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March 2010 Blog Posts (10,228)

People with problems are not the problem : they're the solution.

This rules seems the more important to me : don't pretend to know what people lives.

Experts are educated in universities, that are socially and historically determined. We can't just wait for experts to analyze a social problem, or try to be an expert.

1/ People must find their own solutions.

2/ People must be part of this solutions.

The better exemple is the Foucault's commitment against prisons in the 70's. Some rules… Continue

Added by Grégory Meurant on March 3, 2010 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

My favorite secret of social innovation.

My favorite secret of social innovation is that coming up with a solution to a problem on limited resources requires using existing platforms upon which to build a solution. Bringing in new technology or products requires massive amounts of resources. Therefore, being creative in finding a solution using existing platforms will bring about change more quickly.

Added by Joe Grover on March 3, 2010 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

Mike Feinberg KIPP

I chose to follow Mike Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg created the Knowledge Is Power Program <KIPP> the objective of this program was to prepare children in underserved area with the skills and education they will need to go to college.

He does this by extending the schools hours, and days the students attend. It is a pre-k to 12th grade school, and hopefully it will set a new standard for all schools.

The schools also contract the parents to dedicate their time to the success of…


Added by Brian Hunt on March 3, 2010 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

2020...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) [Mission 1.3]

Today is March 3rd, 2020 and I have been dancing for five hours in this crazy red rock desert. The quarter moon works its way slowly across the sky, marking our ritual progress. Friends are here too, bodies pulsing rhythmically or beating the drums in frenzied time, their active tattoos weaving bright contrails of color in the darkness. Photos are taken, videos uploaded; evidence for the mission. We are gamers, and we play a long game.

Ten years ago I went into…

Added by Gene Becker on March 3, 2010 at 9:16am — 11 Comments

Biggest secret, not only for evoking!

Think like a child – children have no limit to their thinking. (Paul Polak via… Continue

Added by Vyacheslav Khyzhnyak on March 3, 2010 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

Listen, Indulge, Learn, Teach

It is better to teach a life long skill rather than giving the final product up front. Education is something that one can never lose or run out of unlike the final product. Taking from an ancient saying, "It is better to teach one how to fish with a net then to just give them the fish because the fish is only temporary but the…

Added by Brandon Burger on March 3, 2010 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

"Problems are not always obvious from afar (You really have to live for a while in a society where no one has currency larger than a $1 bill to understand the importance of money via mobile phones.)"…

"Problems are not always obvious from afar (You really have to live for

a while in a society where no one has currency larger than a $1 bill to

understand the importance of money via mobile phones.)


I will be frank and honest - I don't know what it is like to live in Africa beyond what I have read in the original mission files regarding living on one dollar a day. It… Continue

Added by Ryan Joshua Tiner on March 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

LEARN1: Talk to the people who have the problem – and LISTEN to what they have to say

One of the major problems of the world we live in is how impartial we are to the problems of other people. If people would just stop and listen to the weak, sick and hungry across the world I am sure that more would be stirred into action to help them. To understand a problem you need to stop and take time to learn about it first. Throwing…


Added by Justin Currie on March 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Learn 1 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

I like this quote a lot.
It is so easy for us to over-engineer in design. It is almost as if we feel a need to make things more complicated than they have to be. I am always impressed when I see a very simple solution to a complex problem. This is the wonder of duck tape. It does the job, almost as effectively, of about a million different adhesives, while costing next to nothing to produce. Keeping designs simple is a very important thing that, I think, every innovator should keep in…

Added by Kenny O'Connor on March 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Understand that you are the same.

Everyone has unique ideas. This is a modern age were duplicate ideas can be found with a simple Google search. I, like everyone else, wait for the real problems we must face. You know it, but saying it seems tactless.

Added by Nick Justnick on March 3, 2010 at 8:58am — 2 Comments

In 2020 I will be...

In the year 2020, I will still be here in my home with my family. I will be making a better world by continueing to educate the children we take care of in the ways of society, teaching respect, kindness, and empathy.

These are all very important aspects of society, and ones that often get over looked in our busy lives. We also continue to educate the children in the alphabet, numbers, colors, and give them a taste of other cultures and languages.

I will also be running my own…


Added by Brian Hunt on March 3, 2010 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

Don't fight the Culture -- Join the Culture

When I visit the family of a friend as they're preparing a meal for a gathering, it's always interesting and enlightening to watch the family dynamics. Watch who gets stuck stirring the pot, who is peeling the potatoes, who runs behind to clean the dishes or do they wait until the last plate is pushed away before jumping in on clean up? Every family has its own rhythm and way of doing things. Jumping in and trying to do things our way in some attempt at improving what they're doing can be seen… Continue

Added by Lissa on March 3, 2010 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

Think like a child!

I choose this secret to share. It was something I never really considered as something to do, but anytime I am trying to come up with a bigger and better way to do something, or improve something, I do just that.

I don't think in the negative about what can't be done, or how it shouldn't be done. I look at it like a child would, with a Why can't I do it that way, and why wouldn't that work.

It's a matter of curiosity, and feeding that curiosity with facts that either promote or…


Added by Brian Hunt on March 3, 2010 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

What you have is more important than what you lack...

Understanding this point is essential to solving any economic dilemma. Rather than relying on new capital for the economic development of a place, it can be equally beneficial (as well as more sustainable) to focus on innovations using existing resources and infrastructures. Fostering place-based economies is never a bad idea.

Added by Tim Hendrick on March 3, 2010 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Well now

I think you should ask me some questions. Or should I follow the herd and feed to an already cluttered discussion on unoriginal ideas. Go on, engage me. I won't waste my time on "busywork".

Added by Nick Justnick on March 3, 2010 at 8:41am — 4 Comments

It puts it all into perspective.

I think that if we all think about how would we live on $2 a day, or $60 a month. How would that be possible. I mean if rent for the most part is $500, depending on where you live. I think that most people can't fathom true poverty until they realize that some people on Earth live on less than $30 a month.

Added by Ethan Brockman on March 3, 2010 at 8:32am — No Comments

Innovation comes from constraint

A lot of innovation arises when there is a need resulting from a shortage of resources. This is the science of economics that is developed on this very fact. Innovation looks to address the problems created by shortage by finding solutions with methods that are cheaper, more effective and easier to implement.

Added by Dylan Ross Weimann on March 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

LEARN 1: A Walk In Your Shoes.

"Problems are not always obvious from afar (You really have to live for

a while in a society where no one has currency larger than a $1 bill to

understand the importance of money via mobile phones.)"

You never really know what someone's life is like until you have

experienced it for yourself. As Americans, most of us have grown up with our basic needs met along with thousands of luxuries that make our lives easier. Since we are raised with objects such as microwaves,… Continue

Added by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Constraint - My First Blog Post!

One of the secrets I learned on my mission was that constraint encourages innovation. That is- NOT having all of the tools you think you need to do a job can actually cause you to create new uses for new tools.

It reminds me a bit of the scene in Apollo 13 in which they have to figure out how to insert a square object into a round h*** (or maybe it was the other way around... or maybe I'm totally oversimplifying the crisis)... My point is that they did it. Even thought it at first… Continue

Added by Courtney Hoskins on March 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Freedom of Constraint

"Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few

resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)"

There are far more people in the world that want positive social change than ever achieve it and though in part the reason for this waste of potential for altruism is due to the structural limitations of many societies, there is a far simpler, more insidious reason that so many well meaning individuals never make good on their desire to help… Continue

Added by Rory Breasail on March 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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