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Pretty good, usable actions, not overly hyped, although as always, correlation isn't causality. 
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Matt Cutts from Google has pretty explicitly stated that Google isn't using +1s to determine ranking.
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+Gideon Rosenblatt, this made me think of you.. from "Triple Bottom Line: The Economic Systems Infrastructure for a Sustainable and Abundant Service Economy," Arthur Warmoth, 2006.

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Creating appropriate economic institutions for a postindustrial world requires us to recognize a few basic principles:

“Money is an agreement, within a community, to use something as a means of payment [medium of exchange]” (Lietaer, 2001, p. 41). The “something” used is what we commonly refer to as “money,” but it has its value on the basis of social agreement, not intrinsic worth. The specific design features of a monetary system have practical consequences.

There is an economics of the commons (public goods and services, sustainable ecology, quality of life) that is different from and complementary to the economics of price- auction markets (which produce trade goods and services).

In the economics of the market system, land (natural resources) is accounted for as a cost factor in the production process. More recent thinking has pointed out that the earth is an asset which can be managed in ways that deplete or sustain its value. This has led to concern with the need to account for “externalities.”

In the economics of the market system, human labor (including intellectual as well as manual labor) is also treated as a cost. In the economics of the commons, human creativity and relationships are intrinsic forms of wealth. Shifting from a view of human resources as costs to a view of human labor, creativity and relationships as assets (intrinsic forms of wealth) leads to new approaches to accounting for value and is key to the creation of an abundant, information-rich service economy.

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Glad I'm not the only one who was thrown by the typos. Unclear why my prof thought it worth assigning, to be honest.
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Education and knowledge by themselves do not bring inner peace to individuals, families or the society in which they live. But education combined with warmheartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you're governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways. Therefore, while you are learning, don't forget the importance of warmheartedness.
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It is long winded. I am not sure who the audience is? It is a nice set of case studies plopped in there. (I would assume that program officers need something to cut to the chase.)

Any document that connects Seneca Falls and Fukushima has got to be for academic audiences.

There is some really nice useful data summary of funding.

I like the paper. There is a bit of confusion around "organizing" and "mobilizing". Those are distinct terms of art with distinctive outcomes. The confusion leads to unfair critiques of the success of a good organizing effort to mobilize and faults big mobilizations for failure to organize. the paper uses the messy definitions to fault both and propose the wrong investment mix. The paper also fails to really support the big suggestions in the strategy, 20% to communities...25% to grassroots advocacy... where did that come from? 

The problem is that we fail when we leave organizing to mobilizers or when we leave mobilizations to organizers.  

We need to fund the local community people to organize (broad based, diverse, multi-issue, complex values, and deeply engaged in work and campaigns to further organizing goals).

We need to fund campaigners to work on mobilizing others (not their own exclusive base).

We need the network-centric approaches to develop more powerful ways to support, network, coordinate and connect the mobilizers and organizers in ad hoc and sustained advocacy efforts. 

I agree with the general thrust of the conclusions to invest in organizing, sustain local feet in the community, stay away from single issue focus, and build an infrastructure of support  that is fluid and ultimately helps mobilizers kick ass.   




  
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Worth a read. Collaboration is hard.
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The brilliant and inspiring +Eugene Kim has a new project. If you're in San Francisco and you want to get focused, intensive "workouts" for your leadership muscles, check this out.
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Thanks so much for sharing! Friends of Jon get $50 off; mention him in your application.
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Thrilled to announce that I've got a new gig... at a startup with my amazing fellow Groundwire alums +Drew Bernard and +Shawn Kemp. 
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Right on Jon. I am sending some business your way right now.
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Skip over the rehashing of "Death of Environmentalism" to get to the good part about how we need to radically reduce the number of single-issue environmental organizations.
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We are seeing how the multi-issue network works at www.movingmdforward.net.  I am pretty sure the public likes to be more fully engaged in a variety of issues vs. a single issue.   I am not sure we throw the baby out with the bathwater so we need to develop a hybrid networks that allow the most passionate people to really drive the work on the single issues but organize networks to syndicate content and resources across the silos and small groups. we need to be people focused externally and more network-centric in our organizing infrastructure.   
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I think it depends on whether it is ultimately found that he altered the docs or not.
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Philanthropy network builder, communications strategist and change agent
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  • Philanthropy Northwest
    Communications Director, 2013 - present
  • Netcentric Campaigns
    Board Member, 2011 - present
  • University of Washington Evans School of Public Affaris
    Grad Student, 2011 - 2013
  • ActionSprout
    Director of Strategy, 2013 - 2013
  • Plone Foundation
    Board Member, 2007 - 2011
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    Senior Strategist, 1995 - 2011
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