Literally all over the world, civil society — and the non-profit / non-governmental organizations that serve it — works intensively, 24x7x365. The broad mission is easy to state: Do Good, Better.
The sweep of the work is staggering: to provide the means, skills and commitment that people need to cultivate their own security, freedom, quality of life, and creativity, all too often against daunting odds.
Of course there is the omnipresence of resource-provider institutions ranging from private sector competition to public sector services. But in a staggering number of situations there are factors including geography, age, value systems, and others that mean people don’t get enough of what they need when having it would matter the most.
In July, notably right before both politics and Wall Street simultaneously achieved complete escape velocity, I was able to begin working with TechSoup Global – a unique organization making it possible for modern information technology to be accessible to NPOs and NGOs virtually everywhere. TechSoup Global creates working partnerships that provide for technology companies to confidently identify NGOs and NPOs, and support them — with donated or discounted technology and the means for them to understand it, deploy it and even create it.
For those organizations at either side of the relationship, the key characteristics of the current millennium obviously (and globally) include:
- a dazzling rate of change,
- a pronounced challenge in converting cross-cultural complexity into agility,
- and the paradox of intentionally increasing mobility while trying to make location-specific problems into beneficial opportunity for resident citizens.
TechSoup Global is fiercely dedicated to making these issues manageable and to make that manageability an outcome of self-empowered constituencies.
Beginning late December, I am extremely proud to commit to TechSoup full time as a member of its staff’s strategy, design and change teams for TechSoup’s own technology, used to develop the relationships and provisioning that empowers validated NPOs and NGOs in well over 120 countries around the world. In this new role, I will be pursuing some of what I think and hope will be among the most important work I have ever done, at an enormously critical point in time for both US and non-US societies.