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Meanwhile as the Tracks on Tracks train rolls across Canada, Uncle Weed checks in with Cody who is using his fine handwriting to send to send postcards to supporters. Then UW comes across the folks from UK Newspaper for some scrabble and style banter. Then a long walk through the train takes you to Topless Gaylove Teckno Party in full groove in a packed activity car singing their eponymous song to packed rail car.
+++ Postcards for Nepal +++
Help #Nepal (again) Today + Tell the World = I’ll send you an art postcard.
One. Do something to help Nepal relief between today and May 25
Two. Tell about your actions in comments
Three. I’ll send you a handmade postcard to say “right on”
Keep spreading awareness and help how you can through skills, money, or sending happiness. But don’t forget Nepal. Ideas to help are welcome.
++ It’s bad business not to donate to Nepal – via @wapost http://owl.li/Nping
Nepalese earthquake survivors line up during a food distribution in Kathmandu, Nepal,
The loss of life from the recent earthquakes in Nepal is approaching the scale of the earthquake that devastated Japan in 2011, where more than 20,000 perished. Major companies can and should be at the forefront of disaster relief there, but so far they have been slow to respond.
In relative terms, Nepal has been hit very hard. Japan lost one inhabitant for every 10,000 residents; Nepal, has lost one for every 3,000. The cost to Japan came to about 6 percent of its GDP; the cost to Nepal may be close to 50 percent of its GDP.
Yet Nepal has received far less business aid. In the aftermath of the Japanese disaster, firms around the world rushed in with cash and goods, providing more than half of the total international aid for Japan’s relief. But the corporate flow into Nepal has been barely a trickle. During the first several days after the earthquake, business aid arrived at a rate of $5,000 an hour. Compare that to Japan’s earthquake, when it was $150,000 per hour.
The disparity reflects an uncomfortable truth: Corporate contributions tend to go to countries that are already the most, rather than the least, prepared to dig themselves out. When the World Economic Forum rated countries by their readiness to come back from great shocks, Japan ranked near the top, Nepal near the bottom.
It makes sense that corporations act to cushion their own economic shocks from natural disasters by directing relief to countries where they have the greatest stake. Tracking international relief by the 2,000 largest multinational enterprises, we find that their donations closely followed their country operations.
The far greater business assistance to Chile than Haiti, after both countries experienced massive earthquakes at about the same time, had much to do with the fact that 37 percent of these firms operated in Chile but only 8 percent in Haiti. Companies like Wal-Mart, American Airlines, and the mining company Anglo American already had a strong presence in Chile and donated millions of dollars to its relief.
Now we see this same disparity in Nepal. Just 15 companies – fewer than 1 percent of the world’s 2,000 largest multinational firms – operated in Nepal when the first earthquake hit. So it is unfortunately no surprise that little business assistance has been flowing into Nepal, even though the country’s needs have never been greater. By one estimate, of the $550 million in outside aid to Nepal to date, corporations have contributed just $28 million.
The limited business assistance to Nepal reflects the limited company footprint there at the moment, but that absence will likely constitute a big strategic mistake for the future.
Though still one of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal and its 28 million residents will one day become an attractive market for many multinational enterprises. Today’s distressed residents of Nepal will long recollect the corporate brands that stepped forward in their moment of peril. Though business giving may seem un-strategic at the moment, that’s not only an uncompassionate way to think, it’s tactically shortsighted.
The U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck gave out Streptomycin for free to post-war Japan when it was ravaged by tuberculosis. Today, Merck has become one of the leading U.S. drug companies doing business in Japan.
During the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, American companies like medical and dental supplier Henry Schein and aluminum maker Alcoa came forward with materials and staffing. The immediate return on their investments will likely be nil, but that commitment will be long recalled in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Business giving when it seems least strategic in the moment will be the most strategic for the long term. With Nepal already devastated by the first earthquake and new aftershocks adding to the disaster, now is both an important time and a smart time for companies to step up the flow.
