P O S T E D B Y A L B E R T
Phil Cubeta asks:
Now we [philanthropy and nonprofit bloggers] seem to have a small audience, what could be done with it, for a larger purpose? Your points about the weakness of the web for organizing more than talk are well taken. At least we seem to have disconcerted some of the existing players, and made a space for new voices. What now?
One of the original goals of White Courtesy Telephone has already been realized: There are more bloggers than ever, engaging broader audiences in discussions about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. (I take no credit for this; I’m simply glad it happened.) We still lack racial and ethnic diversity, but the conversation is richer than it was even just a year ago.
Younger voices, tech-savvy voices, curmudgeons, and representatives of the donor community offering up new ideas; smart people from outside the nonprofit world looking in, making essential corrections; GiftHub, our alma mater, urging all of us to speak louder and more thoughtfully.
Should we try to be more than the sum of our separate parts, and if so, how?
What would we say with one voice, and is this even essential? How would we know we’ve made a difference in the lives of the people ultimately served by philanthropy and its institutions? Are there ways for us to link arms before and after we’re brought together in Sean Stannard-Stockton’s Giving Carnival, or in Peter Panepento’s Philanthropy Give and Take column? Beyond aggregating our various contributions, can we find ways to connect them?