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. :)
"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 —
Below is an image that portrays the many ways in which our bodies can become self-sustaining energy resources that power our everyday lives.
Click on the image to view it at full… Continue
Added by John M. Quick on April 2, 2011 at 5:34am —
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… Continue
Added by John M. Quick on March 31, 2011 at 6:00am —
I've decided to use Project H Design
as a social innovation role model. They do really interesting work to help communities develop new systems using cutting-edge design solutions.
I started following them on Twitter @ProjectHDesign and sent them a tweet.
Added by Darren Sharp on May 11, 2010 at 11:00am —
Make it inexpensive. My friend Paul Polak has adapted a famous quote to the following: “Affordability isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” and there’s a lot of truth in that. When you are designing for people who are earning just one or two dollars a day, you need to keep things as cheap as you can and then make it even… Continue
Added by Julien on April 29, 2010 at 1:30pm —
My favorite secret for social innovation: "Create “transparent” technologies, ones that are easily understood by the users, and promote local innovation."
A transparent technology (tool or solution) feels natural, makes sense because it works simply, and becomes an extension of the people it's designed to serve.
More importantly, people will make a transparent technology their own. They will shape it,… Continue
Added by Jean Frankly on April 28, 2010 at 12:37pm —
Added by Nick Gogerty on April 26, 2010 at 10:20pm —
Their book design like you give a damn is great.
Added by Nick Gogerty on April 26, 2010 at 10:17pm —
in my pocket, my phone buzzes. i'm in the middle of a conversation: it will have to wait...
it's my third year now: i am on a tour across the americas in a mobile urban design unit
that brings ideas to sprout within communities
about how to better their urban environment.
for too long, our cities have been built for capitalist productivity and efficiency, leaving our human living environments with very little human…
Added by andréa montréal cohen on April 22, 2010 at 4:37pm —
one of the things i am currently fascinated with is public space as mass media
. i beleive that our everyday environment
should reflect the considerations of our time: it should compel us to be aware
in my quest for a hero, i've found rebar
, a group active in san francisco that has spawned such activities as…
Added by andréa montréal cohen on April 18, 2010 at 10:24pm —
In 2020, I will be ten years wiser with good health (and eyesight) and my husband standing smiling by my side.
I will face most of my fears with a calm resolve and good humour. I will be patient and trusting of others.
I will design websites that encourage people to help strangers, make a difference, and believe in themselves.
Added by Jean Frankly on April 18, 2010 at 5:01am —
i am an object designer, an architect, an urban designer, a maker of things. also, i hate to be told by people how to do my job: i don't tell the plumber how to fix my sink, do i?
the problem is, i am only one person, with a limited amount of knowledge. when going to a different country, a different city, or even a different part of town, i can't claim to know anything about how people live, what they want, or what they need. and even if i needed to do…
Added by andréa montréal cohen on April 17, 2010 at 1:30pm —
For Mission 6 I designed a website to get people excited about empowering Women. Continue
Added by Christopher Griego on April 16, 2010 at 4:20am —
Try living for a week on $2 a day.
"That’s what my students and I do when I teach my class about international development. It helps them begin to understand the trade-offs that must be made when you have only very limited… Continue
Added by Christopher Griego on April 15, 2010 at 10:45pm —
My envisioned design would entail a simple 11"x17" solar film that can adhere to a sunny window. This solar source would supply power to a stick that has ports/plug ins for phones/battery powered drills or anything that can plug into an outlet for a recharge.
Added by Christianne Weaver on April 11, 2010 at 11:30am —
I first thought to write about Michel Pritchard's water bottle. I found his presentation in Ted Talks, and for me is a great and simple idea, that can really improve the life of a lot of people.
But then I figured that he's bottle water is already popular (he's been on TED talks) so why no try harder and find some other invention?
So there I was surfing the web, asking some friends when I found the Savior Bud idea.… Continue
Added by Mario on March 29, 2010 at 10:59pm —
I really like this idea of the rescue bottle - I think it is nothing completely new - I think Siemens had a simliar idea within their internal CSR Award (http://www.siemens.com/innovation/en/publikationen/publications_pof/pof_fall_2008/rohstoffe/wasser.htm
) - but it never grow out of the pilot phase. However, I think the idea of a water purifier for flood prone countries is… Continue
Added by MirkoZ on March 29, 2010 at 9:28pm —
Okay, I've been trying to come up with a new way of powering something I use everyday, and I have so far come up empty. I've been thinking of things I could actually do as this is the ACT part of the mission. I've been toying with kinetic energy ideas, things like adapting the handcrank flashlight I have to power my cellphone etc. but I have no skill in that area, and have no teachers. So, I'm reaching out, looking for teachers! Anyone with background knowledge that may apply to this situation,… Continue
Added by Katherine Morrison on March 29, 2010 at 4:01am —
Above is the plan for a skyscraper designed by polish architectural students ryszard rychlicki and agnieszka nowak. When I read the objective of LEARN4 I knew I had to talk about this building prototype.
Through a large basin on top, a well at the base, and a gutter system on the sides of the building, the innovators of this idea have created a… Continue
Added by Duncan Graham on March 26, 2010 at 4:15pm —
For the first Learn Objective I want to talk about Ethan Zuckerman's second point on Innovation from Constraint:
"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.)"
admit first by saying I'm not a big fan of the design boom… Continue
Added by Nathan Nearing on March 26, 2010 at 9:30am —