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Riley Spear
Posted 4 months ago
Combating global issues with small-scale NGOs that make a lasting difference
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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Riley Spear
Posted 5 months ago
Combating global issues with small-scale NGOs that make a lasting difference
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.
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Riley Spear
Posted 5 months ago
Combating global issues with small-scale NGOs that make a lasting difference
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.
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Riley Spear
Posted 5 months ago
Combating global issues with small-scale NGOs that make a lasting difference
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.