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Increase children awareness to water issues thanks to a sci-fi book

As some other agents pointed out, I think that educating children to the different important things of our world is the best investment for the future. About water, there is still a lot to do, anywhere in the world, to make people aware of the current problems and future risks.

When I was 11, I read a book called "L'Or bleu" (blue gold) of Danielle Martinigol. The story takes place in the future of Earth, where water has become extremely rare (for instance,…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

To increase food security : adopt a chicken

I think the chicken is a really good solution to get food safety for poorest countries :
This animal is cheap, can live in almost any climate, produce about one egg per day, live generally more than 7 year, is easy to feed.

To be more specific, a chicken can be feed with grass, seeds, worms, insects, vegetable waste (peelings from potatoes, appels,…


Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Using perpetual motion to power a light bulb

This is some kind of crazy idea, and I am not sure it would work. If someone has good knowledge of mechanics and thermodynamics, please read and tell me what you think about that.

I love the idea of perpetual motion. You have to give an initial force, and then a movement is created that will never stops. Real perpetual motion is hard, but an almost perpetual motion would certainly be enough to power a light bulb. We can use for instance the principle of the Orffyreus…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 25, 2010 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Protecting indigeneous culture through languages

I think that a large part of culture and of the way of thinking of the people in an area is extremely strongly related to its language : the grammatical structure, the vocabulary, etc., it all makes you think differently. (a paper on that subject : http://www.helium.com/items/1376376-how-language-influences-culture-cultural-identity)

In the past, the French state tried… Continue

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 22, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Possible crisis in Paris : terrorism

I have decided to talk about Paris rather than Chaville, because it belongs to the area close to this city.

Paris and the Ile de France region (region of Paris and area nearby) are not really endangered naturally. There is only 3 things listed as majors risks on the PRIM website (portal for the prevention of majors risks) :
- transport of dangerous goods
- flooding
- terrain's movement (settling of the ground for…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 20, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Imagine : First French Community Bank oppened in Chaville today !

Today, April 17th 2020, a Community Bank oppened in the small city of Chaville, near Paris. The inhabitants, tired of usual banks decided to open their own, under the status of non-profit-making association. The cornerstones of this association is trust and knowledge of each others. They reproach actual banks to be blind, heartless, and to play with money as if it was nothing.

Here is an interview of the president of the Community Bank of Chaville, retired…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 18, 2010 at 7:54am — 3 Comments

Mutual exchange of knowledge's network (RERS)

This post is about the RERS (in French : Réseau d'échange réciproque des savoirs) , Mutual exchange of knowledge's network. The principle is that people learn new knowledges in exchange of teaching some of theirs, for free. These knowledges include various things like : foreign languages, cooking, dancing, mathematics, drawing, informatics, gardening, etc.
I really like the idea of sharing knowledge for free. It helps sharing knowledge and that's great, but I also appreciate the…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Food security in France : the disappearing of small cultivated lands and the AMAP solution

In France, we don't have much problems of food shortage. We produce a lot of cereals, animals, vegetables and fruits. The problems are elsewhere :
1/ Food is expensive, so it is hard for poor people to eat correctly (students for instance)
2/ Though we have a lot to eat here, we get used to import a lot of fruits and vegetables from others countries to eat them outside their period of growing in France, and that is a bad thing for the environment.
3/ It is…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 14, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Imagine : Afghan city in 2020

Slowly but safely, the traces of the talibans have vanished, though the memories of the violences remained.

The city of Balkh, in the North of Afghanistan, has made a big move forward in the last decade. The small city has became more important thanks to its hand made clothes and carpet shops. Most of them are handled by women who create the clothes and carpet they sells. These shops handlers have also learned selling, and accountability and they earn their money for…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 13, 2010 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

Education, the first step to freedom

I have finally chosen to support Afghan Institute of Learning in its mission to educate girls in Afghanistan (see also this post about Dr. Sakena Yacoobi).

Learning to read is a basic knowledge, but to me, this is one of the most important. If you can read, you can learn a lot, you can understand what you sign,…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 13, 2010 at 10:58am — 4 Comments

Turning air into water

I found two companies (but maybe there is more) working on turning air into water. The idea is to use windmill energy to refrigerate air to condensate water. Water is then filtrated and can then directly be drink. It produce no CO2 at all.

Links to the companies website :…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Simone Veil and abortion's law in France

This is not something I found on WomenWatch, but I think this story is worth spreading. Simone Veil is considered as some kind of hero and she is the favorite female figure in France. She is also a great source of inspiration for women here (including me) and she made a lot of things to improve women rights and safety in France.

She was born in 1922 in Paris and is a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp,…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Dr Sakena Yacoobi, founder and president of Afgan Institute of Learning

About women rights, I have seen a lot of blog posts about Afghan women, and I think too that women in this country certainly need more help than the others, because of the poverty, the religious fundamentalism and the war.

So i have chosen to talk, and try helping Dr Sakena Yacoobi, founder and president of Afghan Institute of Learning.

She was born in Herat, Afghanistan, and she came to study biology and public health in the USA. She came back to Pakistan refugee… Continue

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 11, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Let's dream about 2020 : what if everything goes just as well as I hope

I woke up at 7 in the morning, trying not to take noise to let my children sleep. I go to the bakery just near to get some fresh bread. I prepare them a breakfast, then eat in the garden we share with our neighbors, taking advantage of the first shiny and warm day in the year. My husband should take care of taking the child to school, before he goes to work.

I work on the other side of Paris, so I take public transports to get there. It is not crowded as it used to be in…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 11, 2010 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

About improving a person life thanks to a role playing game with persistant world

After reading the 33 secrets for social innovation here : http://designinafrica.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/innovation-in-africa-tips/ I have decidided to choose this one :
"Deliver value : what are the benefits for people using the end product, does it improve a persons life ?"

This advice is the one I find the most helpful concerning my own actual work : creating a small 3D…

Added by Edwige Lelievre on April 5, 2010 at 6:14pm — 14 Comments

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