Rob Paterson writes:
Can it be a coincidence that some of the people that I respect the most in Public Radio have independently come to the same conclusion about the need to offer their communities a "Hosted Trusted Space" as do the new leaders of the Commons Movement? What does it mean when spontaneously and independently people move to the same idea? ¶ Here are two examples in Chicago and in Cleveland. ¶ In early July, WBEZ in Chicago announced that they would make a decisive shift to local engagement. Earlier this year, Tory Malatia had foretold of this shift when I interviewed him in the New Realities process. One of the questions I asked Torey then was, "What is your mission?".
What it has always been - our job is to build a better community. ¶ Chicago is an enormous city with many good things but with also many problems. Our hope is that if we can help more and more people get engaged with others here and how we all live, that we will make a difference. I hope that we can offer some simple kind of place in people's personal lives.
In this context then, the issue is not only to be an effective radio station but also to be a moderator of community. ¶ Here now is Kit Jensen of Ideastream in Cleveland - notice anything familiar? ...
Link: Robert Paterson's Weblog. This is the third really important post of Rob's that I've used in 24 hours, so if you're a public broadcaster and aren't reading his weblog directly, you're missing out. --Dennis