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IMAGINE 1: Fabricating the Future in 2020

"...and how was soccer today?" I ask my daughter Mavis. Before the question has finished, however, she's disappeared from view. All that's left showing on the screen in my hand is the couch and her teddy Wilbur.

She reappears with an iceblock, and with stern words in her grandmother's voice in the background she focuses her attention back on me. "Soccer was fine dad. We lost again, but we lost awesomely."

"Josh!" This time the voice is coming from behind me, not out of the… Continue

Added by Josh Judkins on February 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 17 Comments


As I studied Exhibit A over and over again trying to actually decipher which was my favorite secret of social innovation, I realized no matter how many times I went over it, it seemed nearly impossible for me to make one single pick and as I came across different points I totally agreed with, I would nod so hard, smile and say to myself wow that's brilliant. At the end of the day I was able to narrow my favorite…

Added by Yemisi Ajumobi on February 15, 2010 at 12:50am — 14 Comments

A transformed Uganda in 2020! - IMAGINE1

About 10 years back, I was introduced to the concept of Social Innovation and Enterprise in the EVOKE network. The network really put me through some good brain work that helped me dig down into my community, understand the pressing issues it faced, and then critically come up with the solutions to those problems.

During that time, we were faced with high unemployment levels, low literacy level, and hunger among others. When I thought deeply about all this and compared the…

Added by Ronald Kasendwa on February 14, 2010 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Charle Maisel - the social artist

I have a chosen to shadow Charles Maisel for one reason - I think he is crazy. I have heard him talk on two occasions and both times he blew my mind with the oddness of his thoughts.

Also though, he has an enigmatic track-record as a social entrepreneur - or social artist, as he now calls himself.

He has successfully founded organisations that mostly with deal with unemployment, small business development & environmental…

Added by Batandwa Alperstein on February 14, 2010 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Go to where the action is

In life, I believe, the only way to live is to do. So if one has a dream and it involves you achieving some sort of action, then you must go where it is your dream plays out and get into the action. If your dream is to build the world's fastest car, go to the Grand Prix, quite literally.

There is no hope of achieving your vision if you don't act on it, and the best place to find inspiration for your next action is to be in the environment where the action takes place. So if…

Added by Batandwa Alperstein on February 14, 2010 at 2:04pm — 7 Comments

ACT 1: Emeka Okafor - Entrepeneur, Blogger, Venture Catalyst

When I was asked to find someone to look up to, follow and be inspired by in the Social Innovation field, those behind Maker Faire Africa was an obvious place to start. As someone working in a job assisting makers, the emergence of Maker Faire within Africa is truly exciting for me. It was first held in Ghana in 2009 and the next one is planned for Kenya in August 2010.

At the top of… Continue

Added by Josh Judkins on February 14, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Informed People Make Better Choices - Act1

My hero, Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, said, "Informed people make better choices". I searched through several Africa-based innovators working on issues of food security and providing isolated African communities with viable skills to excel in a changing technological world. What struck me about Nnaemeka was his project's ability to address multiple issues around one central umbrella - communication.

Nnaemeka is working on a project called "Smallholders" that aims to use radio… Continue

Added by Chelsea Howe on February 13, 2010 at 9:58pm — 10 Comments

LEARN 1: What you have - NOT what you lack

One of the factors I think we are all prone to forgetting - both for ourselves and in trying to aid others - is that what you have matters more than what you lack.

I was reminded of this once again by Ethan Zuckerman’s post ‘Innovating from… Continue

Added by Josh Judkins on February 13, 2010 at 3:00am — 11 Comments

IMAGINE1 Living off the grid

I opened the front door to find the inside of the house filled with dark. "Hellooooooo?" I called out as I kicked off my running shoes.

"The Grid's down!" yelled my daughter from a couple rooms over.

I wandered into the den. "For how long?"

My daughter didn't even look up from her book. She was snuggled against the window to take advantage of what sunlight there was. "10 minutes. More or less."

The Grid. At one time, there was 'the power' and then there… Continue

Added by Mita Williams on February 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — 13 Comments

A wake to appreciation and satisfaction - LEARN1

Truth be told, am new to this wh*** idea and concept of Social Innovation but after reading here and there about the concept, I am glad to report that I now have the wh*** concept at my fingertips. What I carry in my head tells me that Social Innovation is all about coming up with new ideas, strategies, and concepts that meet social needs and strengthen civil society.

