Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Jan 04 = some views and questions on Tsunami people from London

Blogging as I do from London, apologies first if I am out of touch with local details

Above all I would love to hear any suggestions of what people in London or Europe could be doing more of either in this blog or my email

Some notes up to January 4:

The Tsunami is the worst single disaster in my memory. Tv news in London has been covering it constantly so far. However, compared with other countries impacted, India has been mentioned less- not quite sure why

I get the impression that the people in eg Britain have led the politicians and the media in charitable ersponses so far. The only silver lining I can think of is if this event changes the silent majority's voice on all humanitarian issues: if anyone has ideas on how foreign people should keep this door open with their governments and media I would always wish to hear them

I particularly feel that there is something beyond nations that needs to be done in making sure that the Tsunami coastline people are networked in the future so that no community is ever forgotten, and if ever a warning needs posting another time there are many interconnecting links. I am shocked that a wave can keep on for several hours and no notice get to any people.

I have long thought that public broadcast media across countries could develop some world challenge programs that produce ongoing internet discussions in one place on reliey or povery projects and transfering contextual learning from one pace to another. This
mock-up discussionof this is pre-Tsunami, instead of general topic of poverty, one could argue that DD and BBC should find some way of jointly keeping the Tsunami coastlines not just in the news but in people's idea-span for sharing ways forward. Moreover, there may be a relevant additional media discussion emerging at this google answers area and this blog where I try to assemble a broad cross-examination of the British Broadcasting Corporation's duty to world service.

Open source census across coastlines

Does anyone know if relief agencies & other local fieldworkers are expecting to complete some pooled standard questionnaire (if so what's in it and where are all data being mapped?). Questions might include: how many people are alive here? what food and drink needs? what health needs? how many dwelling needs? what infrastructure needs? - I imagine such details would be in phases: immediate survival, minimum sustainable community. Do you think having at least some minimal reporting collation be useful as well as establishing which is the agency or main contact point that overseeing the relief?