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Imagine8

When I am 100 years old the traditional knowledge I would like to be retained would be the different types of martial arts I have learned. I feel that martial arts not only keep the body in great physical shape but when taken seriously and applied to life help one lead a more peaceful life. With the increase in technology many different types of hand to hand combat have been pushed aside. This type of training brings people together.

Added by Jeffrey Smeriglio on April 15, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Learn8

The case study I found was on the Inuit way of hunting seal. Due to the recent increase in demand for seal fat the market has become increasingly flooded. What was once 100 dollars a pelt is now luck to get 15. The way the Inuit traditionally hunt is considered humane. The way that companies who harvest their pelts conduct hunts offends many animal rights activists. This shows how the indigenous knowledge has worked for years and is now in danger.

Added by Jeffrey Smeriglio on April 15, 2015 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Act 1 My Social Innovator

I chose Julia Watson as my social innovator hero and shadow. She is showing herself to be a leader in biodiversity conservation community. She is helping support local conservation communities and inhabitants of cultural landscapes. She does this by fostering relationships and building allies that support each other giving maximum development impact "with minimum impact pressure". She truly is making a change and is someone to look up in this community of heroes.

Added by Rico Angel Rodriguez on April 15, 2015 at 2:11am — No Comments

Create "transparent" Technologies

I learned the secret to create "transparent" technologies. There is no set boundaries to the innovation that someone can put forth for the greater good. Who says that you can't build children's playground equipment such as swings that could power a water pump to a village somewhere. Or that we can't create windmills that are inside of the spaces in mountainous areas to power and assist the local people. I truly believe that their are so many technologies that are right in front us out in the…

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Added by Rico Angel Rodriguez on April 15, 2015 at 2:02am — No Comments

Imagination 8

NYC started out as woodlands and farms. Over time, it developed into the metropolis that it is today. As we head into the future, I want to make sure that the city is in good hands. In 100 years, New York will be a very different place. In the past 100 years, the city has gone through countless changes as technology advanced. In the next 100 years, I can't imagine how many more changes it will undergo. It will be important to safeguard our green spaces like Central and Prospect parks, we…

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Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Act 8

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/04/07/those-drunk-indians-what-indigenous-women-face-daily-canada-and-beyond-159919

From this article, I found that Native Americans in Canada are ridiculed and looked down upon as alcoholics. In the United States, Native Americans are often viewed in that same light. This is unfair to them. Not…

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Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Imagine 7

I do not know how to make a map, but I can talk about the improved resiliency of New York. By 2015, we hope to have build proper seawalls on the shores to combat large waves during storms. We also hope to have completed more advanced training with regards to first responders, as these guys are the first ones on the scene. I also hope to have educated the citizens on what to do when disaster strikes.

Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

NYC Resiliency Plan

By looking on the City of New York website, I found out about parts of NYC's plan to combat disasters and other issues. Hurricane Sandy hit us hard back in 2012, and since then, the city has developed a plan to deal with future hurricanes and large storms. This includes fortifying the coastal seawalls on the city's shores, and making sure that we have enough backup generators in case the power goes out. It also takes into account how first responders will assist the public. Police and fire…

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Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Learn 8

The Inuit people hunt for seal commercially. I found this story on the website, and the Inuit's are an indigenous people. This is an interesting story because the article says that "commercial seal hunting only brings in $500,000, compared to $2,000,000 for the seal watching tourism industry." This leads to a conflict. Also, it is hard to support a family on a seal hunter's salary. This is a reason why some Inuit's are not well off.…



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Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Learn

Ushahidi can help us out by guiding us through these issues or disasters. A problem that has affected me has been power outages. In this case, it is important to have a backup generator at the ready, as that will provide you with a source of power until the regular power comes back on. At the same time, you should also have non-perishable food available, as refrigerators and ovens will not work. As always, be prepared.

Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments

Power outages could be a big problem in my area. Usahidi could help me and my fellow citizens become better prepared by helping guide us through the process. In the event of a power outage, we should…

Power outages could be a big problem in my area. Usahidi could help me and my fellow citizens become better prepared by helping guide us through the process. In the event of a power outage, we should always have backup generators (if applicable) available and ready to go. This will help us by giving us a source of power, albeit a small one, until everything else is fixed. Also, it is important to have non-perishable food on hand, as with no power, a refrigerator or oven will not work. As…

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Added by Chris Vanacore on April 9, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Learn 7

Charleston, South Carolina sits right on a fault line between two tectonic plates. We experience minor earthquakes with some regularity and, as recently as the 1850's, experienced one that caused serious damage. Should such a tragedy strike again, Ushahidi could prove invaluable. This service would allow people to tell rescuers where they were if they were to be trapped under rubble. In fact, anyone at all could use it to tell the rescuers where they were needed and what type of assistance…

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Added by Nick Buehring on April 9, 2015 at 2:19am — No Comments

LEARN5- Future of Money

What creative solution do you think will make the biggest change in how we use money in the future? Pick your favorite experiment and tell the EVOKE network why you think it will change the world.

Of the proposed experiments and financial solutions, the community focused trade organizations, such as World of Good, have the greatest potential for stewarding forward a more prosperous future for developing regions. The group taps into impoverished artisans to help foster community…

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Added by Spencer Lukas on April 9, 2015 at 2:06am — No Comments

Act 7

Charleston, South Carolina is very committed to preserving the local environment and have a variety of plans in place to keep it the most beautiful city in the world. First, the city recently sunk a couple of old ships off the coast so that they could form a reef. By all reports, the results have been great, with many species who had previously seen their numbers dwindling, now making a comeback. Charleston has also started pouring huge piles of old oyster shells (which we have in abundance…

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Added by Nick Buehring on April 9, 2015 at 1:56am — No Comments

Imagine 7

I was not able to make the map function work properly, but I will write about how my city looks in the future. We have established low-cost housing along the northern end of the peninsula. We have also found employment for all of these people as sanitation workers, park workers in our numerous parks, and performing a variety of conservation projects around the shores to combat erosion and promote greater biodiversity in the aquatic wildlife. We have also established a number of new schools…

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Added by Nick Buehring on April 9, 2015 at 1:49am — No Comments

Learn 6

I chose to write about an article from February of 2015 about gender-based violence in Somalia. As everyone knows, many areas of the Islamic world have very backwards views as to how to deal with cases of rape. The article said that in Somalia, many victims are forced to marry their attackers. In many other areas, the woman can be punished for having extramarital congress because they see it as her fault for having tempted the man. This is a horrible way to treat these women who have already…

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Added by Nick Buehring on April 9, 2015 at 12:59am — No Comments

learn1

"As a college student the "live on $2 a week" is a key secret. Understanding this lack of finances ties directly into lack of resources. The difference between buying a bottle of water and drinking some dirty water is as simple as a budget…"

Added by Ted Sieban on April 9, 2015 at 12:27am — No Comments

Act1

"For my role model I have chosen Michael Bloomberg. As mayor the NYC he refused a salary, mainly because he was making millions from his investment company, but he was dedicated as mayor to improve the city and move homeless people into halfway…"

Added by Ted Sieban on April 9, 2015 at 12:26am — No Comments

Imagine1

In 2020, I hope to be a law enforcement officer and an officer in the national guard. I am hoping to be well deep in service my community and country. Hopefully by that time I will be married and looking forward to having a family and building my…"

Added by Ted Sieban on April 9, 2015 at 12:25am — No Comments

LEARN1- Social Innovator

My favorite, and perhaps most needed social innovation today, is

"Don’t fight culture (If people cook by stirring their stews, they’re not going to use a solar oven, no matter what you do to market it. Make them a better stove instead.)"

This simple idea has two meanings. First, it shows that the injustice of poverty and instability does not have a cookie cutter answer. Rather, it takes domestic and well educated responses that address the factors that drove a culture to suffer…

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Added by Spencer Lukas on April 7, 2015 at 3:52am — No Comments

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LEARN5- Future of Money

What creative solution do you think will make the biggest change in how we use money in the future? Pick your favorite experiment and tell the EVOKE network why you think it will change the world.Of the proposed experiments and financial solutions, the community focused trade organizations, such as World of Good, have the greatest potential for stewarding forward a more prosperous future for developing regions. The group taps into impoverished artisans to help foster community economies by…See More
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LEARN1- Social Innovator

My favorite, and perhaps most needed social innovation today, is "Don’t fight culture (If people cook by stirring their stews, they’re not going to use a solar oven, no matter what you do to market it. Make them a better stove instead.)"This simple idea has two meanings. First, it shows that the injustice of poverty and instability does not have a cookie cutter answer. Rather, it takes domestic and well educated responses that address the factors that drove a culture to suffer so, such as from…See More
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