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The End Game

So there's a topic up and running in the discussion forums about using EVOKE as a platform for actual collaborative projects. Alchemy showed up to chip in his two cents, and linked to this post made back in January, about the culmination of the next ten weeks of efforts.

This got me thinking.… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 11:13am — 7 Comments

IMAGINE1: Imagining My Future

To try to guess where I'll be ten years from now is a fool's errand. But thankfully, we weren't asked to soothsay, only to spell out our vision of our best-case future as we imagine it. Obviously, that makes my job considerably easier. My best-case scenario goes something like this.

Within the next several years, I will essentially be financially secure and independent, thanks to early entrepreneurial work in the nascent e-books market. After working on an innovative technology to… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 6:30am

ACT1: SolarAid -- Bringing Clean Energy to Africa, One Step at a Time

SolarAid is quite possibly one of the best social entrepreneurial models out there when it comes to bringing clean energy to Africa. Their own summary of their overarching strategy describes it better than I ever could -- give it a good look.

I found them through a simple Google search for "bringing clean energy to Africa," hoping to find some organization that was somewhat close to my original idea of bringing fuel cell… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

LEARN1: The Secrets of Social Innovation

Having read the prescribed Design in Africa blog post, I found author Dave Tait's tips most intriguing. All 33 were all insightful, but Dave's #2 tip, "Think creatively" stood out most for me, mainly because of its description: "start big, use constraints as a filter and find the simplest solutions."

This, to me, seems to be the best way to approach the sorts… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

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At 11:14pm on April 24, 2010, Gabriel Martin said…
People would love to hear from you it seems... ^_^
At 11:42am on March 5, 2010, Yemisi Ajumobi said…
Yes I second that David. you know what will be even cooler? Making it to the EVOKE Summit in DC, taking pictures and having it put up in our respective schools and having the consortium acknowledge us model students and Alumni who are changing the world...Awesomess!!! I'm sure there's plenty more of us on EVOKE, let's keep an eye out and keep the innovative ideas flowing :D
At 7:53am on March 5, 2010, Yemisi Ajumobi said…
I know David, we're definitely going to have great and interesting conversations on the network. Check out another EVOKE agent from Claremont. http://www.urgentevoke.com/profile/KarenRustad. Karen graduated from Scripps. Be sure to add her as a friend if you've not done so already. Here's to repping a great consortium bringing the best energy forward.
At 3:25pm on March 4, 2010, Monica Toth said…
Sabah al khair, David! Glad to find another basic Arabic speaker! I tried to put the script in my profile, but it turned into question marks once I hit Publish. So it goes.

I thought your post on SolarAid was marvelous; I'm looking forward to reading more. I think clean homebrew energy is essential not only in remote developing areas, but here in the United States. If we better understood the cost and effort it takes to generate electricity, I think we would be better stewards of it. That's why I'm inspired by things like Tweet-a-Watt and bike-powered smoothie machines. Small steps, yes, but eloquent ones.
At 12:34pm on March 4, 2010, Yemisi Ajumobi said…
I know right what are the odds...I got my Masters in HR Management (focus in Healthcare Management)....considering a second Masters very soon, MPH in Global Health and International Development.

Your posts were great, looking forward to more posts and power voting for you. Also looking forward to discussing ideas on social innovation and actively collaborating on the network with you...Yay for CLAREMONT!
At 11:59am on March 4, 2010, Bruce Haynes said…
Yo David im excited to have connected with you, I would value your feedback on my ACT1 video post!
At 10:54am on March 4, 2010, Yemisi Ajumobi said…
Welcome to the EVOKE network David. Interesting to note you go to CMC. I recently just got my Masters degree from Claremont. Looking forward to checking out all your evidence.

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