Why am I an Instigator?

I’ve been intrigued with the power that social networking can have ever since I ran an information store on South Street here in Philly in 1970. My interest began when I first heard about a marvelous publication known as the Whole Earth Catalog. That was in 1969 the same year I went to Woodstock and to my very first Philly Folk Festival. The title of the Catalog created an image in my mind that humanity needs a whole earth catalog of people.

My store was called Everything for Everybody after a small operation in New York created by Jack Scully. Scully was an ultimate visionary. As a Catholic Worker type (I’m still not sure he was actually a Worker) he apparently could see that the needs of the poor and the needs of the wealthy when matched to each other can connect to create what we now call social capital: real wealth generated by human resources applied to benefit people from all walks of life.

This site is my most recent effort to instigate a network of hundreds, or thousands of people right here in Philadelphia, who are both willing and able to listen to their neighbors and help them to serve each other in appropriate ways while safeguarding everyone’s privacy.

Join me, and join the network of connectors as we build a more sustainable social economy here in our great city.

Stanley R. Pokras, The Instigator

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