Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need your help. But send money, not your hand-me-downs.
As a professional in the field of international aid and development I feel compelled to share some thoughts on the recent Philippines disaster.
There are several schools of thought when it comes to helping out. Some would argue that sending money outright to any developing country will merely be siphoned off by corrupt government officials or worse groups that would do harm to the local population or ourselves. Alternatively others aren’t so certain about which organization they can donate money to with any degree of fidelity lest it be spent on costly over heard or again be used inappropriately and simply wasted.
Slate magazine recently published an article which speaks to some of these concerns and the financial aid dilemma when it comes to assisting neighbors overseas.
Here’s what they have to say:
“Americans are exceptionally generous in the wake of an emergency. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Americans donated more than $1.4 billion to relief and recovery efforts; they donated $1.6 billion after the 2004 South Asian tsunami. But often these very humane instincts—to help people after a massive disaster—result in inappropriate donations that can actually do much more harm than good.
“Dumping” goods into areas of need also puts local vendors out of business at a time when they need their businesses to recover most. Your son’s old Nikes may put a smile on the face of a child for an instant, but you’ve now undermined his father who sells shoes in the local market, and who is trying to regain his livelihood to help put that same child through school.”
The Conversation is Key.
Except from Gary Kilmer:
What is the primary way we human beings communicate our needs, experiences, preferences, hopes, fears, problems and solutions? It is through conversation — talking with each other. All of the modern technical marvels (email, tweets, blogs and all their kin) only facilitate that conversation. They do not replace it.
In this blog post I will relate my own experiences in using “the conversation” as a development tool in field projects in several countries.
Who Is Jack the Cat?.
A great web resource that helps to leverage the pet owner community and raise awareness for pet safety when traveling by airlines.
Over the past 10 years, we have implemented 26 health projects around the world. The result? We have helped over 8.2 million mothers and 54.6 million children access better health care facilities #APHA13
Veterans Are Being Told: ‘We Don’t Hire Your Kind’
While the general public is being informed that Company X will commit to hiring some random number of veterans, veterans are facing a sobering reality and are being told by hiring managers that we aren’t a right fit, or in Melissa’s case, “We don’t hire your kind”.
I think what Melissa W. illustrates is not just her own plight, but all of our doubts on how the civilian world treats veterans when on the job hunt.
Yes, we understand that you’re grateful for our service, but at the end of the day, we need work too. Show us that you appreciate our service, don’t just tell us.
Read the latest blog from Mr. Faisal on what entrepreneurs can learn from comic books and superheroes!
I wonder if you could consider an interpretation for Lex Luthor. What did he do for Metropolis? How does a human being develop or galvanize his office in nearly the same way Bruce does to leverage technology to defeat and unbeatable foe? What innovations or discoveries would business like that develop or create along the way? I think when looking at Blue Beetle, Bruce, Lex, Tony Stark you’re looking at how they leveraged technology in unconventional ways. This isn’t much different from what Richard Branson does with Virgin. Virgin is also does not have a public offering on the NASDAQ. Also interesting.
When considering HR templates:
– Lex might consider the best and the brightest as well as the most centrally focused on *vision*.
– Bruce’s area might be diversified talents as you pointed out above.
Development Cowboy by G. Kilmer
Lessons Learned by a Career Field Guy