Help Ukraine Now

  • by , Featured Contributor, February 1, 2024

I’m headed back to Ukraine next week, traveling to Kyiv and Lviv to meet with new team members, business leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs, hoping to help create jobs, business and start-ups in a country that very much needs our help right now.

Businesses around the world need to help Ukraine and stop Putin, particularly as the war drags on, as more people lose their lives, homes and jobs, and as the support of some politicians and militaries around the world show signs of fatigue. What we do in Ukraine matters; it matters a lot.

As Angus King, the Independent U.S. Senator from Maine, reminded us in a speech on the Senate floor yesterday, if Europe and the U.S. had stood up to Hitler in Sudetenland in 1938, “[W]e could have stopped a murderous dictator who was bent on geographic expansion…at a relatively low cost. The result of not doing so was 55 million deaths.”



What can you do?

Call your representatives and senators. Tell them you want them to support more military and economic help for Ukraine. Nothing gets politicians' attention like constituent calls, emails and letters. They know that constituent call ratios on issues are the bellwether for future election support.

Hire in Ukraine. If you need technology help, hire that help in Ukraine. Whether you open an office there, as my company has, or work with one of the incredible IT services firms like DataArt, Sigma and SoftServe that are based there, the talent of technology workers in Ukraine is extraordinary, and really stands out in areas like AI, which is so critical for everyone in our industry today.

Help Ukraine win the Information War. Defeating Putin will take more than just missiles, planes, tanks and drones. This is a real-time Information (and Disinformation) War too. I highly recommend following and financially supporting the work of CFC Big Ideas, a Ukrainian strategic communication firm supporting the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine.

Reach out to friends, colleagues, and acquaintances in Ukraine. I am in awe of the people of Ukraine. Their resilience, focus and commitment is off the charts. However, as resilient as they are, it’s tough over there right now, particularly with so much uncertainty over future U.S. military support and plans for significant troop mobilization. A text, email or call to let friends, colleagues, and acquaintances in Ukraine know you care can make a big difference.

As Senator King said in his speech yesterday, “This is a historic struggle between authoritarianism, arbitrariness, surveillance, and the radical idea that people can govern themselves. That's what this is all about. This is a battle for the soul of our democracy in the world…. It's worth fighting for. And in this case we don't even have to do the fighting. We just have to supply the arms and ammunition.”

Don’t sit on the sidelines. History (and your children and grandchildren) won’t treat you well if you don’t do your part today.


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  1. Donald Frazier from OneVideo Technology, February 1, 2024 at 6:20 p.m.

    Dave --

    Thanks for today's post. I respectfully offer the observation that contacting Congressmen will not necessarily help help. Just like you and me, many media insiders vote in blue states. Our Congressmen, with a very small number of exceptions, are already on the side of the light.

    But it would be helpful to know of public interest groups we can join to weigh in on this issue. Organizations like the Atlantic Council et al are tooled to connect with fellow members of the Beltway. I also see a number of Ukrainian expat groups which, while earnest enough, do not claim to represent US citizens in general.

    All of this is too bad because, as media people, we might have skills, contacts, and experiences that would give us disproportionate impact for good.

  2. Ben B from Retired, February 1, 2024 at 10:57 p.m.

    Russia should have to pay the cost to rebuild Ukraine what they have done is wrong and I thought that Putin said he could take Ukraine within a month now it's 2 years and Russia still hasn't gotten control of Ukraine. I like the Ukraine's fight that they haven't backed down from Putin who is the modern day Hitler as I don't believe Putin will end if he gets Ukraine in my opinion.   

  3. David Mattson from Not Ordinary Media, February 2, 2024 at 9:37 a.m.

    Call the senators who are holding out for whatever their absurd reasons are anyway.   

    Tell them this is imperative for a people with their backs to the wall fighting a regime of pure evil.  Doesn't matter where you are from -  you're still an American and so are those senators (though sometimes we wonder) and as the CIA chief just said - 'it would be an own goal of historic proportions if we were to let the Russians win'.  Hell, tell them you are from their state or jurisdiction. 

  4. Dave Morgan from Simulmedia replied, February 2, 2024 at 10:45 a.m.

    Thanks so much for the comment. I have recently been in touch with CSIS - Council for Strategic & International Studies, that has a very strong iniiative around Ukraine

  5. Dave Morgan from Simulmedia replied, February 2, 2024 at 10:46 a.m.

    Ben, David, I am in 100% agreement on both points!

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