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Michele Baron's Blog – April 2010 Archive (22)

A house cannot be repaired when the owner is destroying it. Learn 8

Kenyan Proverb: A house cannot be repaired when the owner is destroying it.

In Mission 8, this week, we are told that “local communities know better than…


Added by Michele Baron on April 25, 2010 at 4:34am — 20 Comments

We are Indigenous because we are conscious of Responsibility, Imagine8

When I am 100, or, if our peoples and communities have become resilient and health issues no longer as limiting as they are today, when I am 100 years older than now, I would like to imagine that the world has become a cohesive, resilient and interdependent grouping of communities, nations, regions and peoples. I would like to imagine that Mother Earth is the base planet for off-terrestrial expeditions, and that we, as humans, have evolved enough so that possible contact (nods to Carl Sagan…


Added by Michele Baron on April 23, 2010 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

Kobi Mother Aluna's Portal Compass Indigenous secret Act8

(this is only a drawing because i don't have the programming skills to construct it yet, and I don't have a camera, so couldn't make a mock-up and photograph it. so drew picture in MS paintbrush.)

From an evolutionary perspective, mankind is still immature; industrialized humankind, balancing tenuously between the ecosystems of the world and non-technological/indigenous cultures, is still more immature. The North American Hopi First Nations tribe, and the South American Kobi First…


Added by Michele Baron on April 23, 2010 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Indigenously-based conservation. Lanjigarh, India. Learn8

Mine, the story of a sacred mountain, is a youtube video about "The real Avatar." One tribe in the forested mountains of Eastern India works to combat the depradations of the London-based company, Vedanta Aluminum, LTD., in Lanjigarh, India. The Dongria people are interviewed and tell their stories in this video account. Advocating for conservation of the sacred mountains, the tribespeople hope to save the mountains from blasting and strip mining.…


Added by Michele Baron on April 22, 2010 at 8:55pm — 6 Comments

Imagine7, DC 2020

Although megacities have been downsized in order to maximize resilient synthesis between populations and resources, service and production, Washington DC, LA, Tokyo, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, and other cities around the world remain large, vibrant, and bustling. They are, however, utilizing eco-city technologies and practices to become more resilient and healthy for all inhabitants.

All public and most private buildings in DC have introduced, and continue to utilize sustainable, green…


Added by Michele Baron on April 20, 2010 at 2:52am — 6 Comments

Learn7 Critical Challenges to Washington DC

Since my nearest metropolitan area is Washington, DC, there are many redundancies of infrastructure protection available and accessible to interested "first responders," community leaders, neighborhood watch coordinators, shelter and assistance organization heads, et cetera.

Duties in a crisis range from the unpleasant eventuality of preparing and staffing a temporary (mass) morturary, and attendant guidance for preserving any available identifying information, to national/federal…


Added by Michele Baron on April 18, 2010 at 1:54am — 6 Comments

Act7 Urban disaster planning and resilience in Washington DC

I live in a mixed urban and rural area. There are 3 major metropolitan centers nearby, most notably Washington DC, several large communities, and then large expanses of rural land.

There are limited avenues of access and egress for vehicles--bottlenecks are the norm in the best of times. Combine overcrowded roads with emergency vehicles, and there is a real problem.

Solutions in the urban areas have included closing roads, and redirecting traffic around the city through the 19…


Added by Michele Baron on April 17, 2010 at 4:50am — 13 Comments

Quest6, Call to Action, The Quest for Peace

Not long ago, a farmer, who had worked tirelessly to build an organic garden system on his property, harvested the crop of sugar snap peas which were crisply hanging from their vines. A huge tornado blew up, and the farmer ran for the storm cellar. Skirting the edge of the farm, the tornado left minimal damage in its wake, tossing the baskets of harvested peas in the air, and…


Added by Michele Baron on April 14, 2010 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

Imagine6, the Women of Koinadugu, Sierra Leone

We have come so far from the first “Let our voices be heard” conference ten years ago. In Koinadugu, back in 2010, the Women’s Learning Partnership http://www.learningpartnership.org…


Added by Michele Baron on April 12, 2010 at 4:21am — 10 Comments

Learn6, Women advocates for peace hold up "Half the Sky"

In too many places, women are relegated to the dingy corners of existence. The majority of the world’s poor are women. Women endure poverty in all aspects of their lives: education, health, food, property, mobility, hope.

