O my, did I ever have a fine idea! Foundations to make their grants effective need a well-grounded theory of social change. For that, they need an accurate map of how things are. What are the chances that a grant officer in a cushy inside job, under the direction of a monied and conservative board is going to come up with an accurate map of how things are at street level, or behind the closed doors where power games are played in secret, among those sworn to mutual aid and protection? So, to remedy this defect, why don't we crowd source the map of how things are, and with it the "theory of social change"? That way as Ford and Rockefeller and Pew invest their grants for change, they will have a whole cadre of street people to guide them. We might enlist some whistblowers too, to make sure we get good data from inside the corporate and governmental firewalls. The Foundations could frame the question this way, "What do you on the street need from us to bring this whole rotten system to its knees?" For that there might be answers, a whole cacaphony of voices.
It is indeed a good idea ... and there are more and more examples of that basic design happening. The key is of course which kind of filters are applied to the raw material.
That's where the "central question" comes in ... and the draft you suggest implies a whooole lot of filtering. Might be better not to go straight to the heart of the matter first, try a pilot project or two first ?
Posted by: JJ Commoner | May 11, 2008 at 08:25 PM
Flash mobs, maybe?
Posted by: Phil | May 11, 2008 at 09:43 PM
Ahhhhh, Lord Phillip, you are living proof that the kings we need will never be the kings we have... they will be but our fools, and our dead.
Those who control the land have no desire to see the power taken from them through such a democratic process. Without charity, how else could they maintain their position?
Have you read "The Revolution Will Not be Funded" by Incite: Women of Color Against Violence? Tis a must read:
Of course, checking this out of the library gets you on "the list." And I don't mean the kind that get you into the restaurants with no names on the front and a white-suited bouncer at the door.
Posted by: Jeremy Gregg | May 13, 2008 at 01:37 AM
A pinch of incense on Caesar's altar is the test of loyalty. Spiritual capital flows from places like Dallas Central Ministries, and to that financial and social capital rallies, not without as you correctly note opposition. But when was that ever a surprise to those who tradition goes back to the Catacombs, and whose Master died as a King mocked and scorned on a cross? Patriotism is popular. Have you seen the flags on cars and trucks in Dallas? As Patriots and their Spiritual Allies, rally to defend our Constitution against those who would subvert it, we will see a New Morning in America.
Posted by: Phil | May 13, 2008 at 08:53 AM