When I read through Alchemy’s link that he named “Exhibit A” which is about the 33 secrets of Social…

Added by Ronald Kasendwa on February 11, 2010 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

ACT1 Finding a hero. Finding Ada

I have to admit that I found this mission daunting when I first read it. Find a hero? You mean, right now? I should just adopt a hero into my heart just like that?

(Where I'm from, it's not popular to have a hero)

And yet, once I started looking, I didn't take long to find one. And it was instant recognition. As soon as I read about her and her work that I knew I had found a mentor and someone to inspire… Continue

Added by Mita Williams on February 11, 2010 at 3:00am — 21 Comments

beginner's mind

Alchemy calls on each of us to bring our expertise and experience to the world in times of crisis, of urgent human need. But so often, the specific skills and knowledge I carry into a situation are nearly useless because they are constructed on assumptions about the capabilities, resources and social infrastructure of my world of… Continue

Added by Gene Becker on February 10, 2010 at 11:32pm — 5 Comments

Value and Reward

In years of international aid endeavors we have found a few things that work and many things that DO NOT WORK when building bridges between communities. The list of 33 key tips includes this important point from Ethan Zuckerman:…

Added by Evo on February 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

LEARN1: Streamlining

"If you want to make something 10 times cheaper, remove 90 percent of the material."

The secret to this secret is "material." For me, this does not mean physical mass. Objects can be heavy with cultural, intellectual or emotional material, top-heavy with assumptions. Social interactions, in particular: sometimes I find that just removing my ego makes them 10 times better.

Added by Ken Eklund on February 9, 2010 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

Mission 1 - Learn - My secret code for social innovation

I love Ethan Zuckerman’s list of 7 tips for innovation success but was most struck by the first one:

1. Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)

Earlier today I was having a discussion with a group of UK university students about the concept of developmental entrepreneurship - that is where developing nations utilise the power of…

Added by Simon Brookes on February 9, 2010 at 7:26am — 12 Comments

LEARN1 You can observe a lot just by watching

I've started to carry a notebook with me at all times. It's not a small and beautiful Moleskin that aspiring writers and artists tend to favour, but a simple, utilitarian black laboratory notebook that I picked up at the University bookstore. I'm trying to put a make a secret into a habit.

I'm trying to slow down and really, deeply look into the way things are. I'm going to make time to make observations before any next steps. I'm going to fight my own impatience and just. watch.… Continue

Added by Mita Williams on February 9, 2010 at 2:30am — 15 Comments

Simultaneous Wheel Recreation - Learn1

"if somebody already invented it, you don’t have to"

Simple enough, right?

When I create digital games - inevitably - the moment I show it to a few friends one of them will say, "Oh it's sort of like [game I've never heard of]". Before you rush into full production with a new idea you try to search for games with similar mechanics, but there's no standardized way to do that. There's no hub or database. There's no universal lexicon for what mechanics or even GENRES of games… Continue

Added by Chelsea Howe on February 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 22 Comments

Social innovation

Before I finished reading the mission, I already knew who I was going to choose—Matt Flannery.

Matt is one of the cofounders of Kiva, a microlending/microcredit site. Kiva is one of the groups that really kicked off the microlending craze, at least on the internet, and his company has improved numerous lives for the better.

Why did I choose him? It goes back to my last blog post about simplicity. Microlending is one of those simple little…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on February 6, 2010 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Simplicity is everything.

After reading through Exhibit A, one thing struck me—a lot of those secrets had something in common and mostly boil down to one key idea. Simplicity.

When you're developing something, whether it be for school, for sale on the wider market, or for empowering others, simplicity is one key element that I think that you must keep in mind. Why?

Well, let's take a look at a familiar example from the modern world. I bet you're reading this on a…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on February 5, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Vision 2020

It's been ten years since I started flying to the remote regions of Peru as an advocate for equal access. The cyberwarfare threats were extreme in many parts of the world: China was blaming the United States and key innovations in Africa and the Middle East were being ignored. In Peru and India thieves stole cable, copper, anything we tried to put up to keep the internet alive. The private satellite companies have been helpful to some extent but there's only so much we can do to help this… Continue

Added by Evo on February 5, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

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