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March 2010 Blog Posts (10,228)

Depleted Water Tables

For a truly shocking action on par with the world-record breaking toilet line, I envision having people worldwide build a some kind of tower - possibly a human tower - the same height as the amount which the groundwater table has been depleted in the local area. This should show people how much they have depleted their local groundwater table and remind them to conserve water. Also, because it relies on local measures of the groundwater tables, it should be more poignant to more people since it… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 6:12pm — 13 Comments

IMAGINE4 vGlobal Day ~ March 24 2020 ~ Avatar Action Summit

I imagine virtual reality will have advanced by the year 2020 to work on hand-held devices eliminating the need for high-speed access and high-end computers. This means people from all over the world will be able to virtually connect and collaborate, a global meeting of the minds. Here's the poster from my event, vGLOBAL DAY the first Avatar Action Summit. Be there.

Added by Buffy B on March 31, 2010 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Provide Skills: The importance of knowledge

I am a great believer in knowledge.

I am young. So naturally I am grateful that I understand it's importance early in life.

As with any issue, one always begins with a problem. Throughout our short time on Earth we have done much to try to dream up and create solutions to obvious problems. I am no genius, but i have a grasp of mathematics. I quickly realised that it is much more productive to show HOW a problem is solved rather than someone simply doing the sum in front of you.… Continue

Added by Conor Fenlon on March 31, 2010 at 6:08pm — No Comments

The Zambesi River and The International Crane Foundation

A few miles away from where I live is The International Crane

Foundation which is dedicated to the idea of establishing self-sustaining

populations of all the crane species in the world. One of their

underlying ideas is that to carry out their mission the entire

community surrounding each required bird environment must be brought

into the project. One result is that sustainability is achieved for

many other things under the cover of the highly visible… Continue

Added by Eugene Robkin on March 31, 2010 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

Calvin deWitt

Agents have talked about spiritual values in dealing with the many issues raised by the EVOKE challenge and I think have shied away from explicit theology.

For an outright theological view I recommend the work of Calvin deWitt. Rather than explain any of it, it is simpler to direct you to his writings. I think he has had a very important influence on achieving goals shared by many here. He spoke in a course my colleague and I constructed some years ago on many of the same water issues… Continue

Added by Eugene Robkin on March 31, 2010 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Social Innovator

I believe that one of the most fundamental traits in being a social innovator/entrepreneur is being able to actually understand the problems that face us as africans and the rest of the world. Alot of the time we don't actually have a clear understanding of what the problem is so we don't deal with it effectively. Ideally what should happen is that we should tackle the roots of certain "socio-economic" problems. For instance, one could say that poverty is a root of prostitution and child… Continue

Added by Grant Davis on March 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Food Security

I became a fan of the page "Community Food Security Coalition" on facebook to help spread the idea of developing sustainable sources of natural and nutritious food sources. I also commented on their fan page and contributed my ideas concerning food sustainability and the importance of finding more reliable and permanant sources of healthy foods.

Added by CML on March 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Food Security

One of the biggest problems with food security near my town is being able to afford a steady and nutritious diet. Just from talking to people that I work with, I know that it's difficult for people to afford healthy foods for their families and children. It's difficult for people to pay for necessities, like a home or apartment, a car, and clothing, and still have adequate money to purchase healthy food supplies. People end up buying proccessed foods that are loaded with unhealthy preservatives… Continue

Added by CML on March 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

In 2020

In 2020, I hope to be in the midst of life's successes. My work will fulfill me daily as I enjoy the fruits of my labors and have built a company that is sustaining and worthwhile to the employees as shareholders. Each day I will look forward to challenges that I face as a husband, father, employer, coach, leader, and citizen.

