I’m trying get as paper-free as possible. This is very difficult to do living in a paper-happy nation like Japan. Despite the high emphasis on digital life, everything here is well-wrapped and printed. For tech events, we get invitations sent by email that are to be printed out and handed in at the registration desk. I’ve tried to do this by presenting mine on my iPad, but have had the helpful staffperson ask me if I could print it out.
It is sometimes disconcerting to expect a 3G signal everywhere in Tokyo only to find that the particular place you are trying to get to has a bad signal and the map you are trying to access won’t come up. So once in awhile, I backtrack, going out of the building to get a signal, a map, and find my way to the place I’m trying to get to. But little sacrifice in convenience saves a sheet of paper from being used.
I realize that we are far from getting to paper-free; in fact, we’re using more than ever. But not only trying to conserve by printing 2 pages to a sheet and double-sided, not printing and reducing the need for the paper itself is, I think, a good thing.
「NYフィル・バーンスタイン・小澤征爾」 映写会 （於：NYC) － JanJanBlog. (Japanese)
This is a JanJan Blog post by my good friend Michio Hamaji. A wonderful event put on in New York concerning a performance by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
What follows below is a great list of corporate contributors to the relief effort. It is still but a drop in a bucketful of needs, but this is encouraging nonetheless.
Of course, it should be noted that these are mostly pledges, not direct contributions made to date. This is an important distinction. One year after the Haiti Earthquake of February 2010, less than half of the aid pledged by countries, including the United States, had not been delivered. Likewise, after the BP Gulf Oil Spill, less than one quarter of the pledged funds to people adversely affected by the spill had been paid by BP 9 months later.
So it is important that we are vigilant about the real contributions made by the companies that pledge their support. While I do not intend to question their sincerity or lack of real concern for victims of the calamity, true assistance is made through the delivery of funds, not the promises of support.