In too many places, women are denied the…


Added by Michele Baron on April 11, 2010 at 4:56am — 4 Comments

Act6, Help is urgently needed in Canada's First Nation/Aboriginal Community

Help is urgently needed for a special fundraising event in Canada, Right NOW!

When I lived outside Ottawa, Canada, from 2003 - 2006, I was fortunate to be included in the activities of the Iskotew Lodge, which served the First Nations and Aboriginal community, and Ottawa at large, through outreach activities, cultural ceremonies,…


Added by Michele Baron on April 10, 2010 at 2:00am — 11 Comments

Free Speech, Sustainability, and the pursuit of happiness. Can EVOKE flourish?

Edward Hale:

…And because I cannot do everything

I will not refuse to do the something that I can…


Added by Michele Baron on April 8, 2010 at 5:44am — 3 Comments

Imagine5, Sustainable Energy Port-a-Card

In April, 2020, I am watching the citizens in Muynak, Uzbekistan, gather at the historic water-front pier where, on April 4, 2010, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had called upon the world's leaders to find solutions for "one of the worst...environmental disasters of the world."

The pier in Muynak stretched out over a cracked, saline desert, and camels sought shade in the shadows of stranded ships.

Neighboring, poverty-stricken Tajikistan was further threatening the water…


Added by Michele Baron on April 6, 2010 at 5:28am — 5 Comments

Quest3 Environment What would I change near where I live

Right now I live outside Washington, DC, USA, where there are more than 175 embassies, chanceries, diplomatic missions, and official residences. More than 175 chances to spread the word of sustainability, the work of EVOKE.

When I lived in Japan, the consulate in F**uoka had an award for "green initiatives" and institution and implementation of sustainable water, xeriscaping, and building-operations eco-improving practices; more notably, the entire US embassy in Tokyo…


Added by Michele Baron on April 5, 2010 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

Is tyranny sustainable? Learn5 addendum

The concept of money, currency, fair trade in goods, services, arts and ideals is a very complicated issue. In writing my Learn5


and Act5


posts, reader…


Added by Michele Baron on April 3, 2010 at 5:15pm — 11 Comments

Preliminary to Imagine5, Can an ID card doom us to an Orwellian nightmare? What currency might the future hold?

Privacy has long been held a guaranteed right of democracy--part of the "western/democratic" currency of convictions.

In my Learn5 blog, I asked if an ID card, the expected issuance of the 15th deci-annual Census in India, could be deemed "priceless?"




Added by Michele Baron on April 3, 2010 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Learn5, An Identity Card costs about $1.00, and could be valued as priceless



India has been conducting national census registrations since 1872, deterred neither by flood nor drought, war or peace. The census is conducted each decade, and, today, April 1, 2010, began the 15th…


Added by Michele Baron on April 2, 2010 at 4:01am — 4 Comments

learn5, History of Money as Debt--a video

I am not great at tagging in posts, but this is a good, easy-to-listen-to video about the history of money as debt. SO, as the nature of money changes, the nature of my blog posting will change. I submit this video blog as fiat for actual writing--and will write another post later. Here is the link (I hope):


Added by Michele Baron on April 2, 2010 at 2:35am — 1 Comment

Currency that cannot be traded, and cannot be earned in any other way. Act5

Do Compensation and recognition render smaller deeds great by proximity?

How can we learn about the value of currency in a virtual world where the points will be pyrric reminders that only 10 have mentors, only 6 go to DC for the big EVOKE Conference?

What is this Informal Value Transfer System, called EVOKE? Not Hawala, fei ch'ien, phoe kuan--no chits to turn in for cold, hard cash at the end of the journey.

Is there a happily ever after, a pot of gold at the foot of…


Added by Michele Baron on April 2, 2010 at 12:41am — 6 Comments

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