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Volunteering, PMI and PMIEF
According to information provided by PMI we are:
- 593,211 members
- 302 chapters and 7 potential chapters spread around the world

What initiatives have been taken in view of the crisis caused by Covid-19?

Here's an idea:
Collection of funds for acquisition:
- Masks
- Gloves
- Glasses
- Protective clothing
- Fans
- Other hospital supplies

This collection of funds would be carried out at the global level (with distribution by the chapters of funds according to the donations)

Use PMI means to raise funds (websites, video production) and / or disseminate contributions (funds collected and products purchased)

Use the volunteer network to:
- Raising funds to be sent to PMI
- Contact product and equipment suppliers
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No question, PMI and its army of volunteers could do a lot to help with crises on a global or local scale, however, at present the best that anyone can do who is not a medical professional is:

1. Follow the recommended good practices - e.g. handwashing, social distancing, avoiding any unnecessary travel outside the home
2. Finances permitting, donate to charities which are able to make a tangible difference
3. Virtually help those who might be worse off than we are through references, recommendations and so on.

Kiron
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2 replies by Luis Branco and Thomas Walenta
Mar 20, 2020 11:04 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is very important that we follow all medical recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus

Despite this, I would like very much to see an initiative by PMI and / or PMIEF
Mar 21, 2020 8:30 AM
Thomas Walenta
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Kiron,

yes, it is mandatory, that project managers are good citizens and even role models in their social environment.

For me (and for Luis I guess), this is not enough, as our purpose is to 'make ideas a reality'. So we have to support further

1. in mitigating the harm done (not only by the virus, but more by our social behaviors)
2. in actively preparing for and driving the dramatic shift induced by this extraordinary disruption.

Why we? Because our role is to provide certainty, hope, vision to our fellow humans.
Compile and aggregate sources of aid for those that may be impacted in their regions. Listings could be grouped by type - for example financial institutions, utilities, food, etc.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 20, 2020 11:05 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tyler
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion
Mar 20, 2020 8:17 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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No question, PMI and its army of volunteers could do a lot to help with crises on a global or local scale, however, at present the best that anyone can do who is not a medical professional is:

1. Follow the recommended good practices - e.g. handwashing, social distancing, avoiding any unnecessary travel outside the home
2. Finances permitting, donate to charities which are able to make a tangible difference
3. Virtually help those who might be worse off than we are through references, recommendations and so on.

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is very important that we follow all medical recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus

Despite this, I would like very much to see an initiative by PMI and / or PMIEF
Mar 20, 2020 9:52 AM
Replying to Tyler Reainthong
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Compile and aggregate sources of aid for those that may be impacted in their regions. Listings could be grouped by type - for example financial institutions, utilities, food, etc.
Dear Tyler
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion
This Corona virus is a great learning experience for our Projects in times of crisis! We have it all:
- Risks if contamination and delay in decision making
- Scope - understand the extent and scope of the problem
- Schedule - define the times of the activities you carry out
- Budget - understand if we are prepared to face the challenges financially
- Resources - see if we have all the means, hospitals, doctors, medicines to meet the challenge
- Quality
-Acquisitions - what kind of stock should we prepare. what logistics should be handled
- Stakeholder - who should we involve, who can we count on and how to influence people to follow the guidelines
- Communication - a lot of false news, a lot of misinformation, how can we guarantee simple, safe, correct and adequate communication.
- Integration - how to develop an integrated plan that responds to the challenges we face? As volunteer we can dona lot. More regarding communications and “no panic” strategy”, decision making, risk analysis...
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 20, 2020 2:32 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alcides
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I think the most important thing is to define objectives and formulate the strategy
Projects will arise if stakeholders are involved
Mar 20, 2020 12:52 PM
Replying to Alcides Cabral
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This Corona virus is a great learning experience for our Projects in times of crisis! We have it all:
- Risks if contamination and delay in decision making
- Scope - understand the extent and scope of the problem
- Schedule - define the times of the activities you carry out
- Budget - understand if we are prepared to face the challenges financially
- Resources - see if we have all the means, hospitals, doctors, medicines to meet the challenge
- Quality
-Acquisitions - what kind of stock should we prepare. what logistics should be handled
- Stakeholder - who should we involve, who can we count on and how to influence people to follow the guidelines
- Communication - a lot of false news, a lot of misinformation, how can we guarantee simple, safe, correct and adequate communication.
- Integration - how to develop an integrated plan that responds to the challenges we face? As volunteer we can dona lot. More regarding communications and “no panic” strategy”, decision making, risk analysis...
Dear Alcides
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I think the most important thing is to define objectives and formulate the strategy
Projects will arise if stakeholders are involved
Dear Luis,

Chapters are already organized so may make sense it to kept it at Chapter Level and manage resource allocation at a global level.

