Happy Commenter Appreciation Day!
We’ve received some great comments, which we’re especially stoked about given that we’re only six weeks old. We know they sometimes get overlooked, so here’s a roundup of a few of our faves:
Regarding Rebecca Robinson’s post on the Puritanical origins of many of the social sector’s current problems, Danya wrote:
We [in the social sector] don’t want to have to take this huge pay cut — at all. Why should we? That feels backwards and uninviting… Why should you feel ‘guilt’ around being financially stable or abundant? Odd. Those aren’t our values. They were passed down from somewhere (as you so humorously pointed out)… what we want, is to find some great balance of doing good and doing well.
In response to Rikha Sharma Rani’s story on greening urban slums, Nikola said:
I think that sometimes the human mentality is to ‘move’ or change an environment and start fresh; as if this will solve all the problems we face. While I think there is some benefit to this mentality… it is not a very smart way to deal with problems. I love the UTT approach because it is learning about the people, bringing a story to life, giving the people a sense of ownership. If we make the environment a better place people will adapt to that better environment and in turn live a better quality of life.
And check out the conversation going on around Amanda Parson’s mini case study on Common Ground’s transitional housing program. Kevin Lately commented:
Understanding the Freedom issue with Homeless people is Epic. I was a homeless 16 year old Teenager. I could not let anyone know I was homeless; or I would have been pulled into ‘The System.’ I had a job & was still in school. I lived under buildings, slept in storerooms @ work and would hide in the School basement. I did everything I could not to lose my Freedom. Most Shelters today still don’t understand: That Dirty mumbling unkept man in front of them is a person waiting for Dignity to find Himself again I got lucky, finished school & got off the street. Today When Im driving down the Street I still look @ places where I might sleep. Now there’s Common Ground.
Another reader, Paul, replied to Kevin:
I too was homeless. It took a while to drop all the habits of homelessness, but I couldn’t have done it if someone hadn’t helped me with a place to live first, no strings attached. I would never have done so with a complicated entry process with certain prerequisites and standards. As a former homeless person, it’s gratifying to hear that an organization like Common Ground is thoughtfully listening to the people they are aiming to help.
Manuel Rosaldo’s blog post about Seth Godin’s idea of positive deviance garnered some thoughtful responses, as well. Amanda W. told us:
Really interesting piece, and definitely poses important questions to someone like me who’s trying to rock the boat with building a consumer movement in India. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from living and working here, it’s that social innovation, building movements, and empowering changemakers works differently in different places. I wonder what the blueprint for a little positive deviance would look like if they were written for social innovation in other countries. I would think that they would be at least somewhat, or maybe even entirely, different.
We’re thrilled to be engaging with you on these topics. One of our objectives is foster dialogue around the question of how people are crafting solutions to pressing social problems. If you have anything to add to these conversations or any topics you’d like to see us covering more, please join in! We want to hear from you.
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