Posted by The Happy Tutor
Questions posed by Peter Karoff for a new book of readings by the wealthiest people you can imagine, and those who control many of the larger foundations, as well as some who work in nonprofits providing direct services. The style of the editor is genial, urbane, gracious, and idealistic, though cut through with the wisdom of experience. Peter is also a poet. Here are his questions, to provoke 1,000 to 2,000 words answers.
What is your vision for a better world? What are the conditions needed to realize that vision? What are the obstacles? Based on your experience, what parts of your vision are realistic and what ideas, strategies, and plans can make it so?
And most importantly,
What have you seen that works?
Peter invited me to participate, perhaps to call my various bluffs. In what style (Courtier or Fool) does one advance a vision of a better world, among those who have the wealth, power, or celebrity to have an impact?
Deadline is June 1. I will be trying out ideas and comic routines here, and sure could use some help. Let's say the premise is that a better world would be more democratic, or at least ruled by an aristocracy with class? What stands in the way of our realizing such a world? What have we seen that works? (Freedom pens? Interlocking elites? GITMO? The Patriot Act? Demonizing dissent? Secrecy. Religious zeal? Trickle down philanthropy? Ameliorating conditions created by markets and public policy? What works - pass the Thunderbird and shut the lid, I am thinking.)