Like many, I’ve looked at the arrival of 2012 with a sense of unease, knowing that the turbulence of a potentially nasty election season will soon begin in earnest. Then I had the good fortune to read a blog post by author and ideas man Seth Godin, The Chance of a Lifetime (thanks for the tip, Shawn Dove!):
A friend asked me the other day, “…given the sorry state of so much in the world, what’s possible to look forward to?” The state isn’t sorry. It’s wide open. Interest rates are super low, violence is close to an all time low, industries are being remade and there’s more leverage for the insurgent outsider than ever before in history. The status quo is taking a beating, there’s no question about it. That’s what makes it a revolution...
So stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That’s why there has never been a better time for the new. (Read more here).
I’m excited by “the new” in 2012 here at the Kapor Foundation! We’re shifting some of our program priorities to better align with other areas of work underway at the Kapor Center; namely, we’re exploring how to better support information technology that will “accelerate or positively disrupt” mission-driven social change work. And riding off of the heels of Mitch’s appearance on CNN’s Black in America IV last November, we’re also getting positioned to play a role in diversifying the startup industry. Read more about our goals and 2012 priorities here.
Embracing the new doesn’t mean automatically abandoning the old. Over the past four years we’ve built strong relationships with community partners and philanthropic peers, so we look forward to deepening many of those relationships in this year of energy and change. We’ll continue to support civic engagement and elections protection activism as well as larger social justice-oriented coordination in the foundation community, and we also look forward to gaining major traction with our College Bound Brotherhood. In keeping it real, though, this does mean that we will will have fewer dollars available for responsive grantmaking that is unrelated to tech.
On behalf of everyone at the Kapor Foundation, best wishes for a fulfilling and positive year of progressive change. May we move even closer to our collective vision of a just and thriving nation and world. Let’s go do it!