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LEARN10 - Mission 10: The future of EVOKE

WHICH great challenges and social problems should the EVOKE Network tackle next?

I think it's important to start changing the education in many countries. The future of a country builds upon its children. It's important to teach them moral standards and rules and not let them become corrupt politicians or political leaders. Educational concepts can be created and adapted to a certain country. It can include steps on how to make the country better and how to achieve the…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 29, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

LEARN9 - Mission 9: Coming to Terms With Uncertainty

I picked "Coming to terms with uncertainty" since sharing uncertain information is the root for every crisis communication. The information is uncertain because it's not possible to see an exact outcome within a short span of time. Which is why it is very important to decide on the information you want to deliver to others. It's your responsibility to share valuable and correct information (even if they're uncertain) in order to prevent confusion and panic. This blog post covers 4 different…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 24, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments

IMAGINE8 - Mission 8: Playing outside instead of spending time online

How many kids play on a playground instead of sitting infront of their computers these days? More and more children are starting to play online games and chat with their friends via instant messengers. I doubt the numbers will decrease throughout the years since the number of online games increase monthly, sometimes even daily. Kids these days depend on their personal computers and one day they won't be able to live without them.

This online world will expand within the next 100…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 15, 2012 at 6:13pm — No Comments

LEARN8 - Mission 8: The Fijian mat

The traditional knowledge success story I want to tell you about comes from Fiji. It is about the most commonly used item in Fiji which is also known as the "grass mat", a mat woven by hand from pandanus leaves.

I found the story pretty interesting because it is about the usage of a natural growing material without relying on any machines. In this…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 15, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

ACT7 - Mission 7: Social networks

This task was kind of difficult to finish. I tried to google and ask friends if they knew anything about the resilience plans of our city. But I couldn't find any satisfying answers. Upon reading blog posts of other agents I came across a pretty recent debate: Using social networks to communicate with each other. I couldn't believe I didn't think of the most recent and also one of the fastest method of expanding resilience nowadays.

It is a fact that facebook has been blocked in…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 14, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

IMAGINE7 - Mission 7: Urban Resilience in Braunschweig 2020

I believe that the fastest way of sharing information is to spread the news among big TV screens at crowded places. TV screens can always attract a person's attention and even if someone can't see the screen, he will still be able to hear the audio from the news. I can imagine everyone having an internet enabled mobile phone in 8 years. But it's not always possible to walk while looking at your phone, this could be dangerous when you're crossing a street as well. TV screens can bring the…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 11, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

LEARN7 - Mission 7: Local crisis

Braunschweig is the city I'm currently living in. It is a small and peaceful town which haven't had any unexpected incidents since I moved here. Since the weather is generally pretty stable in Braunschweig I can only think of 2 crisis which might occur: Sudden discovery of bombs from WW2 and breakout of an unexpected pandemic. I did experience the first crisis at first hand whereas the second one could happen in the future.

Discovery of bombs from WW2

During WW2…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on June 9, 2012 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

IMAGINE6 - Mission 6: Helping a family out of poverty

My parents and I donated $30 in total for this project: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-hundred-friends/

"This project empowers local women to tackle poverty, improves education, and fights daily difficulties in their lives to bring a brighter future by accessing to income-generating work."

Obviously I can't follow the flow of our donation and see its effect at first hand which is…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 30, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments

ACT6 - Mission 6: Income-Generating Project for Tibetan Craftswomen

Being born in China I felt the responsibility to look for projects supporting Chinese women. Scanning through all active projects I came across this one: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-hundred-friends/

"Empowering a woman is empowering a family"

This projects aims to equip local textile craftsmen with the necessary items, who would then be hired to create traditional Tibetan textiles.…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 30, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

ACT5 - Mission 5: Thermoelectric Power On Demand

I own an Ipod which is why seeing the word "POD" on this site http://www.kickstarter.com caught my attention. I briefly scanned the description and decided to support it by donating a dollar. What impressed me most is the idea of carrying renewal energy with me when I'm outside. Renewable energy concepts usually catch my attention since the earth is slowly running out of its natural resources. What people need most nowadays is to find out how to…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 30, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

LEARN6 - Mission 6: Teen pregnancy

Teen precnancy

Teen pregnancy is one of Madagascar's severe issues. Girls as young as 12 or 13 years old get pregnant because they lack education and birth control. Often the birth comes with a lot of other difficulties such as travelling to far away hospitals, high death rates right after giving birth and post-birth infections leading to dangerous diseases and sometimes even death. UN Population Fund revealed that the Sofia region has one of the highest death rates in the country, with…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 30, 2012 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

LEARN5 - Mission 5: Mobile payments

There's one thing beside money you hold close to you wherever you go. Yes, you guessed it right, it's your personal mobile phone. Building upon this fact, SapientNitro came up with a very detailed and interesting infographic about mobile payments in the future. The growing distribution of smart phones makes the development of mobile payment concepts even easier.

