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… Continue
Added by Brian Hunt on March 3, 2010 at 8:46am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
"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 —
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 —
"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 —
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… Continue
Added by Bradley LaCroix on March 3, 2010 at 8:26am —
"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 —
"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… Continue
Added by Libby S. on March 3, 2010 at 8:00am —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Rendani Mulaudzi on March 1, 2010 at 8:59pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —