David Brooks, the conservative columnist at the New York Times, offers a vision of netrworks of government facilitated social entrepreneurs setting to work on intractable social issues including poverty and college access.
In "Thoroughly Modern Do-Gooders" he paints a vision of data-driven, nerdy, Bill Gates lookalikes attacking problems government agencies cannot solve.
This is the image of the public-private partnership in the so-called social sector that Peter Drucker promoted and Al Gore labeled "re-inventing government".
Every progressive voice for change simply has to come to terms with this image: supporting it and contributing to it, or critiquing or de-bunking it. It is the new trend in public thought. It is not going away any time soon. Look for some version of this from both national political parties.