By Henry Berman, ASF
Last week I was chatting with a group of ASF supporters about some of the new (to ASF) media we were using. In the course of the discussion I noted that ASF certainly wasn’t the first group to use a blog or Twitter or other forms of so-called new or social media. Yet I was able to proudly point out that as in everything we do, we’ve been thoughtful and intentional about introducing technology. Our goal is not to simply “have a blog” or amass a large number of tweets. Rather, as I pointed out in my PhilanthroFiles inaugural post:
One of our hopes is that this blog space will be a catalyst for thinking and a welcoming place for sharing. Some of the posts will no doubt be controversial. Others will report successful grant making and foundation experiences that might benefit all and still others will be stories that can inspire. We won’t always agree with one another, and that’s just fine. What is important is that we engage in a civil discourse that will help all of us to grow.
We’ve been at this for just two months. We know we have a lot more people reading than leaving comments. That’s fine – I encourage you to keep reading. Keep in mind however, that ASF’s greatest strength is you, our members and readers. Your knowledge, experience and opinions are valuable. Share them.
Bill Gates noted, “At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top. I’m afraid that’s not quite right.” The same is true here. YOU have the good ideas. Share them!
To contribute a post to PhilanthroFiles, contact ASF’s Manager of Online Communications Christa Carignan.
Henry Berman became ASF’s CEO in 2011, previously serving as acting CEO, board member, and committee member. Through his experience as a foundation co-trustee and ASF member since 2003, he brings a firsthand understanding of the needs of ASF members to his role. Berman’s early career included positions as an independent communications consultant and director, writer, and producer of film, video, and multimedia programs for education, motivation, and fundraising.