• Third Sector Radio USA

    Admirable piece, Spencer Wells. Reducing inequality anywhere will require coordinated efforts. That means leadership will shift, sometimes dramatically, sometimes subtly, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. We need a new way of thinking about leadership in multi-sectoral initiatives. A good place to learn about complexity leadership is from currently disenfranchised communities, where people are often practiced in adaptation, overlap, interrelatedness and coevolution. Elite institutions and their people, who are much more accustomed to hierarchy and predictive processes, will not provide the answers needed.

  • sr911

    Nicely written even if I am not totally in agreement with a few bits of it. It’s actually one of the better pieces put out by NPQ in probably the past month or two. Kudos. Keep up the good work.

    It does serve to remind me of exactly why I am glad that I don’t work in a part of the field that is subjected to this sort of political or activist pressure. We have nothing to do with community building or support in this sense; when people get worked up about things we work on it is to our benefit. We are one of the few places to turn to other than the federal government and a couple of 501c3s that are, as you said, nothing more than a tax shelter and long con to pay someone a really fat salary (one organisation actually pays its CEO 53% of everything that comes in the door). There are no racial or ethnic politics in our field to any real degree. It is kind of interesting to be one of the rare folks in the sector who is “on the outside looking in” at all of this. That distance gives an interesting ability to step back and see all the sides of the die.