I am going to an alumni event at the U of Winnipeg on Monday the 9th; the presenters are talking about their work with Students without Borders. These alumni, working with students at a couple of different institutions, I think, raised $250,000 and took medical supplies to Senegal as part of a 17 day trip.
This got me thinking about a "Students without Borders" arrangement between NDSU and U of W; what if we could get students from both institutions, particularly a mix of Sudanese and North American students, to form a chapter, raise money, and bring aid to various villages in southern Sudan?
One project too many for me? I got thinking about this while working on a reconsideration of War and Peace in the Global Village; I find myself drawn to the computer metaphor of "work around." There is little I can do to stop the fighting in Sudan (I even heard a NPR story that pointed out it is illegal for US citizens to negotiate with foreign governments!), but I can work around the systemic approaches and systemic problems through micro-aid projects. Big change needs to be systemic, but maybe small change on the margins can drive big change in the center. That reversal of dynamics, reversal of base-superstructure, certainly seems to be one of the implications of the digital revolution.