Draft- May 31, 2006
Phil – The organization and process notions you just posted are breathtaking, and may be exactly right. What are more interesting at this point to me are the potential areas of focus and action within which people might begin to grapple.
Here are some ideas that flow out of the journey that is the book. They are not the only ideas and may not be the right ones, but they do represent what Joe Breiteneicher calls “intellectual grist” for the field and beyond.
Movement Builders – what does it mean to build a movement of substance and meaning around a critical social issue? What are the strategies for change that have proven effective? What are the lessons learned in collaborative efforts? How has advocacy changed in an era of the increasing use of technology-driven networks?
How to go out of business - the promises philanthropy make are a serious matter and too often those promises reinforce the status quo instead of contributing to long term solutions. What are the elements to watch for and avoid, and what are those to promote?
Developing Public Capital – communities coming together to solve their own problems means putting those at the center of the problem at the center of the solution. How does that perspective change the role and work of the citizen activist and donor?
Too many people are sleepwalkers and are not involved in their community. How does one wake the citizen within? What is the responsibility that each individual bears to society?
Where does the moral conscience of your community lie? Does it lie with you? Which organizations provide the moral leadership of your community? Is it possible to build upon that leadership, and enlist others in this work?
In a society divided by culture wars, how does one hold true to personal beliefs and convictions while at the same time accommodating others who believe differently? What is the role of dialogue, and mediation and what does one do when that fails?
Growing Your Soul – the transformation we need the most is the transformation of the human heart. What does that mean to you, and to the issues about which you are passionate?