Monthly Archives: February 2006

Little Search Engine’s In Big China?

So I’m in Atlanta, Georgia right now with RigidFlex Plastics International at a trade conference regarding recycled plastics and the developments in the plastic trading industry.

Although completely off the topic of plastics, (I’ll write more about this conference later), it’s been fun lately to learn about the developments of Google and the other search engines in China.

It seems that Chinese Search Engines are showing some gain in their capture of the growing Chinese Market. It’s a tragedy to see that they sell out the top search results to the highest bidders rather than legitimate relevancy, but then, that’s very indicitave of Chinese media culture.

Google is having to adapt to Chinese media culture as well. Censoring their search results is pretty telling in that case. China’s market is growing quickly and google’s competitors (both foreign and native Chinese) are fighting for a piece of the fruit, it will be interesting to see what happens.

What ever happened with Alibaba anyways and their sellout and priorvow to take down google in China?

I hope they call me on a mission… to Madagascar?

Personally, I believe that some of the greatest meaning in life comes from making the world better than you found it. It doesn’t have to be astronomical or revolutionary. In its most basic form, I think it really boils down to living the golden rule and the rest takes care of itself. Of course, it sounds simple, but we can’t forget the golden rule that the power-holders of the world seem to operate from; that is, “He who has the gold makes the rules…”

I say that because history and present day seems to illustrate that ideas and organizations that have enough capital to be self-sustaining, (that is, financial or human), are the most likely to have a lasting impact. In otherwords, for a non profit organization to really work, they need to understand how money is made and human resources are retained and utilized. Non profit can be an easy way to burn time, money and people’s excitement, if it doesn’t have sustainable financial and human capital resources. Any one who has been involved in a non-profit venture knows the burn-out that comes from undercompensation. We’re not just talking undercompensation of money here–we’re talking units of happiness or units of satisfaction from measurable progress.

I’ve worked with a number of different non-profit groups, including,Catalyst HumanitarianHELP InternationalVIDA and others. I spent two years as a co-founder and Director of Organization for the Daxton Wilde Foundation. What an incredible learning experience.

Myself and some close friends are working with a new non-profit start-up, Mission to Madagascar. In association with Mothers Without Borders, they are working to establish a model of self-reliance and residual progress through the Antananarivo Orphanage. If the model proves successful, hundreds of children will be provided with a future they never knew existed, and an existing model will act as a blue-print for future development in other orphanages and social institutions… Kind of exciting :)

Of course there’s a lot going on, but as usual one of the biggest questions remains, “Where’s the money?” We’re working hard to raise money through various concerts, auctions and corporate sponsors–What would we do without those guys?