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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

Mission 1 Learn Objective

Forgive me if this sounds improper.
Some events taken place have been taken care of by redoing what has happened in a different manner, directly fighting it be it something of that sort, or find a way to direct attention away from it.
This is not my entire entry, this is a written statement…

Added by Bradley LaCroix on March 3, 2010 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

My first blog - on social innovation

"Innovate on existing platforms (We’ve got bicycles and mobile phones in

Africa, plus lots of metal to weld. Innovate using that stuff, rather

than bringing in completely new tech.)" really struck my mind, as a lot of times, we are trying to "improve" someone else life by introducing new technology that may not be relevant to the society. That's probably why certain companies can come out with innovative products like the Post-it note from 3M that is such a simple product, but took… Continue

Added by Sau Yong on March 3, 2010 at 8:14am — 6 Comments

Talk to the right people

"Talk to the right people" is what I consider most important because unless you are able to identify the problem you are unable to make an impact. By talking to the people you can see what their obstacle truly is. Once the obstacle is know you are finally able to help overcome the…

Added by Libby S. on March 3, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Water for People Canada Donation

As much as I would really like to volunteer for this cause, I just do not have the time to do so. However, as was suggested in the mission description, we as Evoke Agents (along with everyone else) can still make a difference by donating money instead of time.

So that's what I did. I took a strong liking to the 'Water for People' organization which has introduced the PlayPump along with many other… Continue

Added by Teresa R on March 2, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Shadow Hereos.

I've picked up Jason Aramburu as my hero to shadow. He is a Princeton Graduate,a New Yorker.

Bio-char is when you turn bio-waste into compost(fertilizer),as well as a replacement for coal (energy use) and through these application we able reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere .This idea seem to me easy to apply - relevant, environmentally friendly and economically viable;I believe that an idea that meets these criteria.

I've joined re:char - (the company…


Added by Rendani Mulaudzi on March 1, 2010 at 8:59pm — 11 Comments

Social Innovator - ?

So what makes a social innovator ?

I think a social innovator is someone who:

  • listens - understands people in their different social context(s);
  • is creative - strive to find innovative ways of doing…

Added by Rendani Mulaudzi on March 1, 2010 at 6:43pm — 6 Comments

In 10 years, I will be in my own home. I will be working at the biggest law firm in the United States. I might have a child, a beautiful child. A daughter named Tanae Marje Hiers. I will also be marr…

In 10 years, I will be in my own home. I will be working at the biggest law firm in the United States. I might have a child, a beautiful child. A daughter named Tanae Marje Hiers. I will also be married, precisely to the father of my child! What am I doing to change the world in my daily life? I am a lawyer, trying my best to put the worst criminals in jail so that they no longer cause harm to the world. Continue

Added by GoRGEoUS NaE on March 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

My Favorite Secret

My favorite secret was the one about Economic sustainability. It said something about providing financial motivation to continue the growth and empowering people by improving their economic and or social status. The reason I chose this secret because this one made the most sense to me. If people are provided the motivation to… Continue

Added by GoRGEoUS NaE on March 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments


This should come as no surprise to many after reading my first blog post, that I have chosen William Kamkwamba, whom I also refer to as W.K as my personal hero to shadow. I find that I have long been shadowing him in ways suggested in this mission such as being a facebook fan, following him on Twitter and subscribing to his blog… Continue

Added by Yemisi Ajumobi on February 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

Mission 1 Learn Objective

I think constraints are key to innovation, and so I think the very first secret is the most interesting and important to me. Constraints are what force us to think outside our normal routines, and working within unfamiliar parameters makes us do unfamiliar things. In my own experience, my best ideas often come as a result of doing unfamiliar things, whether they be in creative ventures, travel, or solving problems. So if I'm working in a constrained environment, I won't despise… Continue

Added by kiyash on February 21, 2010 at 1:53am — 9 Comments

Gabe Up In Africa

I learned that in order to be a social innovater you must first understand the culture and the enviornment to begin to realize where and how to make change. We must also accept the way of life and work within the constraints of that society. In Africa, people cook over stovers so offering a new mothod of cooking would not be the most effective change. We must inovate with the resources provided to the most likely and positive changes.

Added by gabriel barba on February 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

When I realized that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, I felt liberated....

As a kid I remember dreaming in comic book form before I ever picked up a graphic novel. The muscular bodies in tights from television would speak to me at night and give me secret messages. When my 5 year old self needed courage she dreamt of Superman flying and Alan Alda playing with electricity as Hawkeye Pierce from M.A.S.H. As I grew into myself and learned to deal with the pain and horror of life more directly the concept of a physically perfect savior seemed less true and real than the… Continue

Added by Evo on February 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

EVOKE Dashboard

Okay, so, I thought it would be a better idea to one-off a blog post instead of continually spamming the activity stream with updates.

The EVOKE dashboard is a (relatively) simple way of digesting all the content and awesome creations that EVOKE users produce. It gets all the data from the site's handy RSS feeds and gives you a nice long title/author/date list so you can scan through. A click brings you to the relevant page on the EVOKE…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on February 20, 2010 at 2:19am — 6 Comments

IMAGINE 1: Infrastructure challenges.

"Life isn't so bad, after all," I thought as I looked around at my surroundings. I had graduated from college exactly 12 months ago (luckily, the world hadn't ended in 2012), and my major in mobile communications had really paid off. With the mass migrations in 2018, the flooding of more and more Pacific Islands, and the river deltas starting to flood Bangladesh,… Continue

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on February 19, 2010 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

learning curve: africa insights on twitter

I started a twitter list to help myself learn more about what's happening in Africa, especially around social issues, technology and entrepreneurship. There's a lot to learn... Do you have suggestions for more people to follow, or good lists that already exist?

Added by Gene Becker on February 17, 2010 at 5:43pm — 6 Comments

Leila Chirayath Janah, my new hero - ACT1

As I moved around the web from one corner to another searching for a giant in “Social innovation and Enterprise,” to definitely make my new hero, I came across Leila Chirayath Janah, the founder and CEO of Samasource (http://www.samasource.org).

Samasource enables marginalized people from refugees in Kenya to women in rural Pakistan to receive life-changing work opportunities on the Internet. The core of this concept is microwork – little bits… Continue

Added by Ronald Kasendwa on February 15, 2010 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

saving the planet, one girl at a time

Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, it seems. So many people are doing amazing work in Africa through young, creative organizations like Kiva, Ushahidi, Maker Faire Africa, and many others. But I found myself drawn to, inspired, and completely charmed by a sixty-year old English woman, Ann Cotton, who has devoted her life to the pursuit of a simple, compelling idea: that educating young women can save the world.

Ann… Continue

Added by Gene Becker on February 15, 2010 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments

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This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ***tances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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Where I will be in ten years.

Ten years from now I will be in a political job assisting with people in the midlands of South Carolina particularly the rural working class and farmers. As the class of people that feed the nation I find that it is imperative that we assist with making sure they produce as much food as possible. I would like to support local scientists as well that are leading in research on how to produce food more efficiently. I will also be participating in missions to foreign countries to help people with…See More
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