Enter vociferous Hollywood movie star who rallies the masses, and goads Western governments to collect and send 100,000 mosquito nets to the afflicted region, at a cost of a million dollars. The nets arrive, the nets are distributed, and the ‘good deed’ is done.
With the market flooded with foreign nets, however, our mosquito net maker is promptly put out of business. His ten workers can no longer support their 150 dependents (who are now forced to depend on handouts), and one mustn’t forget that in a maximum of five years the majority of the imported nets will be torn, damaged and of no further use."
A reminder to take a long term view to problems. And always one that promotes development, not dependency.
Chimamanda Adichie: “The danger of a single story”
I love, love, love this speech. Everything in it applies to everyone in some way, regardless of race, nationality, religion, etc. I’m sure we can all come up with instances where we assumed that a certain group of people were one way based on “a single story” we’d been told, and were surprised to discover that that group is more diverse than we thought and more similar to us than we thought.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes in not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” -Chimamanda Adichie
Please watch and enjoy! :-)
I’ve had this bookmarked for ages, and seen several people refer to it, so I finally sat down and watched it. It is utterly brilliant.
sarah silverman finally has a valid point
This really is true though. The best thing about this is Whoopie. P.S. If Whoopie had said this she’s probably be fired. okaybye,
“An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)”via Occupy Sweden
- US Government: So we heard you needed our help?
- Africa/The Middle East: No, we're fine.
- US Government: No, we really think you need our help.
- Africa/The Middle East: Fuck off, we're fine!
- US Government: Ah, they're hostile! They hate our way of life! We have to stop them!
- Africa/The Middle East: EVERYTHING WAS FINE UNTIL YOU GOT INVOLVED WHERE YOU'RE NOT WANTED.
- US Government: TERRORISTS! THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL ALL OF US! WE NEED TO INVADE!
This is the kind of paragraph that might make you want to shut this book and, ideally, forget about this whole business of world poverty. The problem seems too big, too intractable. Our goal with this book is to persuade you not to."
PLASTIC BOTTLES: 20 TIMES STRONGER THAN BRICKS
Life in Africa has many challenges: from disease to poverty and war. The continent also has a reputation for extreme difficulties that are fixable, but a lack of resources often prevents the problems from being solved.This is where resourcefulness comes into play: if you don’t have what you need make do with what you already have. A surplus of empty plastic bottles is something that not only affects Africa, but the entire planet. (Read More)