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Integrate Into More School Curricula

I think Dr. Stedman did a tremendous job incorporating this experience into our basic curriculum for our leadership class. Our work focusing on the Seven Revolutions, reading the State of Fear, and our basic Communications curriculum was very related. Project Evoke took our class to that next step - making action tangible.

Urgent Evoke gives us a reason to learn about what is going on in the world now, act upon what we have learned, and imagine what the future may entail.EVOKE is a…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 23, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Crisis Communication

I challenge you, as journalists, to figure out how you can help us to manage fear in the public. I hope you haven't reached the point at which you either want to stick your head in the sand or run around and say the sky is falling.

I hear the word "panic" all the time, and most of the time people don't panic. Panic really is about a loss of social order, a loss of internal order. Most of the time people are running around doing what they believe is self-protective. It's not panic, but…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 23, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

What is life like in 2020 for the girls and women you helped empower in 2010?

A vibrant sun hangs in a blue sky hovering over a landscape of golden sand and palm trees. In a dusty makeshift hospital room and woman is giving birth. The walls are bare except for the cracks that line it. The dark a dank chamber invites mold nourished by the dripping pipes running across the ceiling.

The year is 2010 and the place is Afghanistan. This child will not live. Afghanistan currently has and Infant Mortality Rate of 121 per thousand live births. This is the worst Infant…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 23, 2014 at 3:10am — No Comments

WomenWatch News Feed

"UN calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria".

The name of the article that I have chosen to review from the WomenWatch news feed. This story holds many implications not only for women around the world but the stability of Africa additionally. With a civil war (resulting from tribal factionalism), currently erupting in South Sudan and a failed state system giving rise to the most violent splinter organizations of Al Qaeda in Somalia and Kenya it is…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 23, 2014 at 2:57am — No Comments

Virtual Currency

Recently I used a form of virtual currency that I had never had experience with before. I used the online quasi-banking system of "PayPal". PayPal is extremely popular due to its connection with the online bidding platform "Ebay". PayPal is basically an online bank account in which you can send wire transfers to other parties for payment. The transaction is incredibly easy. Much easier than even using a credit card online. Incidentally I was actually forced to use PayPal. Previously I did…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 23, 2014 at 2:44am — No Comments

Who has the most creative idea for solving the water crisis?

For centuries, we have believed that clean water will always be abundant but as time continues it is becoming more and more apparent that our water resources are draining (literally). One fantastic idea on how to make clean water, based on our current conditions, is to utilize technology that improves recycling of wastewater and sewage treatment so that water can be used for nonpersonal uses such as irrigation or industrial purposes.

Currently, chemicals and runoffs from agricultural…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 22, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Tell a creative story about how you're celebrating a special day in the year 2020.

I imagine that in 2020 my family is celebrating a non-denominational christmas in which the lights are powered by the wind, the earth and water. Every renewable source that occurs naturally in the environment will be tapped and culminate to a point in which oil and gas will only be remembered in the history textbooks. I imagine my husband and I trading stories about when we used to exchange gifts they came wrapped in unnecessary packaging thats production was harmful to the earth (such as…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 22, 2014 at 12:37am — No Comments

Its March 10th, 2020. What are you eating for dinner?

In the year 2020 I am 28 years old. I am eating at a table with my husband seemingly the landscape of food production has not changed drastically. However there do exist significant shifts in food production practices to accommodate future needs and develop an infrastructure to cope with imminent predicaments.

Due to exponential population growth in developing nations, a large portion of our food is not imported but grown in the US. We bought our produce from our local supermarket of…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on April 21, 2014 at 3:29am — No Comments

Food Security in Alachua

One significant aspect of food security is the assuring the safety of commercialized and refined food products, particularly Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's). In the United States, produce companies are not required to label GMO's accordingly however it is estimated that 75% of corn and 85% of our soybean crop is genetically modified.

Recently local groups organized for a protest against the largest GMO's producer in the world, Monsanto. I participated in the protest where many…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on February 14, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Social Innovation

Instead of following a leader on the Internet, I followed a leader in my community. His name is Jared Ginsburg and he is service leader in a mentoring program at Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville. His organization, Greenhouse Ministries, has been working with students at Lincoln for several years. In our training session before our first mentoring session, Jared told us, "this is the trenches where the next generation of poverty will be fought." His words really resonated with me. I, like…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on February 14, 2014 at 4:54am — No Comments

Favorite Social Innovation Tip

My favorite tip was:

Understand by observing the environment, infrastructure, culture and lives of people by being there.

I think this concept can not be underestimated when it comes to creating real and lasting change. When trying to brainstorm ideas for constructing solutions, you must be culturally aware and culturally SENSITIVE. Who the ideas come from and how they are phrased can make the difference in their effectiveness. Sometimes a solution that will work in America for…

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Added by Kayla K. Malone on January 31, 2014 at 1:49am — No Comments

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