Speaking or not speaking of Emergent Democracy, Active Citizen Lenore Ealy emailed me the following links on a debate between Rick Cohen of National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy and distinguished figures from conservative philanthropy. I believe that Lenore herself helped prepare some of the conservative talking points. Rick has shown how effectively a small but relatively cohesive group of funders and foundations has moved US policy discussions to the right. Should wealthy funders of either party try to frame policy issues with philanthropic dollars? Peter Karoff raised that uncomfortable question of his distinguished panelists during his Tues at TPI on Private Action in a Public Space.
Executive Summary of the NCRP report
Transcript of Panel Discussion on "Axis of Ideology, or Excess of Mythology?"
Although the group joked that Rick was entering the lion's den, I was struck by how chummy all concerned were in this debate.
Active Citizens Jan Hauser, Tom Munnecke, Joi Ito, and David Weinberger, among others, are pioneering models of giving and civic participation far from foundations and their top down grants to the Think Farms.
If democracy is an experiment perhaps it can be repeated on the net and in Open Space meetings around the country. Since 9/11 we have as a nation much we can talk about beside business and politics as usual. And we don't need the Foundations or Pundits to frame the issues or drive their wedges between us. We have to come together as a people and help ourselves and one another.
Citizen! What say you?