Collaboration creates prosperity
July 25, 2008
So far this is just a theory to me, (see title) but Lynne Twist in , ‘Soul of Money’ makes a very good case for it.
She sees money as simply another resource, not necessarily more important than enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work. All these are needed to realize projects, and money is just one of them.
She gave the example of some old Ethiopian women who wanted to run a teahouse on the side of a much used path. They had already built a round hut but needed teacups, saucers a kettle, etc. Some Western women with the Hunger Project were invited to a meeting of these women and volunteered financial support to be partners in this teahouse venture.
‘It was such a perfect collaboration, and I remember thinking that we were all just women putting in our piece of a larger picture to make something extraordinary and important happen. It was such a joyful, beautiful experience. We weren’t giving these ‘poor old women’ money. We were all collaborating in service of them and of everyone who walks on this path to the market- and our desire to make a difference. ….I call this ‘real’ investment and it creates no recipient’.
Later she says:
‘Philanthropy is not just for rich people who feel magnanimous, guilty or embarassed about having more than they need…
We have an opportunity now to retire traditional charity as we’ve known it, and in its place create partnerships in which a shared vision is realized through solidarity and the collaboration of know-how, hard work, and cash resources. This is the new philanthropy, contribution and service in collaboration. When you are in that space, that place, problems dissolve, miracles abound.’
I love it. When can I start?