If Philanthropy is Strategic What About Nonprofits?

By Jill BlairOn June 22nd Chris Gates, Executive Director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), wrote a blog post for TWI in which he argued that in this “new world” of “strategic philanthropy” nonprofits need to approach funders with an appreciation for their experience in and knowledge of the field – to consider philanthropy not just as a source of capital but a source of wisdom as well. He suggests that once upon a time there was a more patient philanthropic sector – willing to give a good idea and an inspiring leader a chance, but NOW the world has shifted to greater accountability …   Read more

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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power

By Pia InfanteJames Tracy, TWI community member, has co-authored a new book that offers, among other tenets, a call for uncommon conversations and unlikely allies.The following are a few thoughts from James about the project:Can you tell us a bit more about James Tracy? I was born in Oakland and mostly raised in Vallejo, CA. I was an accidental activist pretty early on. One day, a few friends and I cut school and snuck out to San Francisco for a punk concert that never happened. We stumbled upon a clergy led anti-nuclear demonstration in front of the Federal Building. That night the ABC News ran …   Read more

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More Than Money – Foundations As Strategic Partners

By Chris Gates, Executive Director, PACE – Philanthropy for Active Civic EngagementAs one of 38 affinity groups of the Council on Foundations, people are often confused about the role that we play in the philanthropic sector. PACE, and other affinity groups like it, works as a learning collaborative of funders doing work in the fields of civic engagement and democratic theory and practice. We think together, we share …   Read more

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Utopian Storytelling

By John EsterleWhat does utopia mean to you? For most of us the word conjures up images of an idyllic world — so idyllic in fact as to be seen as something that’s completely unrealistic or has an inevitable dark, social engineering side to it. Filmmaker Sam Green creatively explores different facets of the notion of utopia and the utopian impluse in both his new documentary, The Universal Language (TWI provided some support) and in his “live” documentary, Utopia in Four Movements, which he’s taken on the road this past year.The Universal Language is a lovely profile of Esperanto, tinged with hope and sadness, humor and …   Read more

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Giving on the Right-Side of the Brain: Beauty = Truth

By CJ Callen”Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” – Jon Keats “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei Once I took a night class on “drawing on the right-side of the brain” based on the book of the same title. The instructor asked us to draw a flower and so I dutifully conjured up from my head that lame representative image that I placed on paper. Next she placed a real flower on the table …   Read more

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