Where is the Truck or the problem with meetings

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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There was a story on NPR about the failed relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the already broken country. According to the story the world has pledge more than 9 billion dollars, yet almost three years have passed and 350,000 people still live in camps, most of the displaced who have moved out of the camps live in homes without roofs.

Johnatthan¬†M. katz has written a book titled, “The Big Truck that went Buy: How the world came to save Haiti and left behind a disaster”.¬†¬†I have not read the book yet (I have two unread on my kindle and this one is in my shopping cart) but, I have taken a look at the book¬†and it seems like a really good read I am looking forward to getting to it. The author and the NPR story seems to really strive to point out that despite all the money and planning the disaster in Haiti is still a disaster.

So the earthquake happened, money was sent camps were set up and then the bureaucracts started having their meetings. During the meetings discussions took place. Discussions about new apartments streets, credenza and even a promenade and while the meetings took place, corn sent to the region spoiled. People starved when the corn spoiled, the camps made of tarps ripped and riots started, still the meetings happened. UN soldiers were sent in and more of the money for the streets and apartments were spent on the troops.

I am not sure if it is irony but currently the United States of America is facing budget sequestration.¬† In the United States budget sequestration is a law which limits the size of the United States federal government by imposing caps on the budgets off all operations. I say that it is ironic because, well I don’t truly understand irony maybe it is just timing but I say irony because at the same time we see¬†bureaucracy¬†in Haiti prevent aid and¬†bureaucracy in America essentially get cut off.


Meetings and discussion have a place and time and it should be limited. Every meeting I have sat in as an adult was wasted time I will never get back time which could have been better spent doing something. Before scheduling a meeting to talk about doing something maybe we should all do something.

‚ÄúIf you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Dave Barry




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