–Engage

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Tidal wave should cause pause

I have so much; I waste so much. Instead of being decadent tomorrow night, maybe we should take pause, and put the resources of decadence towards a higher priority this New Year’s.

http://www.moveon.org/tsunamirelief/

There are many, many, many more places to give to.

My suggestion for the night is to tea-total. Have fun w/o alcohol. Yes, the bars will take an unexpected hit, but considering what is going on for so many, I think its a small sacrifice.

Take the money you should spend on a drink and donate it. If you can’t do that, then commit to a matching grant. Whatever I spend tonight on “partying” I will also donate at least 50% of towards the Tidal Wave releif agencies. Pick one. Anyone. Don’t stand on ceremony.

This is not complicated. This is about us as primarily well-off westerners (no matter how poor you think you are and you live in the west you are probably well-off enough) to think about our priorities and our behavior.

Our President has shamed us by first suggesting $15million in relief aid and now he back-peddles to find the right balance. This is shameful.

Almost every news site on the web has a list of relief agencies to donate towards.

Other ideas to find the funds for donating in larger amounts:
Give up coffee for a week/month
Give up beer for a week/month
match your cable bill
donate frequent flyer miles
bring your lunch to work

Find those little pieces of decadence in your life (unnecessary expenses) and either commit to match that expense in some way as a tax on it, or avoid the expense and re-allocate it to a relief agency donation.

How much simpler can it be? Can’t think of anything.

Also, the link above is to a letter to the President to do more to not let these human beings feel like they are an annoyance. The current vibe is one of afterthought, and backpeddling. It is time to be proactive and an example among nations.

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