Investigating “micro public good”: A public welfare revolution from below
Beijing Times 京华时报, January 29, 2013
Renmin University’s NGO Research Institute recently published the “Chinese Third Sector Report (2013),” which explores the nature of “micro public good” or public interest work carried out through new media resources, and its relationship with traditional public welfare institutions. The report classifies “micro public good” within three subdivisions– individual action, collective action, and societal action, and evaluates their various advantages and disadvantages. Despite the popularity of “micro public good” in recent years, the report also says that according to an online survey, the public expressed concerns about transparency and project implementation. While “micro public good” is often viewed as a competitor to government or traditional forms of public interest work, those engaging in this work expressed a desire to collaborate with government and other institutions in the future.