Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

  We've created a GoFundMe campaign to support Aakhil Lakhani's upcoming legal challenge to Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). Please click on the link, donate, and share! "Aakhil Lakhani spoke out last year about facing sexual assault in 2013 while on a fellowship placement with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), and then facing retaliation from … Continue reading Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

  Additional disturbing allegations have become public about EWB's former Director, Prateek Awasthi. The Total System Failure team has known about these allegations (more details in the linked statement below) since March 2019, after we received a tip from an acquaintance, but did not have permission to make them public. In April 2019, Chelsey Rhodes … Continue reading We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

  We just announced we were closing down the project, but we wanted to share some recent media coverage related to harassment cover-ups at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). First, we've heard EWB's founder and former CEO George Roter is currently suspended from the Ontario Liberal Party after our recent podcast and this story in … Continue reading Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Hello everyone, This is an update that we are officially winding down the project and moving on to other things.  We won't be publishing a written report as we were unable to raise the funds to do so, and frankly, don't feel like it. (*Chelsey is working on a PhD on these topics so the … Continue reading Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Legal Support for Victims of EWB

  Due to the increasing volume of disclosures of violent and discriminatory incidents at EWB, both historical and recent, we have arranged for legal support for any ex- or current EWB staff/ volunteers (including staff or residents in countries where EWB works) who would like to set up a free consultation. This also helps the … Continue reading Legal Support for Victims of EWB

Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

*Podcast available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes, two of the co-organizers of Total System Failure, talk about the WE Charity scandal and draw comparisons with EWB.  They refer to Boris Martin (above … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

*by Chelsey Rhodes, March 8, 2020 A big thank you to the rest of my team, the wonderful Alex, Aakhil, and Johnny, who were endlessly supportive, strategic, and brave. Thanks also to those who donated, spoke up, wrote letters, started boycotts, called for resignations, sent kind encouragement, exited the organization in protest, and signed on … Continue reading You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

“Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Hello Boris [Boris Martin is current CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB], The last time we spoke was immediately after the EWBetter session in Ottawa at the Spring Leadership Retreat. I approached you and very directly said, to your face, that if you didn't solve the inherent issues within your management of this organization … Continue reading “Don’t Take the Whole Organization Down With You”: (Former) Chapter President Calls on Boris Martin to Resign

Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”

  *Podcast now available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization? CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY In this episode, Aspen Murray (above right) and Juliette Escande (above left), co-presidents of the McGill University chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada/ EWB, explain the events leading up … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3: “How do You Stand Up to Your Own Organization?”

EWB’s “Unknown Knowns”: A Round-Up of Lies, Denial, Manipulation, and Misogyny

*by Chelsey Rhodes In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld made a silly statement in response to a question on links between Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, that continues to be quoted in business and policy spheres today: There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to … Continue reading EWB’s “Unknown Knowns”: A Round-Up of Lies, Denial, Manipulation, and Misogyny