A Tale of Three Kingdoms: Understanding the Differences Among The Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors

Presented by: Pat Wagner

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Program Number: CD 210

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It has come to the attention of Our Fair Town that we suffer from a deficiency of ice cream. How would a government agency, a corporation, a nonprofit, or a small business address the issue? Through role play or storytelling, we can discover the real differences and commonalities among the basic models of how things get done.


  • Introduction: Three Different Ways Of Seeing The World, Plus One
  • The Key Idea: Each Kingdom Is Valid
  • The Government Ministry Of Ice Cream
  • The Big Corporation Of Ice Cream
  • The Sweet Charity Of Ice Cream
  • The Neighborhood Ice Cream Stand
  • Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?


  • Better communicate with people who work in the other sectors.
  • Know what specific help to seek to solve problems.
  • Build strategic alliances to serve institutions and communities.

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