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Evoke Season 2

My plans for Evoke Season 2:

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

Morality, Social behavior and business culture problems.

  • WHERE in the world should the network try to build up new EVOKE communities?
The places where the problems occur; be local, think global.

  • WHO would you encourage to play Season 2?
Tori Hogan, my social innovation hero.

  • HOW would…

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 12, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

A crisis call for action

What will I do when a pandemic happens and I can't call doctors?

I will call teachers and ask them to explain each part of the plan and neccesary information that doctors provide us with. This will help people become aware of the facts of the situation. I will call Logistics Managers to make sure resources go to the right place at the right time. I will call political leaders to ask them to advise people to stay calm.

I will call a lot of people and I will help them connect… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 11, 2010 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Our future ecosystem

When I'm 100 years old, I will leave the world with a message.

A message of what the world is like at that moment, so others will know this when they find this information in the even more distant future. It will contain the following information:

Clouds in the sky are created by evaporated water from the oceans. They are moved by the wind and they rain down the water in the mountains. This rain gets in the river where it flows towards the ocean. When the river meets the… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 11, 2010 at 11:36pm — No Comments


Ushahidi could help to map bankruptcy in the Netherlands. This could help the huge group of people that doesn't have a job anymore because their company doesn't exist anymore. Especially the (not director/management) employees could get a job more easily if companies use Ushahidi to contact potential employees (because they had nothing to do with the bankruptcy, that was just bad management or a sudden bad economic situation in the country).

Ushahidi could have Human Resources… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 11, 2010 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Using a different currency

Yesterday I received accommodation for a discussion I held with different professionals to test my thesis (school). The discussion was at a beautiful workplace and everyone got drinks during the discussion and a goody bag at the end. In exchange they got free publicity. I'm going to write an article on my thesis and I will also mention that the discussion held place at their workplace. We didn't even discuss finances, we just both helped each other and called it even. I think this is a much… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 11, 2010 at 10:37pm — No Comments

World Water Day 2020

It will be a surprising sight to see a river in the Sahara (big enough to locate on Google Earth), but this is exactly what will be on the news in 2020. That's because it's World Water Day.

A humanmade "river" will be created that consists entirely out of clean water (in celebration of inventions like the Lifesaver Bottle (www.… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 10, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

A special day in 2020

It is February 3th in 2020 and every light in the world is now a LED light. This is why from now on February 3th is called LED Day. It's a day to think about energy efficiency and to celebrate environmental knowledge. This will be celebrated with big parties, that are all lighted by LED light.

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on May 10, 2010 at 10:17pm — No Comments


I would like to discuss morality.

First take a look at: www.urgentevoke.com/forum/topics/morality-1.

Which moral values do you think are most important? Do you agree with Mark S. Schwartz that trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are the most important ones?

1. How would you react when confronted with the following moral dilemma?:…


Added by Rick van der Pluijm on April 28, 2010 at 6:00pm — 33 Comments

Dinner in 2020

I’m at my company. I’m having dinner with my coworkers. We’re eating a combination of different vegetables and potatoes. It’s delicious and it was bought by our company from a certified (sustainable food)

supplier that buys products locally. Our chef prepared the dish that is called “Local

Care”. It has a mild, but intriguing taste because of the spices and herbs…


Added by Rick van der Pluijm on April 27, 2010 at 11:29am — No Comments


I regularly 'earn' 5.000 to 10.000 grains of rice a day, that is donated to people that need it. I do that by becoming knowledgeable at www.freerice.com. First some information about FreeRice.com, which it says on the website:

What is the history of FreeRice?…


Added by Rick van der Pluijm on April 27, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

How bad is the hunger situation?

The global hunger situation is bad.

“Ethiopia, Eritrea, DRC, Sierra Leone, Burundi and Chad are categorized as being in a state of extremely alarming levels of hunger in the newly released 2009 Global Hunger Index by the…


Added by Rick van der Pluijm on April 27, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Fighting the Worlds Biggest Problems

Hannah Peratopoullos (http://www.urgentevoke.com/profile/HannahPeratopoullos) blogged about The Worlds Biggest Problems (http://www.arlingtoninstitute.org/wbp/portal/home) at http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/worlds-biggest-problems.

It looks at Economic Collapse, Peak Oil, Global Water Crisis, Species Extinction… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on March 9, 2010 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

Social Innovation - Tori Hogan (Beyond Good Intentions)

Even though I already know a couple of Social Innovation heroes, I wanted to find out about an inspiring person I didn't know yet. After some searching, I found out about Tori Hogan (www.linkedin.com/pub/tori-hogan/5/42b/331). Tori is the person behind www.beyondgoodintentions.org, she is dedicated to start a movement towards change (transforming the field of international aid).… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on March 9, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Ten years from now...

Ten years from now I will have my own company and housing. It will be a rather big restaurant/conference building and I will have a normal size room above it (the rest is all ground floor) to sleep in with my girlfriend. It will be located in the Netherlands (not in the center of a big city, but not in the middle of nowhere either). I will be considered an expert in different fields of expertise and I will give presentations about those disciplines.

I will already be working on… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on March 9, 2010 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

Listen to the right people

Listen to the right people.

That's number 2 by Amy Smith on "Rules for design in the developing world" as mentioned at http://designinafrica.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/innovation-in-africa-tips/.

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus

Why is it so important to listen to the… Continue

Added by Rick van der Pluijm on March 7, 2010 at 12:04pm — 6 Comments

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