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This is an Urgent EVOKE progress report. All names have been changed to protect the identity of the subjects detailed in this report. A voice modulator has been used.



Well, I don't know why I put up with 'Matt' for so long. When we first met he was great - you know, he did all the nice… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 14, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Empowering women begins at home!!!

On encountering the mission for ACT6 - to "help empower one girl or woman with better access to education or economic opportunity", I was overjoyed. I would like to take this opportunity to share a project that myself and my mother have been involved with for several years now.



In my city there is a residential home* for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. The residents of the home are women who have fled violent relationships and left everything behind. Most arrive with… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 14, 2010 at 6:42pm — 4 Comments

Killing in the name of...?

I've always considered myself as a 'semi-feminist'. I do feel very strongly about the rights of women in society and at the same time, increasingly glad that I live in a country which upholds those rights. When I saw this week's topic, the empowerment of women, I knew that once I began my research I would discover violations of these rights which would truly upset me.



The UK is far from perfect when it comes to gender equality. Domestic abuse is a scourge of the developed world, and… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 14, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Money that doesn't really exist?

To be honest, when I first saw the LEARN5 mission objective - to write about an alternative currency or monetary project - my first thought was to virtual money. However, I felt uncomfortable writing on this subject as I couldn't see any benefit to it which would make a blog post relevant to EVOKE. Having thought a little more on the subject, I now see things a little differently.



EVOKE aside, my main online hobby is the virtual world of Second Life. It is where my EVOKE agent name and… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 11, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

WWD2020 EVOKE report: Carrying life in your hands

22/03/2020 - World Water Day 2020 EVOKE report



There have been some really innovative projects for WWD in the past ten years. The public have been engaged, inspired and influenced so much by what they have seen of the water-related issues which our dedicated social entrepreneurs have brought to the fore. Together we have built millions of wells in Africa and India and improved the sanitation of millions more. As water issues became more prevalent… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 11, 2010 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

EVOKE@Kiva Update: Steaming ahead!

EVOKE@Kiva

Issue #1 | Issue #2



Welcome to the second newsletter for EVOKE agents acting through the microfinance web site Kiva. If you are interested in microloans and/or already a member of Kiva, hopefully the following information will be of interest… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 9, 2010 at 6:30pm — 19 Comments

EVOKE@Kiva Update: I'm turning into a Kiva addict!

EVOKE@Kiva

Issue #1 | Issue #2



Since starting a lender team for EVOKE agents on microloan web site Kiva, I've been quite busy researching into the microloan project. If you are interested in microloans and/or already a member of Kiva, hopefully the… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — 46 Comments

Toilet 'malls' in Kenya!

While researching I discovered an African organisation called Ecotact, one of Ashoka's partners. This project won a $200,000 prize in 2009 in the Changemakers/Global Water Challenge Contest for its work in Nairobi, Kenya. Ecotact works in both urban and rural situations to solve water and sanitation issues.



Ecotact's unique… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 3, 2010 at 11:37am — 5 Comments

How many steps do you take to get clean water?

It is an unfortunate human trait that after a while, we become so totally accustomed to something which initially shocked us that we are totally desensitized to it.



The water crisis is a problem we've heard about so much through the media. Are we telling ourselves we know so much about water that we are forgetting about how big this issue really is? What we need is shock tactics. Here are some that I've discovered while researching for this mission*.



Lack of… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on April 3, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Kiva... an EVOKE group?

I just joined Kiva.org today! I also found my first borrower, a lady in Nicaragua

who needs help with getting her daughter to university.



Although I'd think Kiva is well-known here already, I was a little surprised to discover that I couldn't find our own lender group on Kiva, and no mentions of one being started here on EVOKE. So, I took it upon myself to start one, which you can find here :- …



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Added by Riko Kamachi on April 2, 2010 at 10:53am — 3 Comments

The Year of the Rat

25th January 2020



Today is the first day of the Lunar Calendar. That makes it the first day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and because today also happens to be a Saturday, the streets of Chinatown are full with people. It's a special year for me, because today is also the first year of the 12 year cycle, the Year of the Rat. I happen to be a Rat in the Chinese zodiac; this is my year.



Today's celebrations don't look so different from the celebrations ten years ago. The… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

An idea for the Admins?

I've noticed that a lot of people are sending mails to everyone on their friends lists simply to notify them that they've written a new blog post. It's quite annoying, but in a way I can see why people see this is necessary to spread the information in a blog post they've written.



E-mail notification seems a bit too messy to me, when you have a large number of friends. I've just checked my e-mail account and there are 287 mails in there from the last two days. I know you can switch… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 2:17pm — 11 Comments

Aaargh, my laptop's overheating!

A few years ago I was a student at university, in the design school. Though as students we had access to quite a large number of the PCs, Macs and other computer equipment that we needed to complete our assignments. However, laptops were a necessity for the majority of people on our course due to the need to carry around large amounts of digital information.



Though the UK is a northern country and the university is both close to the coast and near the river which splits the city in… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

The sweet smell of inspiration

The challenge I'm tackling today is to find a 'power player'... quite literally. I love the first part of missions on EVOKE because they seem to focus in on finding the very source of inspiration. Inspiration to me is the real fuel that's powering our EVOKE community. It's where the ideas are coming from as well as the hunger to think them up. It's also by far the easiest of the three types of mission because there are so many inspirational people out there to write about!



For my… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

A future?

Imagine, if you will, just one eventuality out of millions.



July 2020



It's mid-summer in England and the BBC weather programme is forecasting yet another scorching weekend. This is followed by a government announcement: the presenter reminds viewers that the sun shelter time begins at 11:24am and ends at 2:07pm. The streets are silent, and the glaring heat reflects from the off-white sun screens fixed to every window. Here and there the signs of a household unable to pay for… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

This guy is a TRUE inspiration!

I just found this article about Liberian Alfred Sirleaf - the 'Blackboard Blogger' - who has found a very inventive way to distribute news in his home country, where many people can't afford to buy newspapers, a TV or go on the internet. His idea really impressed me.



His project is called Daily Talk. Every morning before the rush hour he writes news on blackboards fixed to his… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 9:05pm — 10 Comments

Bothering the "higher-ups"

ACT2 has provided quite a difficult challenge to me, which I consider a good thing. There are so many good ideas floating about in people's evidence posts that I felt I had to bring something new to the table. I want to thank everyone who has made suggestions and offered their help to me in this.



I am glad to say I have found my evidence! My answer to this mission is to write the following letter to my MP, alerting them to the fact this is an… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 3:03pm — 18 Comments

Click to give!

Sarah Hickox had this amazing idea in her blog post (http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/click-to-give) which featured web sites which give food to the hungry with one click.



As this is Sarah's idea I'm not using this as my own evidence for ACT2, but I thought it would be useful to have a post with as many similar 'click to give daily' web sites donating to worldwide causes as I could find, as a quick-click… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

What is this game for?

I am not pointing any fingers here. It's only day two here for me and I'm still finding my way around and learning a great deal. However, I've already noticed that a few folks seem to be treating this wh*** thing like one big popularity contest. Doesn't that completely miss the point?



I thought EVOKE was about learning how to better the world and helping and encouraging others in a community to do the same, not stroking your own ego. The points system will become utterly meaningless… Continue

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 26, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

ACT2: Aaaargh....

ACT2's mission is to,

Increase the food security of at least one person in your community.

The ideas on the objective page sound really good, but I'm not sure how any of them would apply to me. I can think of ideas that would benefit myself but not others. I need to think of something challenging but possible.

Any ideas?

Added by Riko Kamachi on March 26, 2010 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

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