I wrote about the perils of centralized authority and control for an NGO in my other blog. While decentraliztion is messy and full of reduncacies, it´s also more flexible and responsive to local needs. Centralization can also be exclusionary, as can decentralization. The happy medium is hard to achieve.

Update: I have been thinking about this topic even more as I am becoming more involved with ALA.  As a new member, and a participant in the EL World Cafe, I kept hearing over and over from younger members that they wanted it to be easier to join, that it seems the large ALA organization is this huge organization with redundancies galore.  But are those redundancies necessarily a bad thing?  One one hand, you could argue is it a responsible use of member’s funds and for getting anything done, but on the other, it might make it easier for people to join.