I'm celebrating my 100th birthday today. No one came. None physically at least...except for my loving wife who is always at my side. A lot of friends greeted me in a social network, some left a message in my voicemail, while some left electronic gifts and cards.
I miss the old days...back in the 90s...before mobile phones, laptops, tablets. The more gadgets became mobile, the more socializing became electronic...like softcopies… Continue
The yellow house is where I live right now. We are surrounded by trees that were planted by my parents, grandparents, and other relatives. They were able to build a haven for us by helping one another.
On the other side of the road (represented by the yellow box) is a large area with…
Here in the Philippines, I can see a lot of ways Ushahidi can help our country mainly because almost everyone here owns a mobile phone. The power of crowdsourced information is really applicable especially when resources are limited and it allows evidence based interventions.
I have a lot of ideas mixing in my head right now...so I'll just focus on the ones I can explain the most.
1. For Environmental Watch. Recently, a "rape of the ocean" occurred in my country.…
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Lovelots - Baked Pastries and Beyond. It's founder and owner, Ms. Melissa Pedrena shares her rags-to-riches life story in a local news network. Even after becoming a billionaire, she continues to be humble and simple, a living example to all people striving for a better future.
To empower other women (and men), she conducts free workshops on…
Recently I helped my friend start a baking business called Lovelots. I encouraged her to find something she is good at and also helped her setup her own website. After doing so, her number of orders has drastically increased. She makes really good cake and cupcake designs and they taste good as well!
My country had equal rights to women even before I was born. However, women-related violence is still evident. Every now and then news about rape and abuse is reported. That is why it is a good sign when women are allowed to express and do what they can for a better tomorrow.
A new form of banking has emerged in the Philippines that aims to uplift the status of the poorest of the poor. This innovation began with the 'Bank of Change', where Filipinos classified as 'severely poor' can exchange their coins (also known as 'change', hence the clever double-meaning name of the bank) for more than its original monetary value.
Wow this is probably the fastest mission I will be able to do. I actually contacted the Ateneo Innovation Center already...I was trying to know more about their innovations for LEARN4. Here was my email to them:
Dear Mr. Cabacungan,
My name is Sid Cardenas and I'm currently playing Evoke (http://urgentevoke.com), a social impact game developed by Jane McGonigal and funded by the World Bank Institute. It is a game… Continue
I can barely hear myself think. People are already celebrating the coming year.
Fireworks from Bulacan exploding continuously, multiple drunk karaoke bards singing different songs non-harmoniously, and 'Torotots' trying to beat vuvuzelas as the most annoying instrument ever made (no offense).
I...really hate new year's eve. So much money, energy,… Continue
I have been discussing with a colleague of mine about alternative energy. I remembered back in high school that photosynthesis produces huge amounts of energy. Then I thought that the concept is already similar with solar energy since it harnesses the power of the sun. This led to me looking for 'solar trees' and lo and behold there are already some like that.
But ultimately, the problem with solar power is that it is fragile. Especially in a country like the Philippines… Continue
This is a tricky one. This mission is not as easy as it seems. Crops take time to grow, and there is a science behind farming to make it sustainable.
Also, i'm in a bit of a bind here...because we already have a flourishing garden at our backyard (i'll submit images tomorrow when the sun is up and i can take some pics). It has mangoes, bananas, coconuts, guavas, and other fruits and vegetables that have no english translations!
9 years from now, social innovations have shattered the term 'developing world'. Mobile technology has allowed every person access to the Internet, thereby connecting each country digitally; opening more doors for social innovation. Capitalism is deemed 'unsustainable' and Globalization has moved to a neo-socialism principle. Fossil fuel is no more...not by choice, but because it is depleted. Biodiesel becomes the new Black Gold, but there is still interest in renewable energy… Continue