Friday, October 30, 2009

Chagora


If you're like me, the phrase "campaign donors" evokes images of a distant race of beings living in an alternate universe of $1,000-per-plate dinners, formalwear, and filthy backdoor influence.

Obama's highly Internet-connected campaign dented that image to a certain degree; he was fond of making reference to a kindly little old lady who sent him three dollars.

Granada Hills resident Tom Crowl wants to take the power of small donations even further: down to the 25-cent level. The theory is that when every citizen's resources are pooled, every citizen can have an impact -- no matter what their income level. Tom writes:

"The Chagora financial function is designed as one tool, I believe an essential one for addressing a problem in influence capability. It's a way to make giving them a piece of your mind an every day experience. Frequency of participation is essential to being part of a community!
But, more importantly, it's a part of a broader framework to address changes in approach necessary for civilization health and survival."

One can hardly help but be drawn in by Crowl's almost loopy passion for the concept, illustrated in a series of circumlocutory yet compelling YouTube videos. Here is one of the most succinct:



Read more at Tom's blog, or at his website, Chagora.com.








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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the good words! Yes, I guess I'm a little "loopy"... always looking at things just a little sideways.

    But we really need some of that occasionally. And I really do believe that Capability ENABLES Responsibility!

    Chagora is only a framework for a portal through which a myriad of interests can be organized and expressed.

    I have a little PowerPoint as well Fixing Big! which may help with the understanding of the practical implementation.

    As an inexperienced one-man-promo-guy I'm getting better I hope at focusing the concepts!

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