“I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in those places.”
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
This is probably my favorite quote of all time. So frequently, we tend to pay attention to what is important today. But in doing so, we often miss the real action. When we focus on organizations, people and events rather than how they interact and the “interesting frictions and incongruities” they create, we end up focusing on what is rather than what will be.
As we prepare to enter a new decade, one which holds great promise for philanthropy, let’s remember to focus our attention “where edges meet”. If you believe in the ongoing transformation of the social sector, it is where the edges meet that you will find the transformation unfolding.