Part III of the Exclusive Ideagen Interview with Amway’s Jeff Terry with Ideagen’s George Sifakis
George Sifakis: Jeff, how do you believe the cross-sector collaboration can help solve many of the world’s most vexing issues, such as childhood hunger?
Jeff Terry: George, this is such an important question, such an important topic. I think it’s fair to say that anybody that is looking at addressing a community based issue, whether it’s in a local community on a national basis, regionally or globally, that the days of taking these things on by yourself and being a solution provider solely by yourself are gone. It will only take us so far.
Having worked in the space of international development and health and corporate social responsibility for two decades, It’s really today more than ever the role of the private sector not solely, but in partnership with civil society, in partnership with government, in partnership with many community based organizations, we need to do this together.
We can’t just solve problems on our own anymore. We’ve seen cycles of public private partnerships over the last 30 years and their effectiveness in different levels. I think the day and age of true cross-sectoral work is really critical. One of the most important challenges with it is having that very open objective trust building conversation early in relationships to say, “Guys here’s what we’re trying to accomplish, let’s figure out how we can accomplish together.”