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Aid to women

The story on womenwatch that I thought was one of the most important wasn't one of hope, but one which simply informed. http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=88685 tells the story of how women and girls are often given less food than they need, because the food is diverted to the males of the family. These people in Pakistan have been displaced by war, and now there is not…

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Added by Thomas Bell on April 9, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Listening to the right people

Local knowledge is always useful. Numerous times throughout history people have gone into a new situation interacting with the locals, without understanding what was happening. Reading an article in New Scientist, which mentioned that psychologists from the west going…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 27, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

Water day 2020

This day's project takes a leaf out of Earth Hour. In other words, in order to raise awareness and challenge people to think about water, people will have to go a wh*** day without using water (Except to drink, of course). This would mean that many household tasks, like washing dishes and gardening, will be almost impossible. Of course, people would be welcome to travel down to the nearest river and bathe there!

Added by Thomas Bell on March 27, 2010 at 1:43am — No Comments

Barangay Villahermosa

This little barangay (community) situated on an island in the central Philippines is an example of a community learning how to help itself. Receiving no help from the local government, the people began to collectively finance a system of pipes to make sure that clean water reached all of their homes. They also created a new chlorination facility. The plan was to make sure that instead of having a wh*** village relying on one tap, every 6-10 households would have their own set of taps to…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 25, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Fish tank motor

When I looked at this, I thought, what do I have that can already produce power? Of course, the first thing I thought of was my exercize bike, but this is overused, and really, would only power something if I was exercizing.
Then I heard the constant sound of water trickling into one of my fish tanks, so constant that I don't hear it anymore. I imagine that once could use this to provide small amounts of power, like that to charge a phone. Its better than the bike, because it is always on.…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 25, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Challenge 20/20

I would like to highlight another group of people trying to solve world problems through collaboration. When I was in middle school, my school participated in the Challenge 20/20 program (http://www.nais.org/conferences/index.cfm?ItemNumber=147262). In this, we partnered up with a school in the USA, and tried to find a way to solve one of 20 major global problems, based off the book High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20… Continue

Added by Thomas Bell on March 24, 2010 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Birthday in 2020

Ah the primacy of the 20's at my peak. Celebrating my 27th birthday. Living in suburban Brisbane, Australia, which has undergone a massive shift. Luckily, practices common in outback Australia for water and energy preservation have been successfully transported to the city. Every house now has a water tank to catch rainwater. These are used to power mini-hydro generators, which work with the solar panels that work so well in the sunny climes of Northern Australia. Power is stored in a battery… Continue

Added by Thomas Bell on March 24, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Action in Universities

I found this to be a very difficult task. I was intent on finding an innovator in Manila, Philippines, but after much fruitless searching nothing could be found. In a way, this is not surprising, as many people no doubt lack any internet or communication services, so much innovation goes to waste. In the end, I gave up finding something which hadn't been posted on evoke already. Instead I looked up Australia, and was surprised at how universities were using there vast number of intelligent… Continue

Added by Thomas Bell on March 24, 2010 at 1:01pm — 4 Comments

Mobile Phones combating Poverty

This game has been specifically made to be played on Mobile Phones. This is evidence of how mobile phones have completely changed peoples lives, not just in developed countries, but in developing countries, where landlines were passed over in favour of the easier Mobile. So there we go, a resource, something almost everyone, or at least every family, has, even in the poorest countries.
I post this because of a New Scientist article I read (…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 23, 2010 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Food in 2020

Back in Australia, working now. Ah dinner with the colleagues, always a good time. Pity that we rarely have meat in our meals, such as that enjoyed in youth. Still, good collection of vegetables here, tofu of course, now the main source of protein for many people. It was hard to adjust to it, having disliked it so much, but since meat prices skyrocketed, I'm afraid I have to live with it.
We're all eating some kind of vegetable soup, one of the many varieties out there. Point and pick from…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Manila's Street Children

In manila, small, often orphaned children, beg passing cars for money, walking across the road and tapping the windows of passing drivers, asking for meager amounts of change. Alternatively they try to sell flowers or other such items. However, what many people who kindly and completely innocently give money to the children is that many of them are members of organized gangs, and are used by others to make money. The money you give them is often taken by the organizers of these 'cartels', and… Continue

Added by Thomas Bell on March 23, 2010 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Manila Food Security

I live a good life. A great life. I'm in the largest house I've ever lived in, with the comforts of modern life. I have people ready to serve me food straight away when I get home. However, I live in a small little world. I actually live in a walled community, with guards at all the gates, separating it from the outside world.
Food problem. What food problem? None here. Never heard anyone I know mention it. Sadly enough, this is true, and I'm sure it is true for most people here. To give…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 22, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

Best-Scenario in my life 2020

Its near the beginning of my third year studying coral bleaching on one of the few remaining relatively healthy sections of the Great Barrier Reef. The data that the team I am part of has collected has been important in determining what climate change, pollution, overfishing, and aquaculture are doing to the natural ecosystems of the ocean. The day is drawing to a close, and I have just come back from a scuba diving mission, gladdened by the fact that as far as I could tell there were no new… Continue

Added by Thomas Bell on March 22, 2010 at 11:06am — No Comments

Efren Peñaflorida, Jr.

Efren Penaflorida Jr. has been working with Filipino children since he was in school. I choose him because I had the pleasure of meeting him at and talking with him. He was elected CNN hero of the year, which of course was an honour for him, and a demonstration of how much his work matters.
What he started was a novel attempt to educate the Filipino children. Schools here are difficult to set up, and time using, so what he did was get all the educational materials you'd find in a classroom…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 14, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Paul Polak: If somebody already invented it, you don’t have to

When working on a project with someone, one of the most annoying things possible is that you spend ages working on something, say a poster, only to find the next day that your partner has already done that, and you wasted a huge amount of time an effort. Similarly, when trying to solve global problems, there is little to be gained from multiple people creating the exact same solution to a problem, or simply trying to redo something already done.
That is not to say, however, that people…
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Added by Thomas Bell on March 12, 2010 at 4:52pm — 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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