Mitch Weiss, Professor at Harvard Business School and author of We the Possibility: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems, shares his experience working in public office and using entrepreneurial thinking to solve significant problems.
Mitch recounts his story during the fatal Boston Marathon Bombings. He was Chief-of-Staff to Boston’s mayor, Thomas Menino, at the time, and was responsible for implementing an innovative initiative to aid victims and direct funds to them efficiently.
He also unpacks Public Entrepreneurship, a relatively novel concept, and stresses that governments need to emulate what works in the private sector and apply it to the public sector.
To conclude the episode, Patrick and Mitch discuss examples of countries that have successfully implemented entrepreneurial thinking in public problems; and share practical ideas on how you too can get involved, contribute, and help make a change.
Meet our guest:
Mitchell Weiss is a Professor of Management Practice in the Entrepreneurial Management unit and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School. He created and teaches the school’s course on Public Entrepreneurship and is the author of WE THE POSSIBILITY: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems. He also teaches The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the first year of the MBA Program.
Prior to joining HBS in 2014, Mitch was Chief of Staff and a partner to Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino. During this time, he co-founded the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.