Some good news for once. Read my Jpost post about an inspirational group of Orthodox Jews (including ultra-Orthodox) and Arabs that save lives in East/West Jerusalem, as well as across Israel. Considering the most popular nonprofits seem to be public health related, they may be onto something. In fact, of the top 100 nonprofits around the world ranked by Global Journal, almost half of the top 25 are public health or humanitarian relief related.
What lessons do you think this group has for the peace movement? I’d love your thoughts, also because I’d like to delve into this deeper in my next post.
Were the NGOs rated purely on how much money raised? What you describe reminds me of efforts to deal with social problems in U.S. through lens of public health– eg gun violence as health issue overstressing health system, emergency rooms. In U.S., this doesn’t seem to have wide appeal, though I think it should.
To answer your question, yes, many of the factors were financial. Their selection methodology is listed here: http://theglobaljournal.net/photo/view/589/
It’s interesting you point out that this tactic fails to win over public opinion in the US. I think it’s a strategy that’s easy to get world-wide support, especially in one-time, disaster kinds of events that have more immediacy (which is also why I think this Israeli-Palestinian emergency responder organization is successful). However, I do think you’re right that explaining long-term, deep-rooted phenomenon in public health terms perhaps isn’t as effective. At least in the US, this is when economic explanations become more successful, which is part of the reason Nicholas Kristof has been able to sway so many people to invest in women.
More food for thought. Thanks!
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