This, below, has come through my work email today.
I have copied the main message to here -- including author's address, if anyone wishes to contact them.
It includes a web page link with the details for making donations if you are so inclined.
Enrique: I resonate with your anxiety and emotional stress. At this juncture it is best to recognize those issues which sprawl over the limits of what institutions can do - and those issues about which something can be done. Yours is not the first earthquake and yours is not the first "failing" of an Establishment in crisis mode, ala Katrina. Much of what you are experiencing is unavoidable and totally independent of the cast of players. Your well being is more important, right now, than attempting to fix the mess. Use your knowledge to separate the achievable from the pursuit of the impossible.What has and is transpiring is natural-law directed. That is, the participants are enacting a script written by natural law, not one of human volition. Be sure to depersonalize the horrible scenes surrounding you. Watch natural law unfold. Lessons learned time.For example, the Establishment may have had good intentions regarding earthquakes, nothing new to Chile, but it ran into the connectance barrier and destabilized. Connectance is an Ashby standard that says the system goes unstable if more than 15% of the available communication pathways are simultaneously active at any given time. In national crisis it is easy to go over the 15% limit. Chile did. Not your problem. There is no fix to connectance. Save your energy. The point of connectance is don't get into a sweat about the effects until you attend to the cause.My Dad was keen on the connectance matter as director of civil defense (county) during WWII. He staged unannounced test runs several times a year. The results of the first runs were sobering enough that everyone knew improvements had to be installed. In three or four test runs, involving thousands of people, a changed crisis response delivery started to improve. Only the folks doing the work can figure out how to solve the response delivery problems. Empowered, they did.If you keep a journal of unfolding events, you will be able to compare your particular to those in the record. You will find total congruency. Your greatest contribution will be to identify the protocols that distinguish what can be done from all that you can do. Your goal right now is to stop investing effort beyond all that can be done. Remember, you are more important than the unavoidable mess. The mess will run its course and die. Your job is to endure.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For more information go to: www.metaphorum.org For the Metaphorum Collaborative Working Environment (MCWE) go to: www.platformforchange.org METAPHORUM eList Archive available at - https://listserv.heanet.ie/ucd-staffordbeer.html Archive of CYBCOM eList available at - http://hermes.circ.gwu.edu/archives/cybcom.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~