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ReBuffalo Evokation

Jim Henson once said coming up with good ideas is “just a matter of figuring out how to receive the ideas waiting to be heard.” In my hometown of Buffalo, NY many good ideas are not being heard. Decisions that affect our city are being made with limited

information to draw upon for inspiration and strategic planning. Therefore, the goal of ReBuffalo.org is to revitalize Buffalo, NY…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 17, 2010 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Public Trust in the Information Age

As I was reading through the "five secrets of crisis communication" I was struck by how hard it is to be a good journalist, especially in today's global information age. I have always respected good journalism, but I never really thought about the challenges of journalism until now.

With technological and cultural change happening so quickly it is difficult for any individual to get a handle on the complexity of global issues. Nevertheless, this is exactly what a reporter has to to… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 12, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments

Crisis = Opportunity

Crises are not always bad. One way to define the term "crisis" is "a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point" (http://bit.ly/bd8PcP). My goal in the next year is to help my hometown of Buffalo, NY reach a turning point in addressing some longstanding problems.

I plan to do this by building a team that will design a unique website that will provide a collaborative… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 11, 2010 at 1:33am — 1 Comment

The Future of Evoke

Having only read a tiny fraction of the posts on Evoke it is hard to make a judgement about the overall success of this initiative, but my personal experience with Evoke has been very enlightening. The structure of the game, with objectives sorted into "Learn, Act, and Imagine" categories is brilliant. The site successfully gave me the nudges I needed to do learn, do, and imagine things that I would not have learned, done, and imagined otherwise. Evoke successfully challenges agents to see how… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 9, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Smart Growth in 2079

It is the year 2079 and humanity has solved many of its most pressing problems. The world economy has made a huge transition from a focus on constant growth to a recognition that quality of life should be the measure for our wealth. Carbon emissions have been nearly eliminated and the most devastating consequences of climate change have been avoided. Hunger has become a thing of the past as scientists have collaborated with farmers to create safe genetically engineered crops that are grown… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 9, 2010 at 2:09am — No Comments

Aloha Conflict

It is rare to find government officials and citizens working together collaboratively to solve problems. However, for this objective I read an article titled "Facilitating Collaborative Planning in Hawaii's Natural Area Reserves", by Cynthia Josayma (http://bit.ly/aJtW0R). It details a successful conflict resolution process that was undertaken by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DOFAW)… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 8, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Evoke Forever!

Season one of Evoke has been a great experience. I learned about Evoke by watching Jane McGonigal's talk on TED.com during my lunch hour. I was so excited about playing Evoke that I got on the site immediately after putting the kids to bed that night.

I've been hooked on gaming since I picked up an Atari 2600 controller as a young child, but gaming has always been a guilty pleasure. After playing a great game for hours on end I would feel worse about myself. I would feel, no matter how… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 7, 2010 at 2:12am — 1 Comment

Web 2.0 Microlending

Once again Evoke has introduced me to a new way to do some good in the world. I just used Kiva.org to make a $50 loan to Arshak Harutyunyan (see picture below), who hails from Ijevan, Armenia. I learned about micro-lending when I was in college, but I didn't know until today that I could lend money online. It is very gratifying to know that my $50 loan was the final piece of funding that Mr. Harutyunyan needed to move his farm animals to the mountains and rent a plot of land. One of the great… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 6, 2010 at 1:43am — No Comments

Buffalo 2020

Buffalo, NY is a great place to live and raise a family, but like many other cities that reside along the shores of the Great Lakes Buffalo is facing some serious problems. Buffalo has seen thousands of good jobs move to other regions of the country and to the suburbs, leaving parts of the city with problems such as poverty and vacant housing. As a proud Buffalonian I enjoy imagining ways to help my city reverse these trends. To complete this objective I have created a Google map that contains… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on May 1, 2010 at 3:05am — No Comments

Fowsia's Future

It is a hot morning in Galkacyo, Somalia in the year 2020. Fowsia woke up about an our ago and is now ready to go to work. She catches one of the new electric buses that now provide transportation for many of Galkacyo's citizens. On most mornings she thinks about all the tasks that lay ahead at work as she rides the bus. Today, however, as Fowsia is looking out the window and going over her action plan for the day she sees a woman who looks a lot like she did ten years ago. Fowsia isn't sure,… Continue

Added by Nathan P. Wallace on April 24, 2010 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

