A crash course in changing the world.
I purchased an iPhone case awhile back that had recently broke. The iPhone case has a soft inner shell and a hard outer shell. Although I could go re-buy the same case, I only needed the outer shell so I looked on the company's website to see what my options were. In order to replace my outer case I had to: send a photo of the damaged part, my receipt, my shipping address and paypal e-mail address to the company to pay for shipping and I could get my hard case. I had to register for paypal…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 6:08pm — No Comments
I think that Bitcoin the virtual, no middle man currency is slowly changing the world. Bitcoins are very pivotal to the future of money due to the fact that there are no additional fees tied to using them. Transactions are also anonymous. No matter what your currency is there are several marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies. It is so convenient that you can send bitcoins digitally. Bitcoins can be mined/earned by solving…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 5:46pm — No Comments
On World Water Day in 2020, I would ask the wh*** planet to drastically conserve water by not using it. The frequently used mantra "you don't know what you've got until it is gone" applies perfectly to this situation. You really appreciate things when you can't use them. Imagine all the uses the world has for water such as cooking, sanitation, consumption and many other uses. A day without using water for all of its purposes would really puts into perspective how important water is, and it…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments
I would make an alliance with water 1st international. In order to further their water security effort I would not only donate to the cause but I would also help organize a 5K, like their Carry5 Walk for Water in Seattle. During the Carry5 Walk for Water, a participant has to experience what millions of people around the world have to do everyday, which is carry water for 5 kilometers. This occurs due to a lack of clean water locally. Participants in the 5k will know the taxing work of…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments
My favorite inspiring clean water project is water 1st International. What stood out to me is water 1st International's goal to create permanent solutions. Many organizations that provide water to areas in need typically create solutions that only last for a year or two. Water 1st International has found that in order for their efforts of providing water to last the projects must be independently owned and operated by community members themselves, place women in key leadership roles, and…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 4:56am — No Comments
On the 4th of July in 2020, everyone will be using a energy efficient gas grill for their BBQs. These grills are called the Cook Number Gas Grills which reduce energy consumption. Their energy consumption is half, or less than the average gas grill. If the US market shifted to Cook Number Gas Grills using just 30,000 BTUs/hour or equally efficient ones, we would save 30 Million barrels of crude oil/year.
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 3:03am — No Comments
Little changes in your day to day life can go a long way. Everyday I use a calculator and a TV remote that require AAA batteries. A new way to power my calculator and TV remote, in a more efficient fashion, is to use rechargeable batteries. Not only are these batteries a new better way to power, they also are less harmful to the environment.When taken to landfills, most normal batteries release harmful metals like mercury and lead into the environment. Since I will be reusing the…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 8, 2014 at 2:35am — No Comments
This week I found out how to use a cashiers check!! Before I never really understood what the difference was between a Cashier's check and a normal check, but my apartment needed a cashier's check for something instead of a normal check. So I had to go into my bank and get a cashiers check for the earnest money used in my home purchase. I didn't know how to do it, but luckily one of the teller's was willing to help out. The bank takes the amount of money you put on your cashiers check out of…Continue
Added by Taylor Nones on March 7, 2014 at 10:13pm — No Comments
I would not come to the EVOKE network for another season. The set up of the website can be confusing at times. Also, the assignments for this site can seem like busy work. Some don't seem like they are accomplishing anything or making the world a better place. The EVOKE network was a nice idea, but it needs a lot of changes.
Added by Danielle Cotillo on March 7, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments
I really like the idea of community currencies. If most people in the community use their specialized currency, it makes sure that the town or city's economy is not guaranteed to collapse if the national currency system breaks down. Particularly in underdeveloped communities I think this would be great because of the instability of the governments. Its a way to create a sense of monetary security within the town. Since there is one particular group using it, this system would also make sure…Continue
Added by Taylor Nones on March 7, 2014 at 4:51pm — No Comments
Under the How Do People React In A Pandemic? - I liked the section titled "Five states of reaction to a disaster." I feel know this five stages is great for anyone and everyone experiencing a pandemic to understand how they and others are feeling, and what to expect next from people. The five stages are:
Added by Danielle Cotillo on March 7, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments
I found an interesting case study in CBNRM Net's collection of cases. It's titled - "A New Approach to Community Involvement in the Management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, North Queensland, Australia." To manage the area, they reached out to community members with priority going toward users most affected by the decisions made because of their jobs or location.
