Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Time!

"It's Time," The Economist, November 1, 2008

In Nonprofit Leadership I devoted a chapter to "time," not just as an obstacle but as a friend and teacher.

"It's Time" refers, of course, to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. "It's Time" does not simply express our exhaustion with an 18-month campaign. It captures the sweep of history in electing the first African American president and the absolute need for a new form and direction of national and international leadership for 2009 and beyond.

"It's Time" reminds me of Miles Horton's advice for activists to "burn like an ember," not flame out all at once.

"..Mr Obama will make mistakes; but this is a man who listens, learns and manages well."

Time is about the past as well. For me, the untimely death of Mayor Harold Washington ended a promising era of municipal reform. Yet this same era birthed Barack Obama and the unlikely coalition that emerged in Chicago (and then across the nation) among many kinds of political actors. It's Time!

No comments: