When a disaster happen, the transparency and connectivity of the flat globalized world seems to excel in prompting swift and immediate action.
- News coverage delivered through Skype gave live reports very soon after the earthquake hit Haiti.
- Video coverage of the quake recorded on numerous mobile phones documented how serious this earthquake was.
- YouTube and other internet sites distributing live material from Haiti
Together, all these instant reports helped reduce significantly the time by which rescue missions was on the way to Port au Prince, Haiti. And within a week, a whole world was engaged in numerous activities to gather monetary and other help to the country.
We are moving forward towards a better world! Hence, another positive aspect of globalization.
How to organize our globalized world
As soon as help started to arrive Port au Prince, Haiti, it became evident that the world is basically unprepared for coordinated action. The main question is: Who should be in charge?
UN units, Military units, NGO’s and politicians landed in Haiti only to watch a big mess and numerous missing links;
- Logistic became a major bottleneck
- Priority of actions to avoid loss of efficiency
- Management of the resources
From joint operations in i.e. Afghanistan we know how hard it is to coordinate multinational, multifunctional organizations. This becomes even more difficult when an emergency strikes, and we need to get coordinated actions up and running very fast.
The world need to move forward, and here we have a major task to solve and prepare for before the next big disaster.
Anders, from a snow covered Gjøvik, Norway. Copyright 2010 Anders Haug Thomassen. You are encouraged to use this material as long as you mention the source.