At the start of this year, I was invited to speak at a philanthropy conference slated for late spring. I entitled my presentation, “Understanding the Philanthropic Zeitgeist.”
Of course, the original event was cancelled, replaced with a virtual conference last week. As I prepared my presentation, I gathered my thoughts on the elements of our current zeitgeist and those that particularly related to philanthropy, I was not short on relevant subject matter, including community, Zoom (and other virtual platforms), DEI, erosion of trust, and uncertainty. While Read more
Like a tabula rasa, I believe there is no such thing as human nature; rather, each of us is encoded as we as grow and are nurtured. I do, however, believe that the majority of people are basically good. And, when people are suffering, the majority of people want to help. Unfortunately, however, helping is too often reactionary rather than thoughtful. We are seeing the truth of that statement now, in the days after Hurricanes Harvey and the forthcoming Irma.
In the past couple of weeks, Read more