Is there any question that in 10 more years the world will be facing even more difficult problems? Standing for something by striving to make a…


Added by Troy Stapley on March 31, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Not Heroes but Mentors and Confidants

I have heroes in my life but for the most part they are people that I don't have close contact with and track what they do and how they live their lives from a distance. Lately howeve I have been making more of an effort to reconnect with friends and past associates that I value as mentors and confidants. I have scheduled time to go out to lunch with them more often, email an article I find interesting and ask for their imput. I guess in a way they are my heroes but I tend to think of them…


Added by Troy Stapley on March 31, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Imagine 3

It is just before the 2020 Olympic games and the world is ready for yet another wonderful event. In Greece, people have gathered to celebrate the 32nd event of the age-old tradition that has seen some of the most powerful people in the world. The celebrations are certainly going to continue right through the night and the energy demands will be high. But thanks to the brilliance of a group of scientists, a solution is here to assist in this… Continue

Added by Matthew Golesworthy on March 31, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Dinner in 2020

I will be having dinner with my family. The meal will be well known traditional meal eaten in the northern parts of Namibai-Oshifima(pap) with fresh chicken with traditional cooking oil made from the inner part of the marula fruit seed and fresh vegetables and fruits for desert. The oshifima will be made from special type of maize flour grown in northern namibia. The maize will be grown on my farm and the vegetables will come from my garden in the backyard. The fruit for desert will be grapes… Continue

Added by Hafeni on March 31, 2010 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Social Innovation

Ten years from now, I want to be working somewhere in the medical field, most likely in trauma or emergency care. I would like to be able to participate in the various medical trips to third world countries that surgical groups participate in, like Hands Across the World (handsacrossworld.com). Hands Across the World is a non-profit group of surgeons that make a 1 week trip every year to a poor village in Ecuador. They do hundreds of surgeries and provide free services and any medical attention… Continue

Added by CML on March 31, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Social Innovation

I joined the facebook group "Global Water Challenge". This non-profit group is helping people around the world who don't have access to adequate drinking water. The group sells merchandise with their logo on it and also takes donations and holds charity walks to raise funding for their project. This group is devoted to helping solve the problem of insanitary water supplies across the globe.

Added by CML on March 31, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Social innovation

"What you have matters more than what you lack (If you’ve got a bicycle, consider what you can build based on that, rather than worrying about not having a car, a truck, a metal shop.) "

This was my favorite idea because it can be applied to almost any situation. There is almost always one method that will work for a given problem, regardless of the limitations and restrictions that exist. Sometimes it may take longer to figure out a solution, and it may not always be simple,…


Added by CML on March 31, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Food fight

I leave in the US, where feeding yourself is not the issue but what you feed yourself and how you feed. However in my home country of Nigeria Food security is an issue. In Nigeria it is how Food is been produced by farmers that is the cause of concern.

Let me make this clear Nigeria has enough agricultural resources to feed most countries in west Africa. In fact Nigeria has been helping to provide food items for other African nation. The problem with food production in Nigeria is… Continue

Added by Kola Aderinto on March 31, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Celebration 2020

We have a family celebration for the Spring and Fall equinox that we made up our selves. One major part of it is the use of candles, and of course a big dinner. Mostly we have fresh food, but there is cooking involved. I can imagine adding a fun twist to our celebration that we try living the wh*** day without modern technology. Figure out how to cook over a fire or in a sun oven. Turn off the computers and cell phones for the day. Walk everywhere we need to go. That would be interesting.

Added by Amanda on March 31, 2010 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

Three weeks without missions or quests completed

During the second week, I decided to not complete any missions for a few weeks, or quests, to see how it affected my gameplay. I also took more of a remote view on the game. Logging in now and then, writing something, commenting a bit, but mostly viewing. Reading. Registering.

Here we are, in week four. My week 2 mission where I sent an email to a few researchers failed. No reply from them.…

Added by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 31, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

What are you eating for dinner in 2020?

March 10, 2020

Earlier we went shopping at our local farmer's market. (which in 2010 doesn't exist) We bought a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that were grown locally. We grow fresh herbs, just enough for ourselves. But tonight we decided to eat out. There's a nice little cafe here that makes only a few dishes a night, but everything is made from locally grown/produced venues. Their food is really good!

Added by Amanda on March 31, 2010 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

biggest challenge to food security

One of the biggest challenges to food security in Grahamstown (eastern cape-South africa) is the high unemployment rate which is currently hovering at around 70%. People are struggling to feed their families especially when they spend most of their time job hunting which proves to be unsuccesful most of the time especially now when most industries closed down.

One of the major projects currently running to help fight food problems are the…


Added by Hafeni on March 31, 2010 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

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