Nuru – donating knowledge and inspiration


Nuru – donating knowledge and inspiration

Thanks for David Carreon for sharing this in a previous comment.  I really admire the philosophy and structure of the Nuru project.  They don’t just sending money, food, and resources blindly.  They identify personal and community-level solutions to foster self-sustainability, and they inspire the people to spread this aid themselves.  Excellent!

5 responses to “Nuru – donating knowledge and inspiration

  1. Yea, there are so many people out there already doing so many things. One philanthropist told me that he never really knows where to donate these days.

    As some often think, if it’s worth doing, then probably someone’s already done it.

    More and more, I believe that it’s ok to take risks and to try something new… So what, if someone is already doing it? We and those we know aren’t fully aware of “them,” and maybe trying for ourselves will, at the very least, connect us to the others.

  2. Novelty isn’t necessity in aid; if something works, there’s nothing wrong with just doing that. There’s two billion people in extreme poverty; the harvest is great and the workers are few. And of course, learn from the “bright spots” when you can!

    • Good point David. I havent done the research to.find the true scope of aid effectiveness in Africa, or any part of the world, but Nurus seems to be quite personal, humanitarian, and conducive to equality of people on a worldly scale.

      Also I must add, optimistically and aggressively, that I would always prefer novelty if theres a bit of evidence suggesting that it could be even better than the already functional status quo. Thanks for pointing out that its not the end goal nor a necessity. Sometimes I find myself getting caught up in the potential glory of a supersuccessful aid campaign and forgetting thays its all in an effort to share love and make the world a better place.

      • Let’s get our feet wet!!

        “The distance from San Francisco to London is apporox 5500 miles:

        Learning by reading is like walking. If you’ll walk 24 hours a day, and wear levitation boots you came to London in 1833 hours.

        Learning throughout school is like biking. If you’ll bike 24 hours a day, you’ll be in London in 366 hours.

        Learning from mentor is like driving. If you’ll drive 24 hours a day, you’ll be in London in 85 hours.

        Learning by doing is like flying a plane. In 11 hours you’ll be there.

        Learning by taking big risks – it’s like flying a rocket that’s what the most successful entrepreneurs do. If do that, you’ll be in London in 33 min.”

  3. Doooood I like this analogy a lot! There is some real success-to-diligence trade off in traditional work, but the intensity of the rocketship, of jumping headfirst into a project, is super risky and totally awesome. I don’t think it works as a sole means of justification for going to Africa without reading anything, but this is for real. Perhaps its proper to continue the analogy by saying that even experience astronauts have to drive to the launch pad and walk to the rocketship before launching off.

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