A crash course in changing the world.
The EVOKE Network is a platform anyone can use to gain knowledge about an array of critical issues that are currently negatively impacting the world. Through the information provided on the site and the further research members conduct they are able to make changes in their own lives in order to adjust these negative impacts into positive ones. Furthermore, after the members of EVOKE make changes they are able to tell their family, friends, and even strangers about the issues that are…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments
In my opinion, the next social problem the EVOKE Network should tackle would be expanding upon the educational opportunities, especially for women in under developed countries, across the world. If these opportunities for further education are made available to women then many of the social issues addressed by EVOKE would be resolved because the women would be able to provide for their families. For example, if women are receiving incomes because their education allows them to work at higher…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
For World Water Day in 2020 I would design a challenge for people my community to try to go one day without using water from the tap. This means that people who accept the challenge are not allowed to use water from sinks, the shower or bathtub, or even from a water bottle or restaurant drink machine. Instead people would have to forage for water and undergo the necessary sanitation measures, which we will inform them of prior to their acceptance of the challenge, in order to be able to…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 8:49pm — No Comments
The water project that I find the most interesting is about Teresa Guzman, a woman who leads a Parent Teacher Association in Guatemala. Teresa and the other members of the group were responsible for bringing water to the 50-student school in order to give to students to drink, make snacks, and wash dishes. The women were realizing that many of the students were becoming sick because the only water that was available to them was contaminated. After working with the government and Water for…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 8:41pm — No Comments
The non-medical crisis networking group I would put together for this outbreak would include the world's top chefs and vitamin experts. Because different spices and cooking ingredients effect the body differently, the chefs in my networking group would be able to inform people about what foods they can prepare to help them feel better faster. Furthermore, the vitamin experts will be able to give recommendations about what natural supplements can be taken to reduce the effects of the pandemic…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 1:58am — No Comments
In my opinion, the most important secret from the "Guide to Crisis Communciation During a Pandemic" would be learning how to come to terms with uncertainty. Uncertainty in life can be very scary for people to learn to cope with but learning this skill is necessary to do. Once people are able to come to terms with the uncertainties in life they will be better equipped for crisis situations. During a crisis situation if you have not learned how to handle this stress you will not be able to…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 22, 2014 at 1:45am — No Comments
When I am 100 the wisdom about my local environment that I would pass down to the future generations would be about Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park located in Gainesville, Florida. In this park an array of different animals can be found including wild horses, wild hogs, bison, and alligators! Despite the vast nature experiences that can be had when visiting this area not many people know about it; therefore, I would inform these later generations about this location so they could further…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 14, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments
The community management success story that I found is about how the government in Botswana has given the people of the communities the ability to conserve and develop their natural resources. The most important lesson learned from this case is that when communities are able to receive profit from their natural resources there will be an increased inclination to preserve them for more sustainable development.
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 14, 2014 at 2:55pm — No Comments
To help spread the word about the new sustainable measures on the University of Florida campus I talked to my two roommates and my coworker about some of the more eco-friendly options that are available to students. My roommate Madison frequents the Starbucks on campus several times a week. I told her that if she brings her reusable mug to the store and asks them to make her drink in that instead of the cups they provide, she will not only be helping the environment but she will also get a…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 13, 2014 at 10:36pm — No Comments
One crisis Floridians face is hurricanes. Hurricanes can be very powerful and can leave people without the necessary resources they need to survive, like food and water. With the Ushahidi tool data about the storm can be tracked to provide Floridians with accurate information about the hurricane. Some information that could be provided is where the hurricane is located, how strong of a storm it is, the predicted duration of the storm, and what other advisories are in effect, like flood or…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 13, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments
The project that I chose aims to help women in Nigeria become poultry farmers and focuses on giving 400 women the necessary skills to farm and support their families. Some current issues in Nigeria include famine and poverty, especially for women who often depend economically on men. Educating these women to farm poultry will empower them and allow them to not only support their families financially but will also provide their community with fresh poultry. In 2020, women in Nigeria will be…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 12, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments
The story I investigated dealt with what steps could be taken to make the markets in Papua New Guinea safer for women. The article highlighted that about eighty percent of vendors in the Port Moresby market are women, most of which are extremely poor and depend on selling their goods in order to survive. A study revealed that fifty-five percent of women in this market place experienced sexual violence. Vendors' associations began working to make these places more safe for the women by…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on April 12, 2014 at 5:47pm — No Comments
Everybody moves, so my idea to power the electronics around us would be to harbor the energy from movements. As soon as people wake up they are moving: they have to get ready for work or school (taking a shower, eating breakfast, getting dressed, etc.) then once they are at work or school they continue moving, whether it is walking around, typing, writing, or talking. All of these movements would acc**ulate throughout the day and could be used to power things like cell phones, lap tops, and…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on March 4, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments
I work at a locally-run smoothie store and my friend works at locally-run coffee shop and whenever either of us work a shift we get a free drink from our establishments. Before this assignment there were times when I would not get my shift drink because I was not in the mood for a smoothie. After this assignment I decided to ask my friend if she wanted to switch shift drinks, so I would give her my smoothie and she would give me her coffee. She agreed and we are going to continue using this…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on March 4, 2014 at 4:56pm — No Comments
I think the biggest change in how we use money in the future is going to be the increasing dependence on electronic money. Most people rely on debit or credit cards to make purchases and with the increasing technologies of smart phones, I believe, that the process of buying and selling goods will become possible to complete through phones. Currently, there is an App called Google Wallet, that allows customers to simply tap their phone, which securely contains their credit card information,…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on March 4, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
In the year 2020, I will be celebrating Christmas and all the Christmas lights used will be powered by alternative energy sources. The lights on houses will collect energy from the sun during the day so they will have enough power to light up at night. Furthermore, the holiday lights inside homes will receive energy through hydroelectric power, wind power, and geothermal power.
Added by Abigail Griffin on February 3, 2014 at 2:15am — No Comments
The power player that I found is named Stephen Wood, who is an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology. Wood is working on creating Wing Waves, which can be placed under the sea and produce electricity from the water. It is estimated that one square mile of Wing Waves can produce enough electricity to power about 200,000 houses. In regards to possible negative impacts on sea life, it has been proven that the wings are environmentally friendly and will not negatively impact sea…Continue
On March 10, 2020 I will be eating dinner with my family. The meal will consist of a fresh salad with lots of locally grown vegetables, wh*** grain pasta with organic chicken, marinara sauce, and more vegetables, and finally a slice of the bread that I just made using my bread maker. We will finish our meal with some homemade ice cream that we made as a family.
Added by Abigail Griffin on February 2, 2014 at 1:25am — No Comments
In order to help create better food security for the people around me, I donate canned goods to my church each week. These goods are used to provide meals to the people who are facing an emergency situation and have nothing to eat.
Added by Abigail Griffin on February 2, 2014 at 1:17am — No Comments
One issue that I find plaguing my community is the "food desert" concept, which is characterized by urban environments that have few opportunities to buy healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats. Instead there is a heavy reliance on snack foods and highly processed ready to eat meals. These communities also tend to have major issues with obesity and diseases related to poor diets. One solution that has recently taken place is that there have been more markets opening in my community that focus…Continue
Added by Abigail Griffin on February 2, 2014 at 1:14am — No Comments