I had a chance last week to hear from two Egyptian political activists and social sector leaders. They were talking about the need to build a whole new civil society regulatory structure in their country. I think we're all going to be building new civil society laws in the next decade.
After years of thinking about it, I can now answer this question "Why does technology matter to philanthropy?" in one bumper sticker response (very tweetable!):
I think the most influential result of disruptive technologies and new enterprises/impact investing will be the new rules they require us to consider and implement. This is why tax differences between Amazon and Target matter - the principle of tax privilege and changing rules is the same for new and old enterprises producing social goods.
That's my big thought for this Friday.
*When I understood better what Jaron Lanier is talking about regarding the deep coded decisions and values in many of our most consumed technologies, I'll probably change my mind on this.