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Indigenous Knowledge Worth Preserving

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Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 11, 2010 at 2:48am — No Comments

Indigenous Knowledge

I was looking through the links on CBNRM Net and came across this. The main lesson that came from this was quoted as this:

"The key to the success of this programme was the willingness of the Department of Fisheries to compromise over the regulations. Until that moment, the programme was at an impasse."

I think this is one… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 11, 2010 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

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The EVOKE Manifesto

The world is an amazing place. There are people all over the world living in every condition imaginable - from the frigid wasteland that is the Arctic tundra to the barren deserts of Africa. And not even that - they don't simply survive, they thrive.

Human tenacity and strength of both mind and body allows them to live well no matter where they are.

But even with life thriving everywhere, there are problems. Hunger, thirst, murder,… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 8, 2010 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Evoke, Year 2

Evoke is a brilliant idea that I'm sure has made many of us change our opinions about world-wide events, as well as opening us up to the idea of social engineering in general. Personally, Evoke has given me a lot of new ideas and helped me to understand many more things about the world and it's problems.

Many of the posts these past weeks have been amazing, incredibly unique, and brilliant. Some of the ideas were simple, others complex, but all of them had the same goal in mind - the… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

An Odd Group to Motivate

No matter what the issue is (so long as it is major), I feel there is one group of people who could make a big difference. And not only that, but they are an odd group to choose.

I'm not going to tell you what group I'm thinking of until the end - try to figure out who I'm thinking of.

-They are brilliant. The skills required to belong to this group require tremendous effort and dedication. All of them must be able to understand many languages.

-They always… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 10:02pm — No Comments

The Most Important Thing in a Crisis

Above everything else, and applying to every other issue, is honesty. If a government and those in charge keep a completely open policy and allow the average citizen to know everything they know, everything will fall into place.

Some of you may not believe me, and I completely understand. There are some things that the people simply should not know, you say. I disagree.

If a society allows the people to know everything in a crisis (about the crisis, obviously), there will be… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Knowledge to Be Passed On

When I am one hundred years old, I doubt there will be any knowledge that I will need to pass on.

Anything that I know which has to do with "actual knowledge" (book smarts) will already have been recorder in some form, available to everyone world-wide.

Anything I know that applies to living in my current environment (streets smarts) will be obsolete. The world will have changed so much that nothing will be similar enough to warrant the passing of my knowledge.

I hope… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 2:42pm — No Comments

The Latest in Banking, 2020

The world was shocked today when a new bank was opened. In an effort to get consumers to switch their accounts to this new bank, several innovative freebies will be given out to anyone who wishes to join.

The bank's main headquarters is on the floating country first established a few years ago. As such, the bank does not need to pay taxes of any kind, so fees charged to the consumer are almost non-existent.

Due to some of the laws of… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Women in Society, 2020

By 2020, the most developed countries in the world (Canada, the U.S.A., England, etc.) have completely gender-blindness. All laws have been altered to become completely gender neutral, new laws force businesses to hire without regard to gender, and people have come to think of the opposite gender no differently than their own.

Slightly less developed countries have become as the United States was in the early 2000s. They are mostly gender neutral, but a few things are still affected by… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 12:27am — No Comments

World Water Day, 2020

World Water Day this year is a spectacular event. People from all around the world are flooding to the White House's lawn for...something.

For the past several months, word has been going around that there will be something big going on. No one knows what it is, but there is speculation that some amazing new technology will be released which will give everyone access to clean water, worldwide.

The few people who know what is actually going to happen spread these rumors to the… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 6, 2010 at 12:05am — 2 Comments

Urban Resilience in Winnipeg

After doing a fair amount of searching both on Google and in Winnipeg's public records, I realized that there are not many urban resilience strategies put into place in my city.

The first official plan was first created on April 25th, and has not even begun to be examined by those who will need to vote to put it in place.

In fact, the sheer lack of urban resilience plans are staggering. There is only one place that actually lists any changes that should be made, and it is not… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ushahidi in Winnipeg

There aren't all that many major problems that can occur in Winnipeg when compared to the rest of the world. However any problem, no matter where it originally begins, can affect everyone on Earth.

Disease, flooding, earthquakes, blizzards, political strife... Although none of these are expected in Winnipeg's future, I believe that it is always possible that these things will occur.

Hopefully none of these horrible disasters will ever become a reality, but if one of them does… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 5, 2010 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Money for Women

A while ago, I became a Kiva lender. See my blog post about it here.

Anyways, I'm not going to talk about that in this post, but instead something which it helped me decide to do.

After I joined Kiva, I started searching for various other organizations with a similar goal. Keeping in mind this week's mission, I decided to narrow the search to organizations which deal (at least mostly) with… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 5, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Gender Equality

Although this weeks mission is technically about empowering women and how women are always the 'inferior' gender in various societies, I feel some weight should be put on another side of this issue.

In some areas (not as in location), it is not the women who are treated unfairly, but the men! One of the most obvious examples that comes to mind is that of divorce. If two married people have a child and then get a divorce, the mother will receive… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 3, 2010 at 11:25pm — No Comments

My Contributions (Past and Future) to the Water Crisis

I donated to the Lifesaver Bottle Project while it was in it's development phase. I'm proud to say that my donation helped (in part) to help create a manufacturing and distribution system for these bottles, ultimately helping to save lives.

In the future, I hope to create a system by which rainwater can be captured from every roof in a city and run into a main water treatment facility. There would be little 'treatment' required for this… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 3, 2010 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Computers Becoming Generators of Power Instead of Consumers

As the world becomes more and more technological in nature, computers and other such devices become more and more widespread. The problem, however, is that these devices always need some form of electricity, be it from a power outlet or a battery.

In the case of a desktop computer, the power (in AC form) is converted into DC which is sent to the various pieces of hardware: the motherboard, CPU, RAM, HDD(s), Fan(s), etc. Much of this power is used to get the computer to actually… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 3, 2010 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Acting Towards Better Food Security World-Wide


I use FreeRice on a regular basis. Overall, I have probably contributed to donating thousands (if not millions) of grains of rice. Yes, I realize that's not all that much, nor is it a very sustainable solution, but it is something.


I have been learning as much as possible about things such as… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on May 3, 2010 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Nanotechnology in Water Bottles

Last year, Michael Pritchard did a TED Talk which was incredible. His idea, a product called the Lifesaver filter. (See the TED Talk here).

Basically, this filter uses extremely small (15nm) filters to block even the smallest of bacteria or viruses. The bottle itself is extremely easy to use, and creates completely clean drinking water from anything as toxic and vile as toxic waste within… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on April 17, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Cool Ideas for Power

There are quite a few interesting ideas flying around in regards to power. Some of them are obviously not going to work (power from perpetual motion, etc.) or are not worth the energy put in to using them, but many are good ideas.

Personally, I don't think any one idea can completely solve the global energy problem (unless someone invents something that literally creates power from nothing! And yes, I know that is impossible), but if we use as many as we can, who knows?

I… Continue

Added by Kevin Carruthers on April 15, 2010 at 11:33pm — 2 Comments

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Fourth of July on the Lake

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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It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
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FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
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