Ringleaders versus Rainmakers

“Is he like their ringleader?” Valerie asked.

“More like their rainmaker.” Sky replied at the communities conference meeting, which sparked a whole conversation about organizing models in the progressive/radical movement.

rainmaker rural

The ringleader is running their own gang.  Oft charismatic, this person offers a vision or at least a direction and strongly shapes the role of other gang/tribe members.  There is a sense that elevating the ring leader and their agenda will strengthen your whole house and that often deferring to their wisdom in terms of action will advance the members beyond where they would be outside of the collective.

rainmaker native pouring water image

Rainmakers are resource people and networkers.  They need not be charismatic nor have leadership skills, they need to  know how to fix and manifest things.  They probably don’t know how to get electricity from the nearby light poll hooked up to the recently occupied squat, but they know the person who can do it and they know how to get her to come over soon, so we can stop using these candles before we burnt the whole place down by accident.


It was a good day yesterday.  Inspiring conversation with BB and Rob Jones and Ali.  And also this personal clarification of roles, that i am more the guy who manifests stuff than the charismatic leader.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

2 responses to “Ringleaders versus Rainmakers”

  1. cardin seabrook says :

    i think you qualify as both

  2. richard w. lisko says :

    In Tallahassee I played a song at a cafe called “there is a drop” and just as I began playing a drop fell from the sky. By the time the song was finished I was playing in a down pour. The music never stopped ’til the song was finished. Here in NOLA as I wander about with my winter layers i get the sense that it is my fault from others that I brought the cold weather and lightening storms that are not the expected weather patterns. If you’re the rainmaker I’ll be the storm rider. Even my dreams have been filled with black tornados. Wishful thinking maybe?

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