This Is What Funding Could Look Like

February 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

The Edge Fund is the closest thing I have seen to how philanthropy would work if we are serious about systemic change. It shifts power away from those with the money, towards projects that are creating change from below.

There’s a big problem with philanthropy very few people want to talk about: the system that creates the wealth of philanthropists also causes many of the problems philanthropy attempts to solve. We don’t need philanthropists, what we need is a new world where everyone has equal rights and a fair share. If people have the means and are free of oppression, they’ll solve their own problems, they don’t need someone else’s solutions thrust upon them (especially if they happen to belong to someone with a vested interest in preserving the status quo).

Check out the website and volunteer to help if you can. This is really exciting.

h/t Hanna Thomas

UPDATE: Gavin Thomson has sent me this video of the Hummingbird Collective in Arizona, who are doing something very similar.

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