Taste - every one has his or her own; some have good taste, some bad, and all tastes are potentially profitable. Bad wine sells, and premium wine sells. I myself prefer Thunderbird as my communion wine of choice.
Ethics - every one has his or her own; some have good ethics, some bad, and all ethics are potentially profitable. I prefer commericial ethics, or business ethics, as best suited to my station in life, and providing the least friction for my noble trade.
My Role as Servant of Servants to those who Serve America's Wealthiest Families
To teach people of taste (good or bad) and of ethics relative or absolute, high or low, to have what are called priceless conversations, or conversations of purpose, with clients. The advisor then emerges as a Trusted Advisor, Morals Tutor, or Homme d'Confiance (Confidence Man, is one translation).
God has so made this world that every culture has some version of the saying, "Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations." Other such sayings include, "Remember Caesar that thou art mortal." And, "Dust to dust." And, "Those the gods would destroy, they first make successful." And, "Call no man happy until he is dead."
My Benefit to God's Plan
By training Fools and Knaves to give priceless or purposeful moral counsel, I give God a good laugh. We owe him that much for the mess we and our best clients have made of his earth.
...I felt an implacable determination that I mustn’t allow La Bruyère’s aphorism to constrain the bounds of my hermeneutical practise.
In advanced sales classes I now teach students to read the client's life as a Gospel of Wealth. For this I am or should surely be damned. I wake up in a cold sweat, imagining that some wealthy client says, "Look, Jackass, you are not the only Fool in this Dream. I can see right through you."
At Philanthropy Now you can download a free checklist (in a short or long version) for effective response to disasters. Charles Maclean, PhD did the research, with funding from Raqim Foundation.
Many well-intentioned relief efforts are not only unproductive but may cause harm. Inappropriate items are donated. Items are shipped long distances when they could be acquired nearby. Un-needed supplies incur storage and disposal costs and divert time and energy. Shipments may not be timely enough to be useful or may fall into the wrong hands.
This Checklist helps organizations new to emergency response choose options for supporting disaster-affected people. It is informed by humanitarian principles and evidence-based practice in emergency response. It results from careful research, project debriefings, and review comments by experts.
I hope this will be widely distributed, most likely by word of mouth. Kudos, Charles!
A wise friend, a counselor as much as an attorney, asks fundraisers, "What counts as success in your work?" I propose the following: Success is the persistence of community over time through the organizations that give us life. How is that?
Here we go again. (Game on.) My boss, Candidia Cruikshanks, she who rules us all, CEO of Wealth Bondage, proud sponsor of Gifthub, and social venture philanthropist beyond compare wants me to have a Gold Medal of Freedom struck in her honor, her face on the recto, her boots on the verso. The idea is to recognize a rising millennial thinker or grantmaker who has done the most to advance philanthropy during his or her most earnest and upwardly striving years. "Honoring those Sweet Young Social Change Funders Who have Learned the Ropes," is the tentative motto. Preference is given to MBAs. I found this medal online and will have to get it customized for a few bucks.
So here is the deal. I will let the millennial funder honored by this medal blog at Gifthub under a pseud of his or her choosing, That way he or she can be himself or herself, fully authentic, without risk of reprisal or ostracism. To further protect the identity of the winner, I will also create a totally fictional character, a monster of unreason and complacency, much like what you see all around you, but more so. It will be up to you, Gentle Reader, to determine what is True and what is Bogus. To make it easier, I will also continue to blog here in Propria Persona. All my posts are (I speak in all sincerity) Authentic, but we can do plenty of damage all the same, with the Semiotic Russian Roulette played as per the above. I will play the Sincere Stooge, or Straight Man, with my real life bio pledged as proof of my integrity.
Of course, Bogus is as Bogus does and it is possible that all the guest bloggers are Real, or that all are Bogus. Unless you can tell which is which how in the name of God can you watch TV, make grants, manage subordinates, vote for the candidate of your choice, or make Informed Consumer Decisions? I mean what if the people in charge are shining us on as a matter of course? How would we know? Should we ask them?
Can Philanthropy save Capitalism? I asked Candy, apropos of this important new Millennial Freedom Initiative. Fucking A, right, she said. We are going to save Capitalism up the Ying/Yang for generations to come if these little grantmaking sweeties do their job and kiss my boots in a proven process for doing well by doing good. You get more of, Phil, what you reward, and less of what you punish. That is the first principal of management, whether of employees, strategic grantmakers, or strategic grant consumers. You set such a good example, yourself, Phil, don't just stand there and smile like a waiter. Do something servile! Or, no, let me see you sit up and beg!" The Millennial Medal of Freedom is a small step on stiletto heels in the right direction. I am pleased to play my own modest part in the larger story of Western Civilization.
Interesting article on how Pierre Omidyar is funding a post-print "newspaper" in Honolulu. Beat reporters stay in conversation with readers by topic pages, blogs, discussion boards, and tweets. The print medium fades away. I would love to teach this way. "Students" would Interact with peers, interact with teachers, post their course related ideas and action projects, review each other's work, revise accordingly, get a "voted" grade from peers, and the teacher will post a final grade. Instead of a course fee, the student might pay an ongoing subscription. A credential might follow from having participated in a list of "topics."