posted on Dec, 4 2013 @ 06:15 PM
Among the other sites listed, I also wanted to add www.kiva.org...
Its a little different than some of the others, but it shows a bit of the
variety of where things are headed.
It seems that some are realizing opportunity in this type of arena.
Overall, I think working locally allows for benefits to be seen more quickly, and in turn generate more flow of resources. But, it is still a
One of the issues is that we have middlemen standing between a direct transfer of funds/resources from one individual to another. Some of the "new"
middlemen, like the sites listed, have significantly less overhead than an entire organization that does the same. This can equate to a more direct
transfer with less resources expended in the process.
Individuals in this world give significant
sums of money to help others in need. However, the organizations that distribute this are not only
inefficient in many ways, but also prone to corruption.
I think a great solution for a lot of areas of the world would be to provide the tools necessary to educate themselves, and start building their own
community. Things like consistent access to the internet can actually be very cost effective, while providing a direct means of knowledge transfer.
As educational systems start to have more of an online presence, it can even provide educational needs for someone in New York the exact same as
someone in Darfur. Thats a double edge sword depending on intent (indoctrination or education), but that stands for every technology or process that
can enable and help people to become independent and self-sufficient.
By empowering individuals, you also strengthen the fabric of a society. And by directly giving to those in need, without overhead operating costs,
the more effective our given money will be. To make it even more effective, you can also focus on giving resources that can be used to sustain
self-sufficiency and the knowledge to use it.