Well, the Forum is finally here. We had the venue swap out their nice armchairs and replace them with metal folding chairs so we could bring the seat count up to 100. I’ve closed down the wait list and the event is totally sold out.
The best advice I’ve gotten regarding how best to moderate the debate is “[do not] let these two congenial gentlemen get away without a clear joining of the issues, because they really are the two best spokesmen at the moment for top-down vs. bottom-up philanthropy. And don’t let it go with “both approaches are needed.””
That will be my operating model for the evening.
I just finished reading Tom Watson‘s excellent book CauseWired. I’ll have a full review soon. But I want to share something he writes with you now. In the book, Tom writes about an online project called NewCritics.
Moving from online to in-person cemented the cause. Before we began planning our real-world gatherings, NewCritics was a nice little blog. After we met in person, it became a community.
This is why I’m so excited about the Forum, why I’m glad to know that so many people wanted to attend and many more encouraged me to host an event in their city, and why I plan to keep hosting these events next year.