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Learn 1 I liked the wh*** list but I really like the one that stresses the need to provide a sustainability piece. How can we really help peole in the developing world if we do not provide them with …

Learn 1
I liked the wh*** list but I really like the one that stresses the need to provide a sustainability piece. How can we really help peole in the developing world if we do not provide them with long term solutions that they can actively be a part of.


Added by Susan Fisher on September 8, 2012 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Sustainability on German Festivals

While reading a friend's blog post on urgent evoke, I realised that already many german music festivals have sustainability programs. Almost every festival pays back a mortgage for collected waste, and some festivals have sustainability guidelines regarding their organisation. I found an interesting article in the german newspaper "Zeit": http://www.zeit.de/kultur/musik/2010-06/green-festivals. My favourite Festival, the…


Added by Elena M on May 21, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

A New Book Published by a 2010 Urgent Evoke Hero-- Indigenous Knowledge from philosophy to design

2011 Urgent Evoke Social Innovator, Legendary Agent/Mega Hero Dr. Ampat Koshy has written a book in which he codifies indigenous knowledge of many cultures, from Plato and the ancients to current philosophers and philotechs and more!!! I am posting my review here-- it is a great book, and I hope you all try to read it. :)

(short version:)

"Wrighteings" is a challenge, but also a really fun book to read, if you can take time to attune to the cadence of the words. Koshy writes… Continue

Added by Michele Baron on July 10, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Binikou ~ The Human Powered School Evokation

Binikou ~ The Human Powered School - where humans of all ages are supported in learning about, creating, and teaching simple, practical ways to power our bodies and use our bodies for power

The Challenge -… Continue

Added by Turil Cronburg on May 17, 2010 at 6:43pm — 10 Comments


1. The Place. My proposal is to make a difference in two places, the first being in Renton, Washington state and the second being in a virtual space that is available globally. Planting the seed in my current local community of Renton will keep costs down for the seed funding while allowing me to easily utilize regional…


Added by Alexandra Chauran on May 10, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Dinner in 2020

In 2020 we will have come to an understanding as a country that it’s gotta be all about sustainability and locally grown. Food production will be smaller scale and community based and this will be demonstrated through the foods we eat. Food will be a mechanism of which to bring people within their towns and…


Added by Rebecca Goldman on April 25, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Food Security in Western Mass

In the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts food security is a prominent concern. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts hosts a lecture every month on food issues to help bring attention and educate people on the issue. Despite the apparent excess of fast food, and quick service restaurants in the United States this representation…


Added by Rebecca Goldman on April 25, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Time for a critique! My Evokation: The Human Powered School

Here's my latest draft of my proposal. Let me know what you think. What sounds great? What's not clear? Is there anything else I should include?

Also, as far as the project's needs, right now the most crucial thing I need is a good, free, open source way to integrate some kind of profile page system into a wiki site. That and some brainstorming on a fun name for this site. (I'd love to use a non-english word or phrase, if possible. Anyone want to translate "beautiful school" or "my… Continue

Added by Turil Cronburg on April 17, 2010 at 4:00pm — 27 Comments

Wild and Free - Wrap up

After 5 and a half days, I called it quits on my crash course, because I listened to my body and she said, "I need fat!"

And I listened to my brain, and she said, "Turil, you're not going to learn any more in the next day and a half about wild foods, and you've got too many things going on this weekend to also deal with finding more wild food that you're body doesn't really want right now. So relax and have some chia seeds and go to the raw food potluck with your new… Continue

Added by Turil Cronburg on April 13, 2010 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Wild and Free - Day Five

Yesterday had me working on the maple sap problem. Turns out that you do in fact need freezing nights, and warmer days, to get sap to come out, because what happens is that overnight the sap in the branches of the tree freezes, and then during the day, when things warm up, the sap defrosts and comes rushing down the trunk and back to the roots. (The tree's sap is like animals' blood, it gets nutrients from one spot and then delivers the… Continue

Added by Turil Cronburg on April 9, 2010 at 2:05pm — 2 Comments

Food Security - Eating Dinner in 2020

I'm in a little restaurant in Seattle with my wife and daughter. It's one of Dan Barber's new places, which serves only sustainable food, cultivated with the practices that began in Spain a decade earlier. I'm having a wasabi mango glazed fish on top of mixed vegetables that were grown in a Seattle garden. The fish came from a nearby fish farm, which not only grows fish but cleans the river water, feeds wildlife and reduces global warming. My wife is having the crab. It's a local monster,… Continue

Added by Adam Eivy on April 5, 2010 at 11:27am — No Comments

Taking a Known Solution and Marketing it

Solar panels are not new technology, but they are expensive and take awhile for the investment to pay off. Jigar Shah developed a way to get businesses to go green. Instead of paying for solar panel installation, a business agrees to pay Jigar's company, SunEdison, for at least 10 years to provide solar energy from panels SunEdison will install on their property. SunEdison, however, retains ownership of the panels, so SunEdison can sell those panels or keep them and the money they generate to… Continue

Added by Benjamin H on April 3, 2010 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Socially-Responsible Banking

I'm going to admit to being a little ethnocentric with my money. I worry about my own investments when I'm relatively rich compared to many people on this Globe! As a result, one of my favourite ideas for the future of money is socially-responsible banking and investing. Every time your money sits in the bank, the bank is using it for their own stuff. So, I like to make sure that my bank is using that money wisely instead of investing it in high-return things with which I don't ethically agree,… Continue

Added by Alexandra Chauran on April 2, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Nature's Gift Economy

For this week's act mission, I had an extra difficult time finding something to do that I'd "NEVER" done before, as Alchemy insisted in the mission brief. I already do live on less than $2 a day, in the Boston area. I already am a member of a time trade group. I already do barter regularly (most notably for housing). I already have had a Google checkout processing thingie on my website for people to pay me for my work. I already do work on a sliding scale basis (you can pay me from $0 to… Continue

Added by Turil Cronburg on April 1, 2010 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

IMAGINE4: World Water Week

So, World Water Day? I can improve on that. Let's make it World Water Week.

Water is one of the world's most valuable resources and it's crucial that we try to conserve it as much as possible. While many people have that idea stuck somewhere in the back of their head, they rarely do much to act on it. So, how do you get the population to take notice of this and actually act on it?

Take a cue from EVOKE and turn it into a competitive game—with a…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on March 29, 2010 at 3:46am — No Comments

ACT 3: Solar power source for USB gadgets

Supplies finally arrived. Here's a little "instructable" for building a solar power source for your gadgets. It's much easier than you'd think.

  • One solar panel, at least 50mA and 5V (~$18)
  • One…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on March 29, 2010 at 2:04am — 5 Comments

Masdar: a totally carbon neutral city in the middle of the desert?


Apparently so, according to the BBC.

The architects are turning the desert's greatest threat - the sun - into their greatest…

Added by Nathaniel Fruchter on March 29, 2010 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Guess what's growing for dinner

The year is 2020, and I am eating food grown naturally in my apartment. I used my favorite herbs and spices from my window garden, and on the roof of the apartment is planted a garden of beautiful vegetables and grains. What I don't have in my gardens, I easily find at a local farm [inside the cities many parks]. Food is grown by each individual person, and is much healthier because there is no need for preservatives. I have chosen to lessen my meat consumption, and a majority of my food is… Continue

Added by Nicolas Dykstra on March 28, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Energy Challenge

As important as I know it is to be developing alternative energy sources, I think that in the long-term we are moving in the wrong direction.

We live in a finite world and are often replacing one unsustainable resource with another. The example that comes to mind for me are biofuels, or more specifically plant-based biofuels.

We already know that soy is a resource-heavy crop, so then why are we touting it's use for more than just food? This is illogical to me. There are other… Continue

Added by SaraBB on March 27, 2010 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The Future of Food

I thought this might be a cool thing to look into - while perhaps not perfect, it's an interesting idea and a step in the right direction!

Added by Rob Black on March 27, 2010 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

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