Here is a tale of some castaways

Posted by on Sep 16, 2008 in Community Building | 3 Comments

The crew of the SS Minnow was shipwrecked. Lost. Detached from the rest of civilization. Remember how that detachment resulted in some amazing inventions? Being a bit detached might not be a bad thing. When you read and hear about Wall Street there is a lot of economic turmoil and government intervention. Meanwhile the nonprofit sector continues to work hard to meet needs of those it serves, almost able to ignore the world around it…BECAUSE IT HAS TO! We don’t get a reprive, a financial mulligan…we continue to put our head down and churn it out…like we are unaware of the outside world, like we are shipwrecked, disconnected. You know, there might be something to that. Keep up your great work and don’t send out an S.O.S. Civilization might not be that much fun.

  • Marcia Hernandez

    Yes…I so felt this way! In fact, you failed to point out that many nonprofit were formed because of the lack of government intervention or assistance! We rock!

  • Frank Thornhill

    Sometimes government involvement can produce a very positive outcome…look at Community Action Organizations?

  • John Boesen

    Being detached doesn’t mean being disconnected. You still need your university of benefactors, consultants, patrons, researchers, supporters, and vendors. Making good decisions in fulfillment of your vision helps you stay on track even in the face of discord from something like a troubled economy.