Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Senseless Duplication


That's the number of entries that pop up when one googles "Shark Preservation".

I learned this when reading Oceanminds' post The Plethora of Non Profits: An Ego Battle after having been alerted to it by this post on Oceanic Dreams. Like Felix, I am impressed.

So true!
So much senseless duplication of efforts, fragmentation, inefficiency, squandering of resources and energy, useless overhead! Not to mention the Egos!

Kudos to Nico.
But: is anybody going to learn anything from it? As in promoting more joint efforts - all the way to -horribile dictu!- creating synergies via proper mergers like the real world?

Yes, Mergers!
As in: new name, less bureaucracy, more efficiency!

Yes I know, and pigs will fly!
Still, let's keep this one in mind, shall we.


Shark Diver said...

Yes, but it is a million ants taking down an Elephant and it is effective, wastefully so, stupidly so in some cases, but it works.

Hate to even admit it sometimes.

To quote Donald Rumsfeld:

"As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

DaShark said...

Good point!

But in many cases, the fuel for those machines comes from well-meaning supporters.
Like funding for science, funding for orgs is a scarce and limited commodity and it would be best pooled with minimum overhead.

After all, even your ants only have one queen, not dozens!

But I hear 'ya - all I'm saying is that it's worth keeping this one in mind as it would be the right thing to do.
As an example, the Shark Alliance is already a precursor to such a pooling of resources and in Fiji, many NGOs already work hand in hand.

And let's be frank, the present ego battles we continue to witness are unbecoming and unproductive - especially in Shark Conservation where the other side is so well organized.