A crash course in changing the world.
WHICH great challenges and social problems should the EVOKE Network tackle next?
- I think the themes and social problems are perfectly chosen and aim at the most urgent social problems of our times. Probably the theme of Food security should focus more on the regions in the world where this theme is really big instead of the developed countries where most of the EVOKE agents are from but the problem may not be that urgent at least at the moment. Maybe one could add the theme of…
Added by Philipp Steiner on July 1, 2012 at 1:10pm — No Comments
I would gather a crisis reaction team combining the following persons:
- Teachers (especially in rural areas) to inform their students and hand out medical equipment.
- Pharmacy owners to create a robust and efficient medicine supply network
- Facebook employees to spread the news on every single Facebook profile in the relevant country
- TV and Radio station employees to inform the people with helpful information
- Owners of local security services to provide the…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 30, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Glen Nowak, Chief of Media Relations with the CDC explains the five main challenges to crisis communication:
1. Most scientists believe that news media articles should have the same standards as scientific journals which is of course unrealistic because in the news media headlines and articles have to be eye-catching and thrilling for to attract the attetion of the potential customer.
2. Education is not the only purpose of news reporting. That means a single article can only be…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 30, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments
The EVOKE network is a place to gather for people who have the ambition and the vision to work together, share their thoughts and develop great ideas and solutions for the most urgent social problems of our times. The network provides a platform for its members to come together and discuss their ideas, it poses questions about the most urgent social matters in the form of missions where the users shall inform themselves about these matters and then solve a specific problem using a huge…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 30, 2012 at 3:28pm — No Comments
I found a very interesting project of the Thai police to train their cadets as "change agents" in order to reduce violence against girls and women, which still nowadays remains a big problem in Thailand. The training includes role of police in justice system, police as change agent, and attitude and behavioral change. The workshop is part of Thailand’s commitment to contribute to the UN Campaign to End Violence against Women.
The idea behind this undertaking is that the Police is the…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 18, 2012 at 9:13am — No Comments
...I would remind people of a long lost community spirit. A spirit that got lost because of two factors: the development of the so-called "service culture" and the growing ignorance towards our fellow human beings.
Even though online platforms like Facebook and Twitter nowadays create a feeling of connectedness that everyone can participate in, it is not the way people used to be connected a hundred years ago. It is a superficial and selective way of connectedness. A way that allows…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 16, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments
At the Ghana coast at least three species of marine turtles can be found. All of these are highly endangered as their populations are declining due to hunting, capturing or destruction of their nests. The major threat to the turtle population in Ghana is predation on eggs by domestic animals especially pigs and dogs. Human exploitation also contributes significantly to the decline in their population. Special fishing nets are used for trapping the turtles by fishermen and their nests are…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 16, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments
There is a unique nightclub concept in the netherlands called "Club Watt". The main idea behind it is to let the customers create the energy needed to supply the club with electricity. Every move people are doing on the dancefloor is directly converted into electricity which is used to power the light shows. But this is not the only sustainable aspect of the club: The toilet flush works with rainwater and the cups in which drinks are being served are recyclable and being refilled multiple…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 16, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments
First of all it wasnt always easy to explain to other people what urban resilience actually means. The better it is to talk to people about this theme to grow awareness.
The first thing most people will answer is: "Do you really think that there is a need for all this?" followed by "Who is to pay for these measures?". Both questions originate from people's belief (a perfectly normal, human thought) that their micro- and macroenvironment is stable and static and chances that big changes…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 16, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments
A resilient Nuremberg offers the following core resilience features:
- Solar cells on all suitable rooftops and Windmills on all buildings higher than 7 stories to prevent power…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 16, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments
As natural disasters, food shortages or political crises are unlikely in a country like Germany I will pick a nuclear meltdown in a German nuclear power plant, something comparable to F**ushima or Tschernobyl. An overheated reactor that goes off in a blast, spreading high amounts of radiation. First thing that needs to be done in this catastrophic scenario would be inform as many people as possible that live or work within a certain radius around the accident site. This could be achieved via…Continue
I think in the not-too-far future physical money in the way we know it wont exist anymore. Taking into concern that the credit card system like we know it today is not older than 60 years and there are already countries (e.g. the U.S.) were credit cards have successfully replaced money in the form of bills and coins in almost every area of daily life it isnt hard to imagine that, in another 50 years from now, this development has continued to a point were especially in the western world…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 3, 2012 at 11:54pm — No Comments
This week I used storytelling as an alternative currency. It may sound crazy at first but get this:
On the street an elderly man asked me for a cigarette. Usually I would just hand him one and think to myself "Damn, I lost another cigarette to a beggar." but this time I had a idea. It wasnt even planned, it just came to me in that second so I said "I will give you a cigarette in exchange for a story of yours." He was confused (as expected) at first and asked "What do you mean? What sort…
Added by Philipp Steiner on June 3, 2012 at 11:22pm — No Comments
I imagine the world water day to be similar to the earth day:
For one hour every person in the developed (!) world should stop using any sort of water in any thinkable way (drinking, showering, handwashing...). As there are thousands of activities where people are using water without even realizing it, this event would create an enormous awareness for how we are using water and how much of it. There should be huge information campaigns accompanying the event creating even more…
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 26, 2012 at 1:18pm — No Comments
I am following the organization Global Water Challenge on Facebook and ecouraged my friends to do so too as I think the first step to create support for an issue of such importance is to create awareness. GWC brings together leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector as well as governments, foundations and nongovernmental organizations to jointly address the issue of water security through partnerships and innovative approaches. GWC already has a long project history reaching…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 26, 2012 at 12:52pm — No Comments
While searching the Internet I came across a highly interesting project a team of engineers without borders of the University of Illinois started in order to help a Mayan community in Guatemala to filter their drinkin water at a very low cost level. As a basis the students used a biosand filtration system (BSFs). What makes the project so special is that they had to cope with the problem of extreme virus contamination of the water which cannot be solved with standard filter systems. Even…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 21, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments
I havent been home for quite a while as my job has been keeping me busy in the last months. Therefore I was really lookin forward to going to my parents place this weekend. Back in the days when I was a student we often had BBQ together in my parents` big garden. As the weather is really nice this weekend (probably a bit too hot but we are getting used to it since the average temperatures in August have been rising since years) my parents have prepared a surprise welcome-party for me -…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 21, 2012 at 7:26am — No Comments
I think dinner in 2020 wont be too different from today, at least not at first sight. But taking a closer look at it, one will find some significant differences... but starting with the menu:
We are having:
- Salad as an appetizer
- Spaghetti Bolognese as main course
- fruit salad as dessert
Here are the differences compared to the same dinner in 2012:
- with transportation costs constantly rising over the last century, "standard" fruits and vegetables soon…
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 15, 2012 at 7:48am — No Comments
My idea is to create small power devices that can be adjusted at the lower leg of a person. Similar to a mechanical clock that can be "charged" through shaking it, these devices include a magnet that moves relative to a wire spool as soon as triggered by the movement of the legs. Through this movement of the magnet, induction-electricity is created. This energy can be used to e.g. charge the batteries of mobile phones, tablet computers or GPS devices. The only neccessity for this device to…Continue
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 14, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments
It is always hard to take a step back from the lifestyle we are used to. But there are quite some easy ways enabling every one of us to contribute to global food security. Here are 3 steps that I have already taken and that are easy to follow for everyone of us:
1. Do not use Biodiesel for your cars. Biodiesel is being made from rapeseed and soy, plants that could also be used as food for those who hunger instead of fueling cars with them.
2. Grow your own salad, fruits and…
Added by Philipp Steiner on May 6, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments