A new place for conversation

Here at Gather.com (advertsied as MySpace for grownups)* is a conversation on philanthropy. Might we actually foster a discussion that crosses political opinions, old versus new philanthropy, venture versus traditional, social entrepreneurship versus charity? Or will all the new online tools and discussions (blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networking sites) break down along the same old useless lines that separate us in our "first life."**

*Which forces us to ask, do "grownups" need a myspace?

** SecondLife, an incredibly popular online universe, uses the term "first life" to refer to the place where living, breathing humans live, work, and play. Earth, in other words.

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