A bit of buzz round the 'hood at the courage displayed by Ami Dar of Action without Borders in a post over on Omidyar.net.
That this post is viewed as courageous speaks more to the power imbalance in philanthropy than to individual character. The problem is that there aren't any feedback loops in the philanthropic system to shape institutional accountability. With all the possibilities of open source, web 2.0, community driven content, 'prosumers,' (blah blah blah) institutional philanthropy hasn't had to respond to any of it - the fact that there is now a 'conversation' underway in response to the post is as far as this goes.
Time Magazine may think YOU are the person of the year and big advertisers reveled in having YOU create a $12 ad for the $2million time slot they bought during yesterday's football game. Much of this looks to me like the old "Tom Sawyer gets you to whitewash the fence for him" trick.
Using new media to drive responsiveness, accountability, and public commitment to the improvement of institutions is going to be a lot harder than getting kids with cameras to create TV ads for free.