Here are some ideas for how to take action in your community:
Host a Book Discussion - Bring a group together to delve deeper into the complex issues raised by the book. Download a list of discussion questions View an invitation to Associated Grant Makers' Book Discussion (August '07 in Boston) Invite Peter to Give a Motivational Speech - Hear directly from the author about his thoughts on social change, the role for philanthropy, and pick his brain about what it all means. Description, video, and transcript from The Boston Foundation's Kickoff Event (September '07)
Partner with TPI to Host a Workshop for Donors in Your Community - Thematic workshops allow participants to discuss their own thoughts, how they intersect with those presented in TWWW, and delve deeper into a particularly meaningful theme. View a list of workshop themes Description of the workshop at The Minnesota Council on Foundations (November '07, led by Peter and TPI Senior Fellow, Amy Ellsworth).
Host a Private Event - Bring together a group of concerned citizens to discuss your goals for making a difference in your community. Read about the dinner for the President's Council on Civic Leadership (October '07, hosted by The Case Foundation in Washington D.C.)
Organize a Large-scale Community Event - When a community is ready to move from "We need to do something" to "We're ready to get started," bring all the players and stakeholders together to solicit feedback and create community ownership. Read about the 2-day event in St. Louis to support collaborative community action (December '07, hosted by the Business Journal and The Gateway Center for Giving)
Discuss the Book Over Breakfast We invite you to join us at TPI's office in downtown Boston at 9:00am on January 31, 2008 for a discussion of "The Power of Advocacy" (Chapter Four - The Listening Post: Reflection and Radical Change) Discussion topics will include: Is there an advantage in taking an inventory of basic human needs? What are the "commodities" essential to making your community a better place? Does advocacy play a role in your citizen or philanthropic efforts? If not, what holds you back? How does the role of government differ between Canada and the U.S.? Is it possible to replicate in the U.S. what the Maytree Foundation has accomplished? What are the advantages to a rational, "shoulder to the stone" approach versus ideology and sentiment? Contact Lucy Wolfe at email@example.com for more information about this event.