World War Two on Facebook; global trends quiz; hating meetings; and powerpoint; billionaires and diseases; bad aid and T shirts; Greek lessons; the worlds' worst immigration laws

World War Two according to Facebook  [h/t Matt Griffith] A Foreign Policy quiz on global trends (I bombed) An enjoyable tirade against the bane of NGO life – meetings Hypnotizing chickens with powerpoint [h/t Chris Roche] In the light of Bill Gates’ semi-conversion in the Wall Street Journal, the Aid Thoughts blog wonders why philanthropists want to eliminate diseases rather than fund health systems A mind-blowingly naff (and possibly self-serving) campaign to send a million used T shirts to Africans gets beaten up on the excellent ‘Blood and Milk’ blog (among others). Owen Barder heroically tries to extract something useful from the bunfight, wondering if trial-by-blog could be a model for ‘wisdom of crowds’ scrutiny of other new aid ideas ‘All this is exactly what the euro-skeptics feared. Giving up the ability to adjust exchange rates, they warned, would invite future crises. And it has.’ Paul Krugman takes the long view on the lessons of the Greek meltdownaustralia migration Move over Arizona, as Foreign Policy picks the world’s worst immigration laws – step forward Switzerland, Australia and a few others]]>

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3 Responses to “World War Two on Facebook; global trends quiz; hating meetings; and powerpoint; billionaires and diseases; bad aid and T shirts; Greek lessons; the worlds' worst immigration laws”
  1. Frannz Wong

    Article on meetings reminds me of an email just received from a friend: “Top Ten Reasons You Know You’re Working at an Aid Organization Headquarters” apparently according to David Letterman (2008?), The Late Show on CBS. Not so funny as scary; as we that obvious?
    1. You just had a pre-meeting to discuss your strategy planning session for
    the new initiative to reduce poverty by increasing access to safe
    water/credit/food/health care through fair and equitable distribution to
    those with the right to said good or service through engagement with duty
    bearers in the government and other stakeholders and civil society
    2. You just slammed your head into your keyboard after spending
    the last 20 minutes trying to get your Skype conference call between Port
    au Prince, West Bank/Gaza, Delhi, Nairobi and New York to work only to fail
    3. You realize that you can no longer squeeze into your cubicle past that
    cool hand-woven cloth from Mali, the wooden mask from Congo, the elephant
    figurine from Thailand and the rug from Afghanistan.
    4. You just completed an annual report to your donor explaining that you’re
    very sorry that you only managed to accomplish 2 of your 14 objectives due
    to sudden onset of war, drought or an invasion of futuristic nano-robots.
    5. You just finished explaining to the donor that you are likely to need a
    two-year extension and an extra $200,000 to hire an independent consulting
    company to come up with a plan to fight off the nano-robots, carry out said
    plan and then finish up the original activities.
    6. You realize that you just used cheers, karibu, Insh’Allah or namaste in
    casual conversation despite the fact that you are neither English, Kenyan,
    Arab or Indian.
    7. You realize that your favorite and most frequented cafe is located in
    Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Or Singapore
    8. You just finished depressing a volunteer caller from the Red Cross for
    the 12th time this year who reluctantly agreed that you are not eligible to
    donate blood because you just got back from .
    9. You’re pumped with antibiotics more frequently than a cow in a
    concentrated feeding operation.
    10. You tell yourself it’s not failure if you turn it into a
    “lessons-learned document”.

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