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10 Years from Today

10;00 AM, somewhere in South America. I rise, walk over to the concrete patio of our "off-the-grid" house that overlooks the ocean. Laying out my yoga mat, I spend an hour doing poses to maintain my flexibility, listening only to the sounds of the water below and the birds in the nearby trees.

It's taken 4 years for the house to go up. Reclaimed wood, geothermal heating and solar electricity are all doing their part to make sure I'm no longer contributing to the burning of coal-fired… Continue

Posted on May 15, 2010 at 6:09am

And the Winner Is....

I wrote last time about leverage - the idea of a turning a small applied force into a large one. Archimedes posited that there are "3 simple machines" - levers, pulleys and screws. So the principle of leverage is one that is over 2000 years old. While nominally a term used in physics, it can act as a metaphor for behavior and innovation as well.

People are points of leverage too. A man like Ghandi, he did something much bigger… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 5:30am — 6 Comments


...is the mother of invention, right?

I just finished reading the blog post at Design in Africa which dealt with the issue of how to innovate in a country where resources and financing are constrained. Four different authors shared the benefit of their experience to describe how to best create leverage.

I've become obsessed with the idea of leverage, of late.

Archimedes famously… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

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At 8:47am on March 19, 2010, Agent H said…
I posted a video from The Stop in Toronto, about community gardening. If you haven't acted on food security yet, perhaps this is something we could work on with others in Toronto? Here's the link:
Send me a friend request and I'll respond asap.
At 2:10pm on March 6, 2010, Jake Baird said…
Hey nice to see you on the EVOKE network. If you would like I can take a browse through your submissions. Take a look at my profile too. There is a lot and I don't expect you to get through it all. :)
At 4:49am on March 5, 2010, Marc Skaf said…
Thanks for accepting Ian, look forward to your latest blogs!

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