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February 2007

Blogroll at The Chronicle of Philanthropy

House_1 The Chronicle has compiled a summary of blogs of interest to people in the nonprofit world. And Gifthub made the list.  As a bounty hunter and fencer of stolen goods in real life, I am pleased to pass online as an expert in Philanthropy.  It opens all kinds of doors to the Affluent. Wait until I tell my parole officer; maybe I can finally lose this ankle bracelet.

Is Philanthropy Blogging Respectable Yet?

Philanthropybeat is blogging again. Wish Albert Ruesga would join back in.  Maybe we need a Giving Blog Rating System; one to five white gloves.  The higher the glove count the lower the chance of altering the frame of the discourse. Natter and chatter, keep it upbeat. Let's save the world, gang, and offend no one in charge of the world as it is. No wonder Albert took it on the lam.  Mummy Minim, of the East Coast Hyena-Minims, was asking about him just the other day. Was he taking his Prozac? "No," I told her, "Albert is very well adjusted. He sees a chiropractor for that." "Well," she said, "that is as  may be, but he should see a barber about that dreadful  goatee.  Tell Albert and PB that if they prove themselves reliable, I will invite them both to speak at Council on Foundations on 'Changing the World: Grant Making from a Lackey's Perspective.'"

Cutting People Open Blogs

Scalpel2 What do you do? "I cut people open." Well, Jack The Ripper,  a surgeon,  a recreational sadist, a professional interrogator,  a mortician, a coroner, and a street gang member might all say that. When I say I blog about giving, I wonder if I am not making the same kind of mistake. "Giving" like "cutting people open" is a category both so inclusive and so eclectic as to be almost meaningless, but also too narrow to be meaningful. For giving in a particular instance to come into focus you need to know who is giving what to whom, how, when, for what purpose, in the light of what understanding, with what reciprocal flows. Cutting People Open Blogs. Actually, that would probably be pretty interesting and the overlap with Giving Blogs might be nontrivial as two means to the same end, in various cases.  For the record, the greatest of all gifts is satire - cutting people open for their own good and that of society as well. 

Capital Missions

Tracy Gary pointed me to this site: Capital Missions.  If you are interested in catalyzing social change, and are not familiar with Susan Davis, the Key Initiator Network Strategy (KINS), or The Tipping Point Network, you should invest a few minutes in learning more.  Susan works with acknowledged leaders across sectors to create a vital social network with shared ideals and bias towards action. Her insights into making that process work are well worth absorbing. I only wish I were a member myself of her Tipping Point Network, but through those who are, each of us can play a part.