Urgent Evoke

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Manifesto of Urgent Evoke

Urgent Evoke is a call to action for people who are interested about making a change in their immediate surroundings that could potentially lead to more extensive changes all over the country and the world. Evoke agents will learn to think critically about what it is that needs to be done on multiple levels to solve stages of problems such as water shortages, food shortages, etc. You simply need to put on your critical thinking cap and let your heart guide your thoughts and actions. You…

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Added by Courtney Miller on April 13, 2014 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Script for Season 2

You and your family are taking a trip to another city in the US for a week over the summer and you are invited to participate in a Random Acts of Kindness summit while you are there. What contributions can you make in this city where you don't know anyone? Subsequently, what will you take away from this peace-promoting workshop and bring home with you to share with others?

Added by Courtney Miller on April 13, 2014 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Next EVOKE mission?!

I think the next Urgent Evoke mission to be completed is peace between people who do not see eye to eye on controversial issues in society. I know that it is not realistic to expect that people will be able to change there minds so far as to agree completely with others on everything but we need to look at the real roots of violence in our culture today and brainstorm ways that we can change this pattern to one of acceptance and striving for understanding and grace.

Added by Courtney Miller on April 13, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Organizing People

The Flu pandemic has reached my community and therefore I will organize my sorority sisters to raise money and send care packages to those suffering from this horrible illness throughout our community. This will not be a difficult task because there are over 200 of us and if we all bring $3 we can buy supplies to cheer up people in need all over the community.

Added by Courtney Miller on April 9, 2014 at 4:11am — No Comments

Panic in the Community

I found the section about dealing with group panic to be very interesting because I had never given much thought to the fact that there has to be a group of people ready to help deal with community panic in high stress and disaster situations. Everyone copes with fear and anxiety very differently but many people's response would be to panic instead of waiting to hear all of the facts about the situation at hand. I read the article from Harvard about the reasons why panic can become such an…

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Added by Courtney Miller on April 9, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Wisdom when I'm 100

When I'm 100 years old I will want to pass down a lot of wisdom to my family and fellow citizens of the community I live it, which, at that point, may or may not end up being an indigenous community. I think that the main thing that I will want people to realize is that our natural resources are finite and that we need to appreciate them while we have them and not abuse them the way we so often do. I will want to make sure that children grow up and are being raised to understand the…

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Added by Courtney Miller on April 9, 2014 at 3:21am — No Comments

Criminals Don't Obey Laws

I read an article from the KIVU site about lawmaking and the debate about whether laws even need to be in effect if people are just going to break them. Some very interesting points were made and I have never really given much thought to the subject until today but I agree with the school of thought that says that no matter if people are going to deliberately disobey them, laws are very necessary to keep our society functioning safely and properly. Without laws, people would have no societal…

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Added by Courtney Miller on April 9, 2014 at 3:08am — No Comments

My City 2020

In 2020, my City will be controlled almost completely wirelessly and disasters will be noted so quickly that the response time from emergency officials will be at least cut in half from what it is today. People will be able to get live feeds of international and national news as well even quicker than we are already used to. Important buildings will be located right next to one another in a main town square for easier community access. Houses will be divided by community preference such as…

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Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 3:33am — No Comments

Teaching Friends

It is hard to teach people about a topic that I know so little about myself but I asked a few of my friends to watch some of the informational videos with me and it definitely was interesting to learn about urban resilience in our own backyard and what steps we, as community members, need to be taking now.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 3:29am — No Comments

Ushahidi

I was very excited to learn about this revolutionary technology that will no doubt both save and change lives all over the world. I think that as people continue to utilize the open aspect of the software application, they will develop new and even more innovative ways to use Ushahidi so that ultimately it can probably become the new way to broadcast emergencies internationally.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 3:28am — No Comments

2020 Women

Females in 2020 are free to follow their individual hopes and dreams and are not made to feel secondary to anyone else. Men respect women and their bodies and women all over the world are in leadership positions and positions of authority all over the world. Women are not afraid to point out their opinions at home or in the workplace and are confident in their sexuality even if it was not considered conventional in 2010. We have a female President in the US and it is a breath of fresh air…

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Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 2:37am — No Comments

Empowering Women Action

My friends and I are very serious about supporting this cause and consider ourselves to be very passionate about helping women to truly make leaps and bounds in the grand scheme of the world. I have decided that I am going to make it my mission to write and publish a book about how to be a strong woman even in the face of opposition even though I have not faced opposition compared to millions of other women in other parts of the world. I want to write it to help young women grow up knowing…

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Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 1:32am — No Comments

Early Marriage

I found it very interesting that one of the hot topics on the Women Watch page was the issue of early marriage and women speaking out against being forced to marry early. In many cultures, I know that it is very common for marriages to be arranged by parents and family members without any input from the people being married. It is a shame that women in some parts of the world are viewed as so dependent and insignificant that they cannot even choose for themselves who they want to spend the…

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Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 1:28am — No Comments

Only What's In Front of You

Breaking News! A new bank has just opened in Florida this year (2020) and it is no longer lending money to people. Instead, you can use only what money you actually have in your name and instead loan money to friends and family personally. This decreases the enormous amount of debt that is such an issue in this day and age and instead forces you to live within your means as well as count on support from those around you and not the government. The bank is called Hands Bank because you can…

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Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 1:23am — No Comments

Trading

Today, instead of paying my roommate back for food in cash, I asked her if she would mind accepting an alternate form of payment and when she agreed I cleaned her car for her. This is an example of a service that would normally cost her money, but instead I did it for her to pay her back for something else. It worked out well and I feel that it was truly a "win-win" situation.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 1:17am — No Comments

Bartering

It is very interesting to consider the future of money not only in this country but also around the world. Bartering is an ancient way to exchange goods and services and it seemed to work out fairly well for the most part so it would be interesting to see what a modern barter system would do for the global economy as people had the freedom to live more within their means and actually contribute their goods or services to society.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 26, 2014 at 1:15am — No Comments

Water Day 2020

We are going to try and make everyone all over the world wear a swim suit on this day in 2020 to draw attention for out need for water not only for drinking but in so many other aspects of our life. If everyone is wearing a bathing suit, we will get lots of media coverage, which will be a perfect platform to address the needs of our world in terms of clean water and more of it!

Added by Courtney Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Water Security

I am going to post signs in the bathrooms where I live reminding people to turn off the water quickly and when they are done using it immediately so that we can start habits that will stick with people even when they leave college.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Water Challenge

At UF, the sororities and fraternities participate in the water challenge to see which house can successfully use less water over the period of about a month and it is really amazing to see how large groups of people are able to come together and work on an issue that truly faces the entire world even though we don't experience any negative consequences first hand. My sorority really took this challenge on and focused on small ways that we could make a big difference.

Added by Courtney Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Special Day in 2020

In 2020, I will be turning 29 years old and will hopefully be celebrating very differently than I am now in terms of sustainability. By then, I hope that we are using our natural resources more efficiently and maybe my family members will not even use cars to come over to my birthday party. We may be cooking using new and improved methods and all of my birthday presents are going to be more environmentally friendly!

Added by Courtney Miller on February 17, 2014 at 4:26am — No Comments

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