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I am afraid I don't have a lot of time to write this post however I just had to post this thought.

We have so many different organizations and so many different places that they service in terms of relief and aid. Noble causes all and I would not dare to try and compare them as my knowledge is not that vast by any length.

I worry however. The old proverb, "the dog that chases two hares loses both," rings in my mind. My focus for this post is in regards to nations that are very hesitant to change because of distrust in outside influences. These areas present two large issues, first the need for relief and aid, and second the distrust other cultures. It seems obvious to name these two issues but I think it important to realize that these are separate issues not one altogether.

I believe the only way to solve these issues is to first find a people who need relief and which are more open to outside help then perhaps others in their greater community. This may be a six one, half-dozen another, decision but nonetheless the path of least resistance is necessary for the following strategy.

After this situation has been identified there needs to be a heavy and concentrated effort to invest in this community. It may seem cold and unfair to focus heavily on one community rather than others but my theory is that an investment in a domino effect would play great dividends. Success in "Community 0" would bring legitimacy to the mission of the relieving organizations and that legitimacy would be the best selling point that we can have.

Why should any community buy what we are selling if the product is not proven. This is a large term plan that would require the focus of resources on a small area. Then once this area has been resuscitated, the organizations would move to the next community slowly working their way outward and not leaving a site until success was truly gained. If the organization were to leave to the "Community 2" and while working, "Community 0" failed then the legitimacy would be lost.

The overwhelming point is that in our rush to help let us make sure to take the time and be effective because short term solutions instituted for the sake of time, will in the end be a failed endeavor that wasted resources and hurt the building of trust in the local community.


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Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 8, 2010 at 3:24am
Well written blog :-) You have a beautiful vision. How would you prioritize who gets help first? how would you deal with countries or ares that feel they are being "left for last"?
Comment by Marcus Tracy on March 8, 2010 at 12:30pm
Deborah you very quickly picked up on the hardest part of this deal.

I am vastly under-qualified to make these decisions. I believe there would have to be a group of professionals that would have to rank communities based on a number of factors relating to their potential for success. This means looking at environmental, social, and economic factors but just as importantly the willingness to collaborate. The real key here is to get a community that is willing to trust you enough to work with you. Then to the surrounding communities you aren't a stranger you become more of a friend of a friend (or at a least a friend of a neighbor).

As far as the left for last, the hard truth is someone is going to be last. But I feel that is true anyway, despite the attempts of many good organizations across the globe. My hope is that as projects move outward from "Community 0" that the communities that are left after success become capable of helping each other so that the organizations can continue onto new communities. It is a tough pill to swallow, in accepting that someone will be last but hopefully we can make their wait worthwhile with long lasting friendship and change upon our arrival.
Comment by Marcus Tracy on March 15, 2010 at 4:51pm
Thanks Murray, I often forget to PV my own stuff. I am happy to see the value and I sometimes get worried that the real value is missed by many who are busy asking for votes. I want people to read my stuff, but want I want more than PVs are feedback like from you and Deborah. That is the real value.


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