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Combating global issues with small-scale NGOs that make a lasting difference

The best way to share this idea is give an example of a success that came from it:

There were two NGOs that wanted to do work in Guatemala. The first had established connections and created a god relationship with key leaders and members of the society. As they put together hygiene kits, Christmas packages, etc. they found they were short on cash and couldn't get the supplies down there.

The second NGO was brand new and wanted to prove they way of water filtration was a great, sustainable model for communities without access to clean water. However, they didn't have the connections to different parts of the world to do so.

They two executives got together and planned a way where the first one would supply all the contacts and care packages while the second would deliver them.

As a result, the community in Guatemala received care packages and clean water due to the combined efforts of the two NGOs. Although the first wasn't able to hand-deliver the packages to the community they loved, their mission was fulfilled in assisting them.

Although the second NGO had to piggy-back off of another's connections, they were able to establish their first clean water project that is still running.

I think there is a hidden power behind networking as NGO's. Getting different organizations, who have a different way of helping the world, connected to each other is likely the most effective way to help the world.

I think that by employing a networking consultant/employee, a lot of organizations would be able to achieve a much larger impact in the communities they assist. They would be able to find other NGOs that have a different specialty, bring them in, and make a lasting change in many lives.

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    May 23 2014: I really like this idea, not only because it's a solution, but because it could provide a job(s), for people like me that would love to be the middle person. I am really good at finding parts and making a whole. Mainly, because the parts aren't whole, yet. So, I guess I'm trying to say, that just looking at a problem such as how to get supplies somewhere isn't nearly as interesting to me as finding missing pieces everywhere I look. If that makes sense.
    • May 23 2014: And that is exactly what this should do. It's easier to tackle big issues when we work together. Have you had a lot of experience in networking?
  • May 5 2014: As an employee you have constraints... but as an NGO who is on his own journey has no choice but to deliver. This creates a sense of security of there own position. Once the first mission is a success, the 2nd one automatically brings in profitable success. Good work gentlemen !! I have so many ideas..i guess few may be discovered some day.
    • May 5 2014: I would love to hear some more of your ideas.
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        May 20 2014: what are they, anything to do with food,water or energy are important. don't you agree?
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      May 20 2014: where would you go with ideas, I don't know myself.
      • May 20 2014: Ideas Like :-
        Food in the Airplanes / Trains / Restaurants / supermarkets - r wasted a lot.
        1) Airplanes / Train - All flights can simply pack it and give away the extra food rather than throwing away.
        2) Restaurants/ Supermarkets - They usual throw the left overs - which can be recooked and given.
        3) Tiffin system - Here is the below link...a solution to food waste...
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZC1czZofyY
        Share My Dabba - A small sticker trying to make a difference
        4) Food in the marriages / birthday parties / parties usually on an average 33% food is wasted.. y not use it !! All we need is food collector..
        Dedicate a number and Let people Dial this number and let them take away the food.
        Each time a person donates food he gets a star on his email online.
        10000 - stars gets him a free visa... something like that... u know...
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          May 21 2014: the waste could go towards bio-fuel instead of going to landfill
  • May 5 2014: I wish I could thumbs-up this multiple times. THIS is exactly the best way to fix our problems. Governments only make things worse. Massive "projects" always screw up. But positive networking, where small-scale groups get together to share strengths, it fixes things.
    • May 5 2014: Thank you Bryan. I am trying to get like minded people together so we can truly tap into this idea. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on this.
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    Jun 4 2014: This would work as long as there are sincere minds behind it. Non-profit organisations and multinationals both profess to have the interest of the community/customers at heart. Both would need money for their projects, but one is set up to make profit while the other is not so particular about making profit.

    When many NGOs network, there are issues. Who are the brains behind these 'mixed multitude'? What is their goal? Where do they get their funding? Whose interests are they really pursuing?

    These are issues that arise when a great idea on paper is brought into the real world.
    • Jun 4 2014: You are completely correct. I have had the opportunity to network with many nonprofits simply because I study them. As I have put together the network, I have had many organizations that have been less than courteous, frustratingly disinterested, or blatantly insulting. I understand that not all NGO's will work together.

      However, I also believe that the future of the NGO sphere lies with those that work together.

