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A Watery Thanksgiving - 24 March 2020

Harvest festivals are one of my favorite kinds of celebratory events. People share their bounty, but at the same time are reminded of the hard work that goes into the production. Furthermore, just about every culture has some sort of harvest festival. In the US, we have Thanksgiving. At my field site in Mozambique, people celebrate the First Fruits by thanking their ancestors for helping to bring the rains that water the crops, grow the gra**** that fatten the cattle and edible… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 1:48am — 2 Comments

Access to Clean Water

My ACT4 is a follow up to my LEARN4, and I think it fits nicely.

The Swiss NGO, SODIS, has made many teaching materials available on their website. Their methods for disinfecting water are quite simple and use materials that are readily available to folks throughout the world.

I will either be working in Tanzania or Ghana this summer. And I know I will be returning to work in… Continue

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

SODIS and my next research trip

This month's National Geographic issue is all about water. I was so excited to get it in the mail last Friday because I knew there would be something to spark me off for EVOKE. Plus, I just love NatGeo. I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't read hundreds of those little yellow bordered magazines as a kid.

Anyway, I opened up to page following the Visions of Earth section and immediately got inspired by… Continue

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 3:04am — 2 Comments

I want to help You succeed

"He who does not know one thing knows another" – Kenyan proverb

I don’t know gaming, and from my last post, you’ll know that I am…


Posted on March 30, 2010 at 2:13am — 4 Comments

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At 7:32pm on March 30, 2010, Ternura Rojas said…
Hi there! thanks for adding me, really mean it. I like your posts, I think we can make a good team someday ;-). Ternura
At 5:00pm on March 24, 2010, Ayala Sherbow said…
thanks for your comment re: trying to figure out our roles, Jen. I've *really* stepped back in the last week -- for lots of reasons. Needing to step up my attention to responsibilities at home, feeling overwhelmed with this "game", not feeling like I had a meaningful contribution on the power mission [and not wanting to submit posts as "busywork" just to meet the letter but not the spirit of the challenge] and -- i hate to admit -- a nascent cynicism about some of it. i haven't exactly quit evoke yet -- but i am going into watcher mode...
At 8:11pm on March 21, 2010, Sylvain Ratelle said…
hello Jen, sustainable and renewable are for sure the mid to long term goal, thanks
At 1:22pm on March 12, 2010, Shakwei Mbindyo said…
Hey Jen, yes these are just burlup sacks made of sisal. The project was started in Kenya by a French non-profit Solidarite - http://www.solidarites.org/ which offers additional info in both English and French.
At 7:23am on March 6, 2010, Raymond M. Kristiansen said…
i LOVE this sentence from your quest: "I am not afraid to stick my neck out and make a fool of myself if it will help someone or help me learn something that might eventually help someone."

thanks for the reminder. we shouldnt be afraid of making mistakes.
At 4:15am on March 6, 2010, Brandon Spearman said…
Hey Jen! I look forward to EVOKE-ing with you. You seem to have some amazing ideas and this is only the beginning!
At 4:27am on March 5, 2010, Brandon Snyder said…
Absolutely. I am in!
At 2:21am on March 5, 2010, Fernando Santos said…
Olá, muito prazer também Jen! I studied resilience in regional development and I delivered my PhD thesis in the beginning of the year! I used a portuguese region (Alentejo) as case study! I saw in profile several common key words ... adaptation, anticipation, learning ... nice! And Mozambique (never been there) must be an amazing place for "resilience thinking"! We'll keep in touch!
At 1:34am on March 5, 2010, Kavitha said…
I love your profile too Jen :D I think we will have much to say :D
At 9:06pm on March 4, 2010, Vincent Aceron said…
Hey Jen Thanks for the add ... Even in our first days we have already taken steps for change just by meeting everyone from EVOKE. I look forward to working with you and all of the other agents!

BRING IT !!!!!!!!!

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