Posted by The Happy Tutor
The Philanthropic Initiative Web cast managed to go off smoothly. Noticed Gerry was on line. Did anyone else listen in? Impressions? Note the review by the Author Function of Peter's paper, Open Source Philanthropy.
Found more to like in that talk and Peggy Dulaney's remarks than in the ongoing web conversation about "emergence" and "the wisdom of crowds," which are essentially as far as I can see libertarian in philosophy (leave it all alone and it will all work out for the best as we dunces do what we please.) I think Peter and Peggy are way beyond the bloggers' understanding of social change, of cluetrain, or the world of ends. They know it takes a confluence of forces, from policy, to business, to civil society, to the arts, to strategic philanthropic funding, to social organizing, and above all, listening to and partnering with those who are constituents. The style of that webcast and article are very much that of the educated, often hereditary elite - sprezzatura, diffidence, modesty, moderation, good manners and good sense. But, to my ears, they are not passive, not any more. The call for open source is Peter's way of opening the back door, or the front door, to riffraff like us. So that makes me the house nigrah, I know, if I take him up on the offer, but to "serve wealth," to teach as well as to supplicate, to spank as well as flatter, that is what WB is parable of, right? Dungeon Master to the Stars. I am pretty much wide open here to comments, particularly those that may be skeptical. I have noticed, though, that sometimes people prefer to repeat familiar patterns, and are uncomfortable extending their social range, up or down. Just wear a bow tie, guys. You can pass. And women, a wool skirt, white blouse blouse and pearls, please. We can make common cause. Right or wrong?
Cake walk at the Big House? What I heard Dulaney say about partnering with the poor was just the opposite.