Sergey Brin, Backseat Crisis Manager

January 25, 2010

Did you happen to read Sergey Brin’s account of his recent relief trip to Haiti? It’s heartfelt and somewhat interesting, and it ends with three suggestions for how the crisis management could be better:

“First, while there is tremendous relief effort from the US, UN, Haiti, and NGOs, the coordination and organization between these remains unclear.”

“Second, it is necessary to scale up the provisioning of shelter, food, water, sanitation, and health care by at least an order of magnitude.”

“Lastly, there are several categories of people who should be evacuated out of Haiti to other countries (notably the US) where there is far more capacity to provide care.”

For real, Sergey? You go and spend a couple days in a country that was already in poor shape before the earthquake, and you think that qualifies you to tell the experts — the people who’ve been dealing with earthquake relief their whole lives how to do things? C’mon now. I’m sure they appreciated your help, but I doubt they appreciate your advice. Stick to running a search company, and let the relief experts do what they do. Kthxbai.

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