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A Preliminary Design for a Social Media Campaign for Patient Support: In Search of Out-of-Country Excellence

on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 01:46

Medical illness can cause extreme emotional and physical distress and the best care is not necessarily on hand. As the industry advances across the globe, how do we ensure that we are receiving the best services, particularly in times of crisis? What resources can help those in need find excellent treatments, regardless of their physical location?

The present medical delivery system is antithetical to the future vision envisioned by the rapid and universal spread WBSM. It is only a matter of time before the disconnect between the medical solutions that are now available to BC residents, as an example, will not be accepted as adequate and an alternate, global-based delivery system will gradually become the norm.

This paper posits a social media campaign designed to address these issues.

A Manifesto for a Personal Social Media Campaign

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 18:02

Goal: To serve selected online communities of disparate common interests as an agent of change by leveraging my training, experience, energy and resources over the internet to make the world we share, in some incremental way, a better place to live, thrive, and to push the frontiers of human potential for future generations.

Context: I am aware of the emergent power of web-based social media (WBSM). It has the potential to radically transform how we, as a species, relate to one another, structure communities and organize ourselves for social, economic and political activities. However, we are only in the earliest of days of this new era and this nascent technological potential is only in its infancy. What we will do with the WBSM is yet to be determined.

A Social Media Strategy for Community Centres

on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 11:29

It is ironic that CCs, who have as their mandate to build community, are for a variety of reasons among the weakest in terms of implementation. In normative terms a full blown strategy is not just one media. It is a network of interrelated operations, incorporating many options and tailored to its particular community.

How can a community centre build an on-line community that would radically increase the quality and sophistication of membership? This article goes through various possible target goals and details solutions to difficult problems that many community centres face in devising such a strategy.

Is Building an Irrigation Dam in Afghanistan Total Folly?

on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 00:04

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

March 2011


“While the ultimate effectiveness and impact of the invasion and occupation by our armed forces will still take time to determine, the consequence of the planned construction of a large-scale irrigation dam in Kandahar Province is a foregone conclusion. It will be an unmitigated disaster.”


Understanding the cultural landscape of a region is critical to the effective and responsible deployment of aid and development assistance. The feudalistic constitution of Afghan society and political sphere has not changed in centuries – why has it been ignored even by those trying to navigate treacherous terrain with the best of intentions?