      In addressing the question of profits in a nonprofit organization, I refer you to this TED talk to illustrate my personal philosophy on the matter-http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong

      As for questioning the brains of the 'mixed multitude,' you address a baser question, one I would like to re-frame. What is the goal of any nonprofit? Where do they get their funding? Whose interests are they really pursing? If we trust any nonprofit, we acknowledge there are altruistic people out there. If we trust no nonprofit, then we have no reason to trust any networking entity. The question if of trust.

      If there are accurate, reliable reports from these nonprofits, we have a better understanding of how they work and why we should trust them. Yes this involves seeing the bad and the good. But if there is no bad reported, then we can likely assume that it is not reliable.

      http://www.ted.com/talks/david_damberger_what_happens_when_an_ngo_admits_failure

      Humility will always be the key to any one organization (or person, if I may so propose).
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    May 23 2014: I'm not sure, I talk to everyone, and I know a lot of people from all walks of life. I am currently in school, even tho I'm probably the oldest person in the class, I continue to learn and go forward. This subject is one that we've been studying all quarter. We talked about capitalism yesterday and how that perpetuated and continues the imbalance the US has about food. I tend to agree with the idea, that food should be a right. As in the town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. How about you? Do you live in the US?
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    May 20 2014: energy, water & food can come from a single source if people are educated and willing to build.
  • May 10 2014: Idea has to be simple in its definition, its execution.

    If it gets complex, it need big organization due to figuring out logistics.

    Couple of ideas I had seen in India were working in small villages are impossible as villages get bigger.

    (1) In the evening hungry people's reps will go through different part of village and announce themselves, "Hey any one want to donate food". Some people save some for them, some when they cannot use food that will not be good next day in Indian heat and would like it to be useful. Then all the hungry people will share what they collected. It worked well. This is cooked food ready to eat.

    (2) Small villages were running out of fire wood. Some one started growing fire wood trees on the public land. Volunteers will water it when needed. This will keep on rotating and people will have fire wood. With growth this has disappeared. Now public land is controlled by local Government that has popped up in every sector of life at every level. Public resources that were free are gone.

    In USA restaurant throws away all food once a week. These are food that are cooked every week and not spot cooking. A church can collect and invite hungry people to eat. Life Line mission does to some extent. Bu they limit to ends of bread and other dry foods. Some church have once a week meal programs for homeless and hungry.
    • May 10 2014: Keeping it simple is a big part of networking. It allows organizations to specialize in their particular area such as clean water, providing shelter, or education. By focusing on a specific program they can make is a long lasting solution. By networking, they can help bring in more than their specific program.

      I understand population size is an issue when implementing certain programs, but I'm not trying to advocate for any particular program. The point of the post is to encourage NGO's of all sizes to network and help each other. The experiences you have had will help some NGO's fix their program model in different areas, but you would first have to network with them.

      The simplest definition of this idea therefore is: NGO's that network will be able to bring specialized, but extensive care to communities that need it.
      • May 15 2014: There will always be those who are blind cultists of government. Their opinion is that if a small private group can't build the Hoover Dam, then a small private group should not be permitted to do anything.
        • May 17 2014: A little off topic yes, but I understand where you're coming from. I feel that since the issue was brought up, I would like to give my 2 cents on the matter.

          My view with governments anywhere and everywhere concerning this is there are always ways to work with or around them. I for one am not going to let governments dictate my humanitarian potential.
  • May 6 2014: Proposing the idea to the private sector is not a bad idea, and there are a lot of possibilites. However, I personally want to focus on combining the efforts of NGO's that currently exist in order to verify that there can be a successful combined effort in the NGO sector.

    I do recommend you continue looking into partnering with private companies in order to further the efforts of NGO's, and I wish you luck in it.
  • May 5 2014: Thanks..
    Trust me :- when i see Africa...i feel bad. The Aeroplanes landing in Africa...do have left over foods which they will throw anyway. The amount of wastage is unbelievable. If we some how sign a pact that at no circumstances we will sue them for any food poisoning..and at this agreement if we get the extra food on the flight and we just somehow recook it in a way and give it to the needy. It will solve atleast certain percentage of food problems.
    The only investment is the logistics. what do you say ?