Prediction: The New Paradigm for Philanthropy Edit Title
Wed, Nov 05, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT Edit Date
Philanthropy has been undergoing a classic paradigm-shift—i.e., a total transformation of its vocabulary, conceptualization, rhetoric, infrastructure and modes of operation—since the late '90s, driven by computers and the Internet, new demographics of wealth, and the globalization of the American high-tech economy. This is why changes and innovations are all around us. Some and perhaps most of these will turn out to have been ephemeral; some will gain traction and connect to form the New Paradigm—i.e. the governing model of philanthropy in the 21st century.
While there is no cause for alarm, it helps to understand that paradigm-shifts are serious business—they have winners and losers. The dinosaurs are generally stuck in the mud, and the last to learn what is going on with all the mammals scurrying around under their feet, building the new ecosystem.
The end results of paradigm-shifts are not generally predictable, because key innovations can be made late in the game. At some point, however, the outlines of a New Paradigm begin to make themselves clear. We are now at that point.
This Webinar will provide a strategic overview of the current paradigm-shift—its fundamental structure, processes, and prominent features. Some of the key structural elements of the New Paradigm are now foreseeable and will be described. A few potential dinosaurs will be named, and the beauty of the whole for the future of philanthropy in America will be savored.
If we know where we are going, we can get there more efficiently and productively. This Webinar is intended to help in that process.
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