I love the idea of involving the community because, by involving them, I believe the chances are higher…Continue
Added by Danielle Cotillo on March 7, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments
The Heros that I wrote about in social innovation actually pertain to this blog post. Imagine if you took a resource that that is seemingly everywhere and used it to generate electricity. Aviva Presser Aiden & Hugo Van Vuuren did just that. As leaders in energy technology, they used soil and its microbe inhabitants to generate microbial fuel which ultimately can be used to generate electricity. Groundbreaking energy technology such soil and its microbial fuel can lead to new…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 7, 2014 at 5:03am — No Comments
In 2020, I will be eating a nutritious meal with my family. I will know exactly where my food came from. It will be fresh and not mass produced. My food will not have growth hormones or additives that can be potentially harmful to my or my family's health. My food will be catered to my nutritional needs based on my genetics, as will my other family member's meals. My food will taste delicious.
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 7, 2014 at 4:19am — No Comments
To the family's of children with health problems that requires medical care, food insecurity can become an issue. The Ronald McDonald House helps provide shelter and food security for those families that are just trying to get their child back to normal health. Through my sorority, I am lucky enough to help out my community by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. At RMH, I help cook meals for the residents, in order to make the worry of food security one less burden. Helping out as RMH…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 7, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments
The World Health Organization defines food security as, “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, food to maintain a healthy and active life.” Alachua County has a Poverty Reduction Program set in place in order to address food security with sustainable practices. Alachua County “has expanded its purview from a focus on immediate hunger and food security matters to include the sustainability of individuals and their families, as well as the sustainability of…Continue
Added by Amy Reisberg on March 7, 2014 at 2:53am — No Comments
I like the work that Water for People is doing. I'm donating money to parter with this organization to bring clean water to people. Water For People helps people in developing countries improve the quality of life by supporting drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs. 783 million people don't have access to clean drinking water and 2.5 billion don't have clean facilities, and I feel like WFP understands that this is aright we shouldn't stand for. Every…Continue
Added by Taylor Nones on March 7, 2014 at 12:16am — No Comments
Recently, I downloaded and used a new app on my phone, Venmo. Venmo allows one to connect with people and transfer money from their bank account to another person's. I first used Venmo about 2 weeks ago when paying one of the leaders of a student organization I am involved with for a t-shirt via the app. I have to admit, at first I was very skeptical about entering all of my bank account information and "wiring" money through an app on my iPhone. However, thus far I have been more than…Continue
Added by Colby Royce on March 6, 2014 at 6:07pm — No Comments
I think the biggest change we will see in the future in regards to money is the form in which we possess money. Soon, I think long will be the days of carrying around a wallet with paper money and coins. Bitcoins is an innovative form of money I have been hearing about more and more recently in the news. Although, Bitcoins are still very new and there are many kinks to be worked out in the system, I do believe it is the future of money. Bitcoins allows one to "mine" for electronic money on…Continue
Added by Colby Royce on March 6, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments
In the past, Yani Madrid, a 37-year-old mother of three children, walked every morning before dawn to the nearest, unsafe, water source in the Honduran district of San Antonio de Cortés.
“Every day was the same thing. I carried two buckets to fill with water so we could have water at home to drink and cook," she says with a soft laugh.
Filled to the brim, the 60-pound buckets of water hammered her shoulders as she walked two hours, sometimes multiple times a day. Yani's children,…
Added by Taylor Nones on March 6, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments