Yesterday, I had the pleasure being invited to sit on the famous orange sofa so familiar with The Stream’s audience. The topic of discussion was ‘African aid: helpful or hazardous.’ I was joined by Joel R. Charny, Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, and a cast of supporting commentators who joined us via Twitter, Google Hangout and Skype. My Twitter pals Dr. Laura Seay and Karen Attiah (whom I have yet to actually meet in person) were a pleasant surprise and provided some great questions to further the discussion.
There’s not much more to add that wasn’t in the show above, or hasn’t been said over the last two months of discussions regarding ethical social engagement. I’ll leave you with a comment that Joel contributed to the conversation. What do we do with all this good will that truly, genuinely wants to help the right way but don’t have resources available to them? How can we better mobilize their efforts more positively? Furthermore, for those that want to help, how can we provide them resources on how to help ethically?