cellio at pobox.com
Tue Feb 7 20:50:54 EST 2012
This is not about the settlement, though it's prompted by it.
I couldn't help noticing the large amounts of kingdom and local money
being talked about. AEthelmearc has $38,000 on hand, and last night I
read that the East Kingdom will be paying its $95,000 directly without
collecting from local groups. I've heard some local figures that
surprised me too.
My question: why are we all sitting on so much money? Why aren't we
spending more of it in furtherance of the goals of our society? I
understand that we all need a rainy-day buffer -- the protection against
two feet of snow wiping out 12th night or the like. And I understand that
a group might need to build up a reserve in order to bid on, or run, a
big expensive event (known world whatever, or any event at an expensive
site). But might there be a better way to cover short-term risks? Does
every group need to cover worst-case times two, or could we manage this
risk better by working together?
Why do we fund-raise to build up more, more, more, when it seems like we
don't really need to?
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