mendelbaum offer their views on how America got to its current situation as well as promoting their views on how to improve the conditions. They offer many examples of leaders who did make things work and were successful while everyone else was in a downward spiral. They recommend that America needs responsible leaders that make up a public-spirited elite in America. The emerging leaders also need to work from the bottom up on social issues for an overall renewal of America. By changing our priorities, culture, and values, America can move forward in a positive light.
The Fuse Corps is designed around this philosophy to jump start this revolution. I believe that the venture will change the relationship between business, government, and society. Currently, business and society have relied on the government to help regulate the economy in times of crisis and to bail out those businesses that are “too big to fail”. With the venture in place, business will now come to government in order to help solve society’s problems by working with officials on grassroots problems. By directly working with the government, officials can sign off immediately on plans and make them effective quickly. Entrepreneurs also have a chance to focus on solving social issues using their business background. The program sounds like a great opportunity for helping society gain trust back in business as well as a chance for business to really make a good difference in government and society.