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Other people's money

From my point of view, the underlying reason why there is an ever-increasing tendency to create alternative currencies is the control of the state.

As our society evolved so fast in the past few hundred years, many of the principles that were useful or beneficial have seen a constant erosion. Systems that were put in place (central government, the army, etc.) to protect us from violent external forces (read other people) are now slowly becoming useless.
The fact that…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on May 4, 2010 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Forestry in Nepal

The valuable lesson that we can learn from this interesting case study of community forestry in Nepal is that government officials NEED to be involved in country-wide initiatives.

Even though most of the time they are one of the main causes of illegal logging and deforestation, the point remains none the less that change has to take them into account.
In all societies, and especially in those that place a big…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on May 3, 2010 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Entrepreneurs and a potential pandemic flu

Considering the "connected" world we live in, i would call upon all entrepreneurs to start organizing "response cells" in the countries/cities/neighborhoods they live in.

This call can be made through online platforms (eg. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) as well as disseminating information and sharing updates.

These response cells should be physical places where people can meet and:

1-get an update on the current status of the…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on May 3, 2010 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Covering risk in a crisis

For me the most interesting point was the one about keeping a balance between the real hazard and the outrage that the people experience.

This is a very important point as it outlines the difference between the mindset that the people have when reading/watching news in a crisis.

On the other hand, I cannot notice how…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on May 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

EVOKATION: Win the Planet

The first online not-for-profit global lottery dedicated to sustainability…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on April 15, 2010 at 2:30pm — 54 Comments

Ushahidi and hurricane floods

Two years ago i had the privilege to live and work for 6 months in the city of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. From my experience there, i believe that Ushahidi could be used in the event that one of the hurricanes that pass every year through the Caribbean Sea will hit the city, like it happened in 1979 with… Continue

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on April 15, 2010 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Crowdfunding your social venture

One of the very innovative ways of transacting that came to my attenction recently is called "crowdfunding".
Crowdfunding means that you offer people the…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on April 1, 2010 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

2020 wells

My idea would be to create a project that will build 2020 wells (from 2020) all around the word by using the power of social media.

  • When you enter the website of the project, you see a map overlay of specific places/villages in the world that are in need of a well.
  • All the location will have an icon that will display the degree of completion for that specific well. This degree of completion will be connected to how much…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — 24 Comments

Ceramic Water Filters

As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent. Recently, the International Water Association (IWA) awarded UNICEF and the Water and Sanitation Program with the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prize for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters. These water purification devices are made and distributed by Cambodian nationals, and have…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 26, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Do we need that Leader-board?

As part of the "select" crowd of people that are on that leader-board, i can say that it has taken away a bit from the "game" feel, but that's the only thing.
Instead of checking who is getting up or where i currently am, i use that time to welcome more people to EVOKE and read more posts.
So for me it currently contributes more to the immersion side of the game than the competitive one.

How about you? Do you think we…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 25, 2010 at 3:00pm — 15 Comments

Your country needs YOU to eat local

I am a big fan of eating food produced in the country you live in. There are of course places in the world where this is not really possible because of terrestrial and climate challenges, but it is not the case for most of Europe.

My personal way of acting in a sustainable way food-wise is to buy as much as possible products made in Austria. You can easily find on the market lots of products in the "bio" category that are produced locally, giving you a wide variety to…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 23, 2010 at 6:42pm — 5 Comments

Romania and Food Security

For this assignment I just wanted to share with you guys an interesting fact about the food security of my homeland, Romania

Not a lot of people know this, but before WW2 Romania was Europe's second largest food producer.
Fast forward 60 years and Romania is importing the majority of the fruits, vegetable and meat it consumes.

It may seems strange, but…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

A bit of South African culture

As we have Africa as a target continent in Evoke, here is a piece of South African culture that I enjoy a lot these days.


Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

2020- Dinner is ready

Sitting at the table filled with my friends and family, I pause for a moment as a deja-vu is making me feel like I've been here before. And so I suddenly remember what it was like 10 years ago.

Food crisis was a huge topic. In 2008 there were serious discussions about the global state of the food supply, but unfortunately they stopped because of the financial crisis.
If only we would have paid more attention and started the change back…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 10:47pm — 3 Comments

Wind Belt

Here is a very interesting invention that will allow third world families to meet their very modest power needs.…


Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 9:20pm — 10 Comments

Spread the word

I believe one of the most important things social entrepreneurs should do is to spread the word about their projects!

Meet as many people as you can, tell them about your idea, have a blog, use Twitter, etc.
Do whatever you need to do so that as many people as possible understand what you are trying to do.
I know it can be sometimes daunting to meet new people, so here is…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

YOU can make a difference

For an Internet age child, I am quite like you.
Graduated from a university, work in a semi-satisfactory day job, always wondering how can I help create a positive change.

And then, one day last year, it simply happened.

I was attending a seminar where Arthur Dahl was the speaker on the state of the Earth's environment. At one point during the seminar, he was talking about how we…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 11:30am — 23 Comments

Energy in 2020

It is now March 2020, and I am writing in my journal about the energy revolution we are experiencing.

"A lot has happened since 10 years ago.
I can still remember when we use to forget the light on somewhere in the house and it would stay on. Now this seems like a joke with the "Smart house" systems implemented in all the buildings build in the last 5 years.
Around 70% of all the energy my apartment uses is created by me and my…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Energy sustainable gym

Looking at Per's very interesting idea on how to use the power of the dumbell to create energy, I got an idea myself (thanks Per).

Imagine an energy sustainable gym!…

Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 20, 2010 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Shadowing a hero

Do not know if she is necesarily a hero or not, but for sure she is a very special person that is doing very interesting work.

Her name is Alexis Eremia and she is (becoming) a social entrepreneur.


Added by Alexandru Ragalie on March 19, 2010 at 9:34pm — 2 Comments

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