Here are my two sound bites on this nugget:
"The more global the problem the more local the problem solving."
Or, if you prefer,
"The bigger the problem, the smaller the problem solving needs to be."
Philanthropists, development experts, social investors and entrepreneurs give local stakeholders rhetorical due, but the focus on replication and scale pretty quickly quashes their real support for local expertise. Finding ways to foster global connectivity and let small, local solutions take hold is the real challenge. This is the same challenge I wrote about in my essay on Open Philanthropy in The World We Want - from which I still owe blog readers the last three of my seven building blocks for open philanthropy. The full list of seven:
1. Facilitate adaptation, don’t hinder it
2. Design for interoperability, local specificity will follow
3. Build for the poorest
4. Assume upward adaptability
5. Creativity and control will happen locally
6. Diversity is essential
7. Complex problems require hybrid solutions
And the earlier posts describing numbers one and two and three and four.