The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is a huge contest where the goal is to fulfill Mr. Fuller's ideal of using understanding
to create solutions that help the most people while using the least amount of resources.
Go check it out if you want to be inspired for your own Evokation, and/or maybe want to learn something, and possibly even offer to help out... These finalists are the ones who move… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 29, 2010 at 7:00pm —
In 2011, if there was a pandemic, I'd be immediately calling on my global team at the Human Powered School
which has just celebrated it's first birthday, and has also just hit one million members, and now has three non-virtual schools in community centers (including one in my own city of Somerville, Massachusetts). Most of our members are kids and teenagers, all of whom have been enthusiastically teaching others, and… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 29, 2010 at 2:30am —
A few years ago I developed what I call Emotional First Aid, which is very similar to many other approaches to helping calm people down when there is some kind of extreme situation or high level of stress. The very well written and thoughtful information that was linked to in the Mission 9 Learn briefing, the Nieman Guide to Covering Pandemic Flu, also offered this kind of systematic approach to psychological emergencies.… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 29, 2010 at 1:48am —
I'm excited to help inspire people to create something meaningful with their own hands for this weeks action mission. I know it's not always easy to be creative, and so I'd like to offer some brainstorming help to make your mission simpler and more fun!
Step 1 - For starters, pick something simple. Pick some small bit of knowledge that people in your area have known for centuries about the land and what it offers humans. A local food, building material, water source, or even just the… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 26, 2010 at 1:54pm —
I finally picked one thing to make for the action part of this week's mission. I had so many ideas! And I'm actually going to add some more small things, once I can get the materials...
But for now, this is what I've created, the earth box, in which I've combined native wisdom from the… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 25, 2010 at 8:30pm —
Last night I went to a sort of mini TED-talk-like presentation that kicked off the Cambridge Science Festival, and the last speaker of the night was Harvard University sociologist, and 2010 TED talk presenter, Nicholas Christakis. He's studying human systems and how the connections between the nodes (relationships between people) affect the individuals and the system as a wh***. And, he has discovered evidence that the secret to a healthy, resilient system is having both types of… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 24, 2010 at 2:36pm —
In 2069, I will have finished my first century of life on this planet, and I'll be just finishing up spending my energy learning how to collaborate with the Earth's own abundant resources to create new and wonderful things for all of humanity, and I will be very, very likely to want to share that understanding with not just the humans, but with all other intelligent Earthlings and intelligent life from other worlds, as well, many of whom we humans have learned to effectively communicate with.… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm —
GENGENLILAS PRESCHOOL: COMMUNITY EFFORT FOR COMMUNITY GAIN IN CANADA Continue
When the Campbell River First Nation on Vancouver Island decided to build a preschool for its community, it had specific needs in mind. It wanted a school that would teach children about the First Nation's culture and that would be free of charge to anyone in the community. Today, that school – the…
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 22, 2010 at 3:00pm —
offered a link to a project called Thrivability
, which I think is very inspiring and goes a long way towards reminding people about what elements are needed
to help people grow into successful and transcendent beings who really thrive, rather than just survive!
So, go play with the… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 21, 2010 at 1:22pm —
From changemaker and A list blogger, Seth Godin, we get a few simple tips
on how to be a valuable contributor to your online friends:
Great online friends egg you on.
Great online friends spread the word about the work you're doing.
Great online friends respectfully challenging your deeply held beliefs.
Great online friends demand the best from you.
And the… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 19, 2010 at 12:59pm —
Hot off the press! Here's a little journal article I'm working on, for those interested in a much deeper understanding of human needs and healthy growth and development, and/or a simple and powerful map for effective problem solving...Maslow 2.0
Building upon the world of developmental psychologists, biologists, and even physics, we now have a more accurate and detailed version of how humans grow and what they need at each level to… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 18, 2010 at 5:30pm —
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 —
I did this with my two five year old buddies this afternoon. I think it's pretty awesome! They did almost all of the cutting and moving things around, while I was in charge of taking the pictures and assembling them on the computer. We make a pretty good team, don't you think? :-)
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 16, 2010 at 11:44pm —
Please go read 's Agent Andrew Jensen's excellent and unique and powerful blog post on permaculture principles
and how they relate to the Evoke network and social innovation in general. This kind of basic awareness of systems theory is so very useful to creating sustainable, ecological solutions to the world's problems.
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 16, 2010 at 4:53pm —
Date: April 15th 2020.
Somerville, Massachusetts is the most densely populated city in New England, and several years ago city planners and citizens realized that it was crucial to the health and sustainability of the city to increase the living green spaces of the city, while decreasing the prevalence of blacktop and cars. So in a sweeping gesture, the city has today rolled out new zoning ordinances that encourage all street parking spaces and parking lots on city and private land to… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 15, 2010 at 7:00pm —
So far, I've sent out the following information to several groups and individuals in my city:
I'm participating in a program to help nurture new leaders in social
innovation, and this week we are covering the topic of urban resiliency, and maybe some of you folks can help me out gathering information.
Specifically, I'm looking for information
(program names are fine, links are great) on any programs in the city (government and/or NGOs) that are working to increase… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 15, 2010 at 4:30pm —
I live in New England, a part of the US where we regularly get blizzards (also called Nor'easters, for the North East direction of the storm's movement). We can easily get several feet of snow in less than 24 hours, and it quite literally freezes the flow of the cities commerce and resources. For most people, it's not a big deal to be stuck inside, or to have to navigate the piles of snow and slippery streets and sidewalks and stairs, and often there are power outages, as well. But there are… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 15, 2010 at 12:05am —
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 —
In 2020, with all the efforts of the wide diversity of projects promoting healthy, sustainable growth of all Earthlings, flora, fauna, and others, leaders of all kinds, from global organizations, to small governments, to business owners, to teachers, to parents, and even to kids, have learned how to nurture everyone so that the world is full of amazing communities and individuals working collaboratively to care for their planet.
On the personal level, humans learn that they deserve to… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 12, 2010 at 4:00pm —
One of my favorite authors and storytellers is Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote the book Blink, about how the unconscious mind makes better decisions than the conscious mind when the situation is complex, the book The Tipping Point, about how one small change can make a world of difference, and more recently the book Outliers about what made the most successful humans of the world so successful.
And in doing the research for Outliers, what Gladwell discovered is that beyond the most rock… Continue
Added by Turil Cronburg on April 12, 2010 at 1:00pm —