The one problem that will come out from the COVID-19 outbreak is the response time and lag time from identification, allocating resources, responding and isolation of person and area.

As a result this virus has spread more quickly than it should of if a proper response was implemented.

As a result PMI should look at what lessons can be learned from this outbreak and draw up guidelines on how best to respond to similar situation.

I know WHO, CDC and UNICEF have spent millions over the decades dealing with various outbreaks across the world but somewhere along the line this information has been lost, not acted upon, ignored or simply not implement due to lack of awareness or resources.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 21, 2020 6:53 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

As a PMI member and volunteer, I sincerely expected more.
I expected a global response articulated with existing chapters

Think global, act local
Mar 21, 2020 6:45 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

Chapters are already organized so may make sense it to kept it at Chapter Level and manage resource allocation at a global level.

The one problem that will come out from the COVID-19 outbreak is the response time and lag time from identification, allocating resources, responding and isolation of person and area.

As a result this virus has spread more quickly than it should of if a proper response was implemented.

As a result PMI should look at what lessons can be learned from this outbreak and draw up guidelines on how best to respond to similar situation.

I know WHO, CDC and UNICEF have spent millions over the decades dealing with various outbreaks across the world but somewhere along the line this information has been lost, not acted upon, ignored or simply not implement due to lack of awareness or resources.

Daire
Dear Daire

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

As a PMI member and volunteer, I sincerely expected more.
I expected a global response articulated with existing chapters

Think global, act local
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1 reply by Daire Guiney
Mar 21, 2020 8:28 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

Do you mean Think Local, Act Global?

You must remember that the COVID-19 started as one case that quickly spread in a community, then a town, then a city, then a country, then a region, then a continent and now it is across all the major continents.

I believe if this virus was caught early at source the impact would be a lot less.

When you think global, the wheels of action take a longer to turn and a lot further to turn. If your quick, responsible, working within your community, using recommended and proven approaches, this will have a faster, better response and make it a more affordable approach.

Why use a hammer when a chisel will do. Its about taking personal responsibility within the existing community were you reside and instigating change.

We do not need a voice from above directing us on something we already know about.

Daire
Certainly, influential organizations could be more active in supporting and donating to the global cause. There is just so much wrong that has happened and been exposed during this crisis, including withholding critical information and insider trading. It is shameful. I have completely changed the way I consume the news from this.

Back to your specific question, absolutely, an organization like PMI could initiate some effort and donate on behalf of all members. Or simply just donate. But I guess my point is that others can too; Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, Accenture.

In other news, the CEO of Goldman Sachs just gave himself a 20% raise, now making $27.5M/year. Hmmm. Must be nice.

Which CEO's will donate a percentage of their salary to the cause?
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 21, 2020 7:57 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I was referring to a project led by PMI:
- Fundraising from members: 593,211 members x $ 10.00 = about 6 million dollars
Mar 21, 2020 7:46 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Certainly, influential organizations could be more active in supporting and donating to the global cause. There is just so much wrong that has happened and been exposed during this crisis, including withholding critical information and insider trading. It is shameful. I have completely changed the way I consume the news from this.

Back to your specific question, absolutely, an organization like PMI could initiate some effort and donate on behalf of all members. Or simply just donate. But I guess my point is that others can too; Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, Accenture.

In other news, the CEO of Goldman Sachs just gave himself a 20% raise, now making $27.5M/year. Hmmm. Must be nice.

Which CEO's will donate a percentage of their salary to the cause?
Dear Andrew

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I was referring to a project led by PMI:
- Fundraising from members: 593,211 members x $ 10.00 = about 6 million dollars
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Mar 21, 2020 8:52 AM
Andrew Craig
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Thank you, Luis, for sharing this opinion.

A fundraising campaign would take time. Do we take into account the time criticality and consider other options? I agree whatever done is great, but the time is now.

The logistics for this are enormous. Some options are:
1. Create a digital marketing campaign to elicit donations
2. Proactively donate to the cause on behalf of all members
3. Replenish funds as donations arrive
4. Deliver another campaign to begin using a percentage of membership fees for future donations, to this or other causes
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