This week I am delighted to feature an article by James Cheng which appeared just this week in NEDRA News, the excellent web publication from the New England Development Research Association. James is an active NEDRA board member, serving as chair of the Social Media Committee, the Website & Technology Committee, and the newly-created Diversity Committee. James’s article made me think about the uncertainties in our current political situations, regardless of where we live. Of the permeability of borders, and what is irreparably damaged or lost when communication and collaboration are cut off. Of what it means to be diverse, by gender, country, ethnicity, orientation, or belief system. And how important it is to make all of our constituents feel included if our organizations are to grow. NEDRA is forming a committee to begin to open the conversation on what this means for philanthropy; I applaud them and encourage you to add your voice to the discussion.
As the popularity of the “augmented reality” game Pokémon GO began to spread exponentially like a virus, my snarky comments on friends’ social posts of captured cartoon images increased correspondingly. When a couple of these friends pointed that out to me, I started to contemplate my critical responses. Were they a personal retaliation against what I saw as nostalgia-induced Pollyanna-ish myopia? Or was I perhaps reacting against the apparent surrender of higher reasoning to a tribalistic hive-mind? [Read more…]