Byron's Babbles

Living A Courageous Life Full of Contribution

Posted in Uncategorized by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on November 1, 2015

thPeter and Doris Drucker gave tangible form to their values and concerns for America. When they arrived in America in 1937 they were faced with the severe economic challenges all Americans and the country itself was facing at the time. The Druckers did find and treasure the hospitality and warmness of Americans that they called “sweetness” (Maciariello, 2014). Peter Drucker believed, however, that it would take the social sector, particularly nonprofits, not government, to solve our social problems. He believed the social sector must create communities for citizens.

Drucker believed that only nonprofit organizations could provide the diversity of communities we need. These organizations include churches, professional associations, homeless care, health clubs and many others (Maciariello, 2014). Drucker argued the nonprofit social sector organizations were the only ones capable to satisfy the need for effective citizenship needed by an effective community. Drucker posited, “Only the social sector can create what we now need, communities for citizens” (Maciariello, 2014, p. 345). By doing this and becoming involved in the social sector we can give tangible form to our values and concerns.

“What bothers me in this country is that our society today has lost its sweetness. It’s sour, terribly sour, and I think that this isn’t anything government can do much about, or is likely to do very much about. In fact the way we are going, government is making the sourness worse. It’s only this kind of activity in the nonprofits, this kind of self-respect shown to people, this kind of initiative in solving our most difficult social problems that I think we can make this a society again.” ~ Peter Drucker

IMG_0690Drucker taught us we should strive to elect local public officials who understand the limits of government and the need for public, private, and nonprofit cooperation to further strengthen the work of our social sector and public sector institutions. I’ll close this post with the charge that we all need to become involved in civic organizations that are active in strengthening the social bonds that help create more healthy communities in the United States.


Maciariello, J. A. (2014). A year with Peter Drucker: 52 weeks of coaching for leadership effectiveness. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.


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