EmmettThe Pros and Cons of Consensus

By: Emmett Carson In: 2009 Annual Conference| Philanthropy

4 May 2009

Dr. Robert Franklin’s thoughtful and scholarly opening plenary address spoke of the need for the “generative leadership of transformed nonconformists.” He described this as people who want to improve our future world through creative, innovative thinking. Such leaders, Franklin suggested, do not strive for consensus. This struck me as in stark contrast to Steve Gunderson’s earlier statements that the Council would strive for consensus with Independent Sector and the Philanthropy Roundtable so that our sector speaks with one voice. I hope that Franklin’s call for doing what is right and moral will drive the Council’s partnership opportunities. Too often philanthropic partnerships have goals that are so watered down as to prevent the very nonconformist leadership that our country so desperately needs philanthropy to provide.

Emmett Carson is president of The Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

2 Responses to The Pros and Cons of Consensus

Albert Ruesga

May 4th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for pointing out the tension between getting along and moving ahead.

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May 14th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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