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March 2011 Blog Posts (44)

poor people

Well its true people shouldn't talk unless they live the life.So I can't imagine living without less then a dollar I think the country she help people like that.Yea some of those people must make an effort to want to get out from that kind of life.

Added by Jimmy Zepeda on March 31, 2011 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Secrets to #1

I think that everyone should be think of others.
I think everyone should treat others how they want to be treated.
Everyone wants money but they know they can also just give it way and have in hand and in mind that they did something nice for someone.
Everything cost and somethings just don't.
Everyone should help each other and some day they will help you.

Added by Anai Izabeth Martinez on March 31, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Secrets to #1

Remember to use the supplies already available in the area you are trying to help. It is not cost effective to bring in or ship supplies from others countries unless absolutely necessary. Make a list of what is available.

Then make sure that natives or locals are involved in the creation and innovation of new ideas. Nationals need to have ownership in all decisions and activities.

Added by Carol Mendenall on March 31, 2011 at 9:04pm — 1 Comment

Help people to help themselves

There were a lot of secrets mentioned in the blog, you have to think about. But the one that impressed me most were "Provide skills, not just finished technologies". 

The first thing that came to my mind after reading this was a quote by Confucius:

"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for life."

You can see it everywhere on earth or in the society that…


Added by Enrico Strobel on March 31, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Secrets #1

I think the best secret they have is the $2 a day. There is people like me that in one day the spend up to $150 a day. If we had that rule of just $2 a day we might have more money. Maybe we could do that during the week we only spend no more then $10. On the weekends they can spend as much as they want.

Added by Melissa Plascencia on March 31, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments


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.)

Added by charlie Bradford on March 31, 2011 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment


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.)

Added by charlie Bradford on March 31, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Where U.S. Food Comes from in 2020 and Beyond

It's dinner time and my family and I sit down to eat. We have a relatively common meal. After all, tastes should have not changed drastically in the past ten years. However, the places from which and means through which our food is processed have shifted.

Below is a rundown of where our food came from in the past.

  • 100% of our chicken was made in the USA and purchased at the supermarket 
  • 90% of our vegetables were made in the USA and purchased at the…

Added by John M. Quick on March 31, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

A very big issue: "No Child Left Behind"

I think the next topic we should conquer is education, or lack there of. This is pretty broad but many children through out the world have no education. Some countries with a wealth of information and resource have poor education. Crazy, isn't it?

This topic is very tricky, but more simply, I am talking about ensuring every child around the world get a great education. Some of the poorest countries in the world have no education systems, and with no education system a child is left… Continue

Added by Angela D'Alessandro - Whiting on March 31, 2011 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

Why Innovation Should Work With Culture.

I believe that working with the culture of a place will help with innovation for many reasons. One is that people of all backgrounds are more open to change and development if they know that their traditions will be kept safe. By paying close attention to important cultural traditions, innovators will also be able to see how the people have worked with their surroundings in the past and how they are used to living their lives. As well working with the land instead of against it is the smartest… Continue

Added by Hannah Jacob on March 31, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Following a Social Innovator

I chose to follow Mary Gordon who is a fellow of Ashoka and the Founder and President of Roots of Empathy. I chose to follow mary gordon because I believe that the work that Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy is important due to the educational nature of their program. By focussing on educating parents on development and interest issues of children they are ensuring the development of empathetic youth who will be less likely to turn to agression. In order to follow Mary Gordon I have joined… Continue

Added by Hannah Jacob on March 31, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

My future me 2020

I'm waking up at my house in Madrid, the city is partially reformed according the new sustainable building agreement, and the EU compromise known as 20 20 20 is totally achieved and we have almost reached the 40 40 40 twenty years before.

I look through my window and I see all rooftops with solar panels. I walk to the kitchen and I see that my Hydrogen storage is fully charged and I’m serving my surplus through the smart grid to other houses.

I go down to work and I have a meeting… Continue

Added by evoke_madrid on March 31, 2011 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Ethos water

I have a soft spot for the name of this product, but the story behind it is a good one.


In 2001, Peter Thum worked in communities in South Africa that lacked clean water. He left his job at McKinsey and Company, moved to NY, and started the Ethos project with Jonathan Greenblatt. They began producing bottled water in 2003, with proceeds going to the development of clean water all over the… Continue

Added by Cynthia Davidson on March 31, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Creativity to Get Simple Solutions

After reading this blog entry I want to share my favorite secret I found. When I read the text, one secret attract my attention: the using of creativity to solve a problem. Especially the second point of Paul Polak’s seven hints I like very much:

Think creatively: start big, use constraints as a filter and find the simplest solutions.

This point combines some of the other 32 secrets which are termed in this blog. At…


Added by Raphael Schnurr on March 31, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Enhancing the ASU Grow Project

As described in my Food Security and Arizona post, Arizona State University has a wealth of sustainability programs and initiatives in place. One that I am personally intrigued by is ASU Grow, a community garden where members are allotted cost-free plots to grow and harvest in return for volunteering to clean and…


Added by John M. Quick on March 31, 2011 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Africa Tips

I must say my favorite tip for developing in a developing country is to do the work to find the simplest solution. This tells people not to stop after you have found a solution, but to work harder to make it better. Take the iPad, developed within the last two years by Apple in California. Had Apple spent more time on the first version of it, they would've figured out that the sloping back of it is not the most efficient. But, in their haste to roll the product out to make a profit, they didn't… Continue

Added by Marjorie Kidwell on March 31, 2011 at 3:16am — No Comments

My favourite secret of social innovation

From this blogpost, there were a lot of great "secrets" (and maybe not so secret... sometimes you miss the things that are obvious and right in front of your face) of social innovation. The thing that really resonated with me was the point on "Try living for a week on $2 a day". I can't even fathom that, yet so many people do... or less... for their entire lives. This really comes down to… Continue

Added by James Humphreys on March 31, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Food Security and Arizona State University Initiatives

In the Phoenix, AZ, USA area, the biggest challenges to food security are urban development and drought. Food security crises could certainly be foreseeable in Phoenix's future. Fortunately, many citizens are already practicing general sustainable living and making sure to support local food providers. These actions, along with large-scale urban planning, are helping to reduce the risk of future food insecurity in Phoenix.

There are several excellent food security initiatives at… Continue

Added by John M. Quick on March 31, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

How to combine exercise with charging my laptop!

In the future, products like this are very popular:


For people like me who need to watch the extra pounds, it's a prudent and efficient idea to combine riding my exercise bike with charging my computer. There's a device hooked up to my computer power adapter that will allow me to power it up for several hours with my daily… Continue

Added by Cynthia Davidson on March 30, 2011 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Hunger on Long Island: Hunger Summit LI 2010


Although the poverty line is drawn at @22K on LI, the same as it is everywhere in the US, the cost of living is higher here than in most communities (a family of four lives comfortably here on $90K per year). This summit, held at Adelphi University in 2010, called attention… Continue

Added by Cynthia Davidson on March 30, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

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