Mary Kearns on the new ethic - support the movement, build the network, not the brand.
I am not in this fight to support a man, or a particular group I am here to move an agenda. I will ride the dinosaur or back the bee hive. We have no stock options, we have no brand dividends other then success. A huge chunk of our talents and resources come from our Boards and volunteers that can not be discouraged by lack of money or fame. Our people are not the employees or investors in a Pets.Com. My Board members are dedicated not for money but for impact on our causes.....We will continue to build up single brand groups [like Moveon] only to watch them beheaded by large donations, legal worries, branding worries, management failures etc. Conversely, the connectivity of modern culture is turbo charging decentralized small group tactics.
Yes, with fundraising too. Support the activist/donor. Let her decide how to support the movement. Call it a win if she supports your node, or starts another. Each node is light and fragile, but the nodes are many and inter-connected. For every soldier who falls, another takes his place. The wave moves forward. This is how the many defeat the few and recover democracy. National Committee on Responsive Philanthanthropy has documented right wing stategies and tactics, heavy organized funding of strategic enclaves, hired policy intellectuals, interlocking board directorates, a career ladder for the obedient, money for political favors, but how can that compete with thousands of volunteer nodes and lightly funded hubs, networks and relays? What we do for love trumps what we do for hire. Let's help each funder realize her dream and tie that project into the grid.