Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation were all founded between 1915 and 1920. I usually refer to organizations this old as “dinosaurs” due to the incredible inertia that comes from being so big and being around for so many decades. I am really impressed with my colleagues at the FOR. They are really open to innovation and change. In my first week on the job, we began a blog and secured a space in Second Life!
I won’t have time to do much in SL this week because I will be traveling with about a half-dozen FOR colleagues to the US Social Forum. You can follow our exploits by way of our new blog: http://FORpeace.net !
If you want to see more dinosaurs evolving into full-fledged 21st century organizations, please support this effort by commenting on the blog, linking to us, or even giving money through our Change widget (right). Next on tap: social networking, RSS feeds, a whole new web site, and about a dozen internal improvements to get us really cooking with gas. It’s going to be a busy year. 🙂
Here’s an excerpt from my welcome to the new blog:
This week we will be blogging about the U.S. Social Forum, which many of us are attending in Atlanta. But if you stay tuned to this site in the coming weeks and months, you may also hear first-hand stories from other FOR projects such as delegations to Iran, Colombia, and Israel/Palestine; youth peacemaker trainings; faith groups organizing in their local communities; young people resisting violence; and demonstrations for peace across the country.
Please support this nascent online effort by commenting here and linking to forpeace.net from your own site. Feedback and suggestions are very welcome.
– Welcome | FORpeace