If you believe that people can come together even in poor communities to solve their own problems, since we are all active agents of positive change, does that make you a conservative, a progressive, or maybe just a decent human being and citizen? Catalytic Communities grew from working in the favelas in Brazil, teaching computer literacy, to an on-line self-organizing network of grassroots efforts worldwide. What's working in your grassroots network? You can post your project at Cat Com and find kindred spirits sharing best practices. I know two of the people involved, Michael Maranda, their US Strategic Director, and Jean Russell, on their board. What's their angle? Too idealistic, I am afraid, to have gotten around to one. If markets fail us, and governments too, and we all end up in post-collapse favelas, these are people who would still be hard at it, trying to make life more tolerable for those around them.