Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Well, at least they like the name

The Synergos Institute and the World Economics Forum put out a newsletter, Global Giving Matters, which can be accessed here. In the December 2006 – January 2007 Issue (Issue #28) the newsletter includes this short story:

What’s in a name: Philanthropy 2173
Lucy Bernholz, [President of Blueprint Research & Design, Inc and] a consultant to foundations, writes Philanthropy 2173 (online at philanthropy.blogspot.com), a blog cited in Fast Company magazine’s December 2006 “Best Blog” column. The name of the blog was inspired by Woody Allen’s movie, Sleeper, which takes place in the year 2173.

“Among other things, Sleeper helps us realize that so much of what we think is true may not be,” Bernholz explains on the site. “Talking about the future – and making philanthropic investments – requires that we keep a sense of modesty and humor about what we are doing. Philanthropy is for the long-term – for the year 2173.”
Well, thanks for the link. I appreciate your note because it included neither of the two most common reactions I get from what must be the incredibly young readers of this blog. Those reactions are either "Sleeper? Never heard of it" or "Woody Allen. He's that old guy from New York, right?

Besides my "too-clever-by-half" title, is there anything else you'd like to add?

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