2015 Nepal Earthquake and New Power

by jpd95 on Avril 29, 2015 - 3:37pm

April 25, 2015 is a date that will never be forgotten by the people living in Nepal.  A 7.9 magnitude earthquake shocked the Nepalese people.  According to the CBC article written by The Canadian Press titled “Nepal earthquake: Stranded Canadian says Ottawa not doing enough to bring citizens home” on the 27 of April, this is the biggest earthquake to hit Nepal in approximately 80 years.  The Canadian government has “pledged $5 million in initial aid” (The Canadian Press) and according to another CBC article written by CBC News also on April 27 at the time of the earthquake “there [were] 462 Canadians registered in Nepal, but registration is voluntary, so the number of people in the country is almost certainly higher” (CBC News). 

The Canadian Press article shares a story of a Montreal woman who “is in Nepal working for the International Organization for Migration” and she believes that the Canadian government has not done enough to try and help the Canadian citizens that are registered in Nepal.  Emilie-Anne Leroux, the Montreal woman in Nepal, says that “she and other Canadians haven’t received so much as a phone call from officials despite having registered as being in Nepal”.

What more can be done?  This is where the idea of New Power comes in, but first what is New Power?  New Power is when a large of group of individuals get together to contribute to the growth of something.  A TED Talk can be found at http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_heimans_what_new_power_looks_like?language=en where Jeremy Heimans explained the terms of New Power and Old Power.  Heimans compares Old Power to currency, which is controlled by the few for the many, and New Power to a current which bends and flows and is never constant.  An example of New Power could be a website created where anybody could log in and add/remove/modify the information that is on the webpage.  A website where it allows a mass group of individuals collaborate and share certain comments or stories with the mass audience of the world.  Now, how does this factor in with the earthquake in Nepal?  Well there is a website that exists which allows people to have access to a forum where people all across the world can share stories regarding the topic of the post.  After the earthquake the website, Fodors.com, created a page for people to share stories and comments about the earthquake which can be found at http://www.fodors.com/community/asia/nepal-earthquake-25-april-2015.cfm.  This website allows people to discuss what happened in Nepal in a very New Power kind of way by allowing the mass population of the world to form a community online where the many can collaborate by creating a conversation that is not limited by geographical restrictions.

Canadians are still waiting to hear word from many loved ones that were in Nepal at the time of the earthquake and websites like Fodor.com, which as mentioned create a forum of conversation, are where millions of people are turning to try and gather any information they can.  There is a person that I met in grades 7 and 8 that is currently on a trip around the world and was in the region when the earthquake hit and his family has received no word yet.  They are constantly taking part in discussions on online communities to try and find any information they can.  With New Power gaining a lot of ground and becoming more and more popular, it allows for the masses to be able to instantly communicate and share ideas, concerns, news, etc. without having to go through the conventional media outlets and restrictions.