The Crazy Canucks – TCC#42 – Special Report: DaveO on the 2007 Super Series – a bit stale now but John added some beats while make my historical spiel worth a listen if you weren’t paying attention see also: TCC#49 – It’s still early in the season
Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Part second to last of the White Poppies for Remembrance series with an essay about why not to wear a poppy (respect by avoiding war) and some more hand-selected tunes paired like a pinot noir and gorgonzola – Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48
Raincity Radio – i’ve resurrected an old series, previously shepherded by Mark Yuasa, Robert scales, Megan Cole and others .. so far busted out a healthy batch about web community building in Vancouver and elsewhere with guests including Jordan Behan, Marc Laporte, Boris Mann, Robert, Francis, Erik, Mark, etc.
Dopecast95: LIVE from Vancouver and Seattle!
My UK counterpart came to visit and we talked and toked and recorded it all for your listening pleasure. I offer half-asses analysis about the urban mileiu of Vancouver, forests, transportation, planning, politics, weed …
Canucks Outsider – third season is three episodes in with Shifting into Gear, Sorta – Canucks Outsider #58
Noteworthy – my personal podfather, Cosmo Goodbud Spacely of Clubside Breakfast Time Podcast started a new series Spacely’s Sprockets being a short literary snippet, a song or two and his most curious thoughts so Subscribe!
Canadian Podcast Buffet – In #74: Cross-country audio and portable recorders, podcast diplomat Mark Blevis came to visit Vancouver and recorded some snippets of me, the charming Bollwits Radio John, Miss 604 and the hilarious dudes from Suburban Transpondency & Foreskin Radio begging the question “why so many fine podcasters come from Surrey?”
discussion about the open soft/hard OpenMoko and other phones seeking to shake up the mobile industry (iPhone, rumoured Google phone) with Bryght’s Mr. Furley and PhP guru Audrey F.
Postcards from Gravelly Beach
Final chapter of the White Poppies for Remembrance series – out in time for Remembrance day – this “back cover” of the series features me spieling on about the remnants and artifacts of war and the folks pointing the troops to conflict and their motivations while wandering around London
Postcards from Radio Zoom
Radio Zoom John and I are planning a plan to bring the music i used in the WPfR series to his music-focused show.
World of Hurt – Drive by Truckers
White Daisy Passing – Rocky Votolato
Providence – Chris Jacobsen
Brokedown Palace – Grateful Dead
First Vietnam War/Snipers at the Gates of Heave – The Black Angels
Gone Beyond – Akron/Family
Be Joyful! –
ahh,… the i’ll jsut looka the White Poppies archive
another PfGB- more with Wm Lenker at the Woodshed this time a sort of John Sinclair inspired reading – seeking the right JS tracks to combo it with, Comso, you got some Sinclair beat tracks for me?
Choogle on!’s section of the Podcast Queue clean-out bonanza is nearing an end, next up (in no particular order):
– Numbskulz grow up – the third installment of these rocksters
– London last wander, maybe a bonus show about getting to London from vancouver with thoughts on NYC and elsewhere – might go under the Feasthouse label if not Choogley enough
– Herby’s tales of ganja growing and swinging at Wreck beach recorded in a grow room with Dopefiend
– with the leftovers, mix up a “big psychedelic mop-up tray” of all that’s left including a drunken (well me anyhow) discussion on the role of union in modern economy, some clips of the Dalai Lama’s Canadian citizenship ceremony, hanging out watching Seattle planes land with Cosmo, etc.
So this winter, move on to:
– Clayoquot recordings, water shortage, first nations reservation, skateboard comp, sitting in the woods with eagles perched overhead, wandering along trails, reading poetry and essays on clearcuts …
and record (possibly “instudio”) discourse on:
- War resistance – seeking refuge in Canada
- Marc Emery – extradition hearing status
- Immigrating to Canada – ways and means
- Growing weed in a small space – safe and personal
Another Urban Vancouver:
- HempC soda pop taste test
Next on Raincity Radio:
- Scales’ international business exploits to China, Blogworld and more
- Michael Fergusson about web communities for families and Facebook marketing Kinzin
- Boris and Francis about best practices for Drupal debuggin process management
- Dmitri, William, Colin at BAD Camp
Upcoming Olympic Outsider:
- a couple interviews which still need edited, release and all that with Duff Gibson and Crispin Lipscomb
All for now – Enjoy!