Crowdsourcing Housing Redevelopment in Buffalo, NY

One of the biggest problems in Buffalo, NY is vacant housing. Buffalo has one of the highest rates of vacant housing in the Unites States, and the problem is not going to go away without better information sharing and collaboration between goverment, non-profits, and citizens.…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on April 17, 2010 at 3:22am — 2 Comments

Gender and the Labour Market

The news story that I chose to focus on covers a report about worldwide gender inequality in the workplace (http://bit.ly/bzixm6). The statistics from this report clearly show that some progress is still being made in this area. However, there is still a long way to go in achieving gender equality in the workplace, and in some regions of the world very little progress is being made. For example, the article states that "In some regions, there are still less…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on April 15, 2010 at 1:38am — No Comments

Formal Financial Expression

In You Are Not a Gadget (http://amzn.to/2Lqkpf) Jaron Lanier devotes several chapters to the future of money. Lanier suggests that formal financial expression is a potential preventative measure that might help us avoid another worldwide financial catastrophe like the one that began in 2008.

I am by no means a expert on finance, but the basics of Lanier's solution sound plausible. He suggests that we need financial inventiveness if…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on April 13, 2010 at 3:05am — No Comments

The Great Lakes Water Wars

I just purchased a book called The Great Lakes Water Wars, by Peter Annin, from the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper online store (http://bit.ly/cH0j2L). This book details the politics and policy battles that have protected the abundant supply of fresh water found in the Great Lakes. I've been meaning to purchase this book for quite a while but never got around to it. Thanks to this Evoke mission I finally bought the book and I will soon know more about…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on April 1, 2010 at 3:24am — No Comments

Simple Solutions for Complex Problems

With its proximity to one of the world's Great Lakes (Lake Erie), Buffalo, NY is very fortunate to have access to plentiful and clean drinking water. Nevertheless, our local rivers and lakes are contantly threatened by pollution that, if left unchecked, could quickly contaminate our water.

Fortunately, a local group called Buffalo Niagara River Keeper (http://bnriverkeeper.org/) has been hard at work protecting our water since 1989. None…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 31, 2010 at 1:44am — No Comments

Earth Day 2020

It's Earth Day 2020. A lot has changed on planet Earth in the last ten years. Some things for the better, and some for the worse. We've lost some islands due to climate change (http://bit.ly/cj7xw3) and we've had some catastophic storms and droughts, but we've also made huge progress. This year alternative energy will no longer be the alternative because it will surpass fossil fuels as the world's primary source of energy, which is why this year Earth Day…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 30, 2010 at 1:34am — No Comments

Another Kind of Buffalo Wing

Monique’s Chix Video: The Kids Are Alright

A lot of people have heard of Buffalo Wings. They are Buffalo, NY's claim to culinary fame (http://www.anchorbar.com). Last year, however, there was an issue in Buffalo that involved a different sort of chicken wing... the live and flapping kind. A local couple that was keeping several hens in their backyard were told by a City of Buffalo Animal Control Officer that they could not keep their chickens (…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 28, 2010 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Food Security in Buffalo, NY

Food security is often thought of as a problem of developing countries. Sadly, however, it is also a problem in American cities like my hometown of Buffalo, NY. Many Buffalo neighborhoods contain very few business establishments (e.g. supermarkets, farmers markets, etc.) that sell affordable and healthy food. Even when such businesses are fairly close by the difficulty of getting there if one doesn't have a car makes it much more likely that a busy mother will pick up some groceries at a…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 25, 2010 at 2:17am — No Comments

Imagine 2020 in Buffalo, New York

In 2020 I will still be living in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, but many parts of the city will be barely recognizable. The vacant and boarded up homes that once littered neighborhoods will be renovated. The poverty that once plagued our streets will be nearly eradicated. The political inertia that keeps us from finding innovative solutions to problems will be a thing of the past.

Many of the new initiatives that will bring about these changes will be the result of a new kind of…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 24, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Wiki Goverment

I have chosen Beth Simone Noveck, author of Wiki Government, as my social innovation role model. Ms. Noveck is a professor of law at New York Law School. Her bio on the school's web site lists quite a few achievments and projects that she is currently working on, but what makes her my choice for a role model is her work on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Peer to Patent program. This program, detailed in her book, improves the efficiency, productivity,…


Added by Nathan P. Wallace on March 21, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

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This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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