There are 3 different types of mobile…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 26, 2012 at 2:21pm — No Comments

IMAGINE4 - Mission 4: Using used instead of clean water to flush your toilet!

It's March 24, 2020 and "Global Water Day". On this day founded 5 years ago experts composed a list of water saving methods. Even though GWD is still at its experimenting stage, a lot of people already choose to celebrate it by applying different methods to this special day. I want to introduce one method I came up with 5 years ago:

How many times do you flush your toilet every day? Have you ever been wondering why the toilet always uses clean (drinkable) water to flush down your…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 19, 2012 at 7:25pm — No Comments

ACT4 - Mission 4: Donating $10 for the Uganda Water Project

While investigating innovative water projects for mission 4 I came across the "Uganda Water Project". I briefly described their mission to provide safe and accessible drinking water using water tanks in Uganda (please check my "Learn" blog post of mission 4). Each water tank costs $3500 to build and install and can be used for more than 30 years!

I must admit that I've never donated any money to projects like this before. Which is why I decided to stop being selfish and finally…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 19, 2012 at 7:06pm — 1 Comment

LEARN4 - Mission 4: Ugandan Water Project

While looking for innovative water projects I came across the project called "Uganda Water Project" (UWP). It aims at providing safe and accessible drinking water and other catalyst resources to communities in Uganda. UWP centers around rain water collection systems funded by donors wishing to have an individual connection to rural communities in the East African nation of Uganda.

It takes about 30 days to install and build a tank once the funds are…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 19, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

IMAGINE3 - Mission 3: Tell a creative story about how you're celebrating a special day in the year 2020

I'm sitting in the living room with my family and we're having Christmas dinner. The main light source comes from candles on our Christmas tree next to the table. The electrical light is darkened and you can hear soft music coming from the radio. Everything in our living room uses a power source we generate on our own (except for the TV). Each of us generates mechanical energy for the generator we keep in our garage. The converted electrical energy stays for at least a year before starting…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 12, 2012 at 1:05pm — No Comments

ACT3 - Mission 3: Design a new way to power something you use everyday.

The table lamp standing right next to me is the item I use everyday. It would be great if I could generate its power source on my own. I've read some of other Evoke members' ideas; the most popular one is to build a generator which can feed your lamp with electrical power. The basic idea is to convert mechanical energy to electrical energy. I came up with several steps which I think are important for building a generator:

Step 1: Collect data of my everyday life

What kind of…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 12, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments

LEARN3 - Mission 3: Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives?

Basic facts about India's electricity supply

More than 65% of India's population lives in the countryside which contains more than 60 000 villages. Many of them are situated in rugged terrain and inaccessible locations. This is the reason why most of these remote villages are not connected to the national electric power grid. Some villages have a very irregular electricity supply whereas other villages have no electricity at all.

Innovator Manoj Sinha



Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 12, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

ACT2 - Mission 2: Increase the food security of at least one person in your community

I think that it is difficult and kind of boring to increase the food security on your own. I would lack motivation to keep up with my work, especially knowing that I can buy food from a supermarket at anytime. This is why I'm planning on starting my own gardening club. I'll invite friends to join in order to set up and work on the garden together. We will plant our own fruit trees and vegetables. Once a year we will hold a "banquet" (probably a stand on a marketplace) with food from our…


Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 4, 2012 at 3:58pm — 5 Comments

IMAGINE2 - Mission 2: It's March 10, 2020. What are you eating for dinner?

It's 7 PM and I look out of the kitchen window. I see the trees in my garden and the last rays of sunshine shining through the leaves. I stand up and take another look at the trees I planted years ago. A soft wind drifts outside, making the leaves covering the signs I put up infront of each tree. Each sign tells me what kind of fruit the tree bears. I take a quick glance at the beds full of vegetables being ready to be picked and turned into delicious meals. I smile and think back when my…

Added by Juanjuan Yin on May 4, 2012 at 3:32pm — 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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