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What You Do Is Who You Are — anecdote and advice from the front lines of tech | Financial Times
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What You Do Is Who You Are: How To Create Your Business Culture, by Ben Horowitz, Harper Business RRP$29.99, 288 pages
Andreessen_Horowitz  Ben_Horowitz  books  book_reviews  checklists  founders  Genghis_Khan  Great_Man_Theory_of_History  Haiti  lessons_learned  organizational_culture  Richard_Waters  Silicon_Valley  Toussaint_Louverture  vc  venture_capital 
november 2019 by jerryking
Daily Kos: If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic
Oct 20, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT
If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

by Denise Oliver VelezFollow for Daily Kos
racism  Dominican_Republic  Haiti  expulsions  ethnic_communities  statelessness  dislocations 
november 2013 by jerryking
When Theory Met Practice -
March 19, 2004 | WSJ | By ROBERT A. SIRICO.
With the departure of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti lost more than just another in a long line of political despots. It also lost an aging icon of a brand of Christian socialist theory that was once hugely influential in both North and Latin American seminaries. As a former priest of the Salesian order, who studied theology in England, Canada, Italy and Israel, Mr. Aristide was a proponent of Liberation Theology, which attempted to weave Marxian dialectics into the Gospels in the name of helping the poor....When Liberation Theology was at its height, the Vatican dealt cogently and fully with its errors in the area of faith and morals. Just as serious, however, were its errors in the area of economics. Rather than seeing the state as a frequent source of oppression, Liberation Theology saw private ownership and capitalism that way. But if you eliminate property and the exchange economy, what are you left with? Not the utopia for which the socialists have long dreamed. You are left with a state that must centrally plan an economy, which no state anywhere can do with efficiency or an eye to prosperity. The result is economic chaos, from which the poor suffer more than anyone else, as John Paul II noted in an encyclical on economics in 1991. And of course, without private property to resist the power of the state, despotism is inevitable.

Lacking a coherent view of economics or an understanding of how society functions and develops, Liberation Theology ends up with precisely what it decries most of all: centralized power exercised on behalf of the few at the expense of the many
Haiti  Vatican 
august 2012 by jerryking
No Rice, No Water-- Can You Hear Me Now?
By: Marjorie Valbrun | Posted: May 21, 2008.

Mobile phones are helping people climb out of poverty, spurring small-scale entrepreneurship, promoting development and even helping farmers and market women work more efficiently and earn more money.

The story of what is happening in Haiti is part of a larger trend taking place in developing countries around the globe, particularly in Asia and Africa. The world is witnessing a seismic social, cultural and technological shift that is changing how people work, live and thrive – all because of cell phones.
Haiti  mobile_phones  economic_development  tools  remittances  ZoomPesa  seismic_shifts  developing_countries 
october 2011 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributors - Haiti’s Eternal Weight -
JULIE SWANN. Haiti still faces a long road to recovery, but one of the
biggest obstacles is earthquake debris. The quake left debris, including
concrete and rebar from collapsed buildings, destroyed belongings and
human remains. 20 million to 25 million cu. yds of debris fill the
streets, yards, sidewalks and canals of Port-au-Prince — enough to fill 5
Louisiana Superdomes...At present, there is no significant, coordinated
financing by international aid groups for mechanized debris removal,
with estimates predicting the next 1.5 yrs. of debris mgmt. at ~ $300
million. Instead, almost all of the operations in Port-au-Prince are
$-for-work programs (e.g. Usaid, the EU), with Haitians, at best,
breaking concrete and loading trucks by hand and, at worst, moving
bricks from one side of a road to the other. Many workers lack masks or
gloves. This inefficient process puts $ into the hands of Haitians, but
it slows rebuilding.
relief_recovery_reconstruction  natural_calamities  Haiti  productivity  mechanization 
july 2010 by jerryking
A Marshall Plan for Haiti? Think again
Feb. 19, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by David Carment and
Yiagadeesen Samy. If the Marshall Plan caused Europe to grow, it was
because Europe had a number of favourable pre-conditions that are
largely absent in Haiti: high levels of human capital, a long history of
democratic institutions and rule of law, private enterprise, and
trading history....To address problems of absorptive capacity, Canada
and its donor partners will need a strategy that clearly lays out the
sequencing of building political authority, legitimate governance and
sound economic capacity.

An effective strategic plan begins by specifying the end results that
are expected from those investments, the risks in achieving those
results, and indicators that track a reduction in those risks over time.
In short, a road map is only useful if you know your final destination.
Haiti  economic_development  democratic_institutions  relief_recovery_reconstruction  absorptive_capacity  strategic_planning  Marshall_Plan  roadmaps  human_capital  rule_of_law 
february 2010 by jerryking
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valuations  performance_reviews  John_Quelch  unconventional  Haiti  HBR  motivations  social_media  advertising 
february 2010 by jerryking
How to fix Port-au-Prince
Mark MacKinnon

From Saturday's Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 7:31PM
EST Last updated on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.
"But history tells us that Port-au-Prince will rebuild and recover, at
least to its previous state. Perhaps even to something better than what
existed, so long as the international community's attention doesn't
wander from Haiti, as it has so often in the past."
Haiti  relief_recovery_reconstruction  howto 
january 2010 by jerryking
Is the U.S. doomed to forsake Haiti once more?
Jan. 16, 2010 |Globe & Mail | by Konrad Yakabuski. “I'm
skeptical that any kind of religious belief system is antithetical to
development,” Raj Desai, a professor of international development at
Washington's Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Brookings
Institution, insisted in an interview. “I'm more inclined to think that
the arrow runs the other way around. It is the lack of stability, the
lack of economic development, the chaos, the poverty, the corruption and
the lack of opportunities that are more likely to turn people to voodoo
rather than the other way around.”
Haiti  U.S.foreign_policy  history  David_Brooks  Konrad_Yakabuski  Brookings  belief_systems  hopelessness  international_development 
january 2010 by jerryking
Haiti's Tragedy -
JANUARY 14, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | Editorial. Thousands
of people urgently need medical help, and many more will soon require
tenting, clean water, food, toilets and other necessities if a secondary
disaster is to be prevented. U.S. military assets are likely to play a
crucial role in these efforts, as they did after the tsunami and the
2005 earthquake in Kashmir—a fresh reminder that the reach of America's
power coincides with the reach of its goodness....The earthquake is also
a reminder that while natural calamities do not discriminate between
rich countries and poor ones, their effects almost invariably do.

Haiti's Tragedy
Haiti  earthquakes  tragedies  natural_calamities  disasters 
january 2010 by jerryking - The art of investing dangerously
June 2008 | Report on Business Magazine | by Doug Steiner on risk-taking and investing in Haiti.

The bigger picture is that opportunities as well as risks abound in Haiti. The country has genuine selling points: one of the cheapest work forces on the planet, duty-free access to the nearby U.S. market, prime undeveloped beachfront property, and pent-up local demand for just about every basic product and service. One giant float at Carnival carried one of Haiti's most popular bands, RAM; it was draped in huge red banners heralding Digicel, Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien's wildly successful Caribbean cellphone venture. The company arrived in Haiti in 2006 and signed up one million customers within months.
Haiti  risk-taking  Doug_Steiner  emerging_markets  investing  dangers 
january 2009 by jerryking

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