Bread is the new name for the money but it doesn't have to be a physical paper or coin it can be points you can acc**ulate or stamps that you get punched onto a card if you do not have internet (they are all interchangeable).
I love that Kiva was started by a woman and a young woman at that. I also love that crowd sourcing has a good purpose.It is amazing to me that somehow all these people were contacted and communicated with and brought together to better themselves.
One of my students sent me a link to Kiva and I made a donation to a group of people who were working together with pigs. I picked the group because it was being led by a woman.…
I never liked money as a concept. It seems to highlight all the bad things about human nature like greed, power, corruption and cruelty. I often fantasize about living so closely to the land and not wanting for more but I don't know if that is even reasonable now that I have been spoiled and know what the internet is.
It is interesting to think of all the different ways we trade value like with paypal or coupons or bus tokens or fair/raffle tickets but it is even more interesting to… Continue
Well the title means a few things:
everyone is happy
everyone is involved (the wh*** world)
there is water and
it last at least a day
so...this is how I envision it. No matter who you are or where you are on this special day you get up. You drink some clean water and think about water the wh*** time you are drinking it. Next to broaden the circle of what gets water you offer water to another creature like your spouse, child, pet or plant. The next part of the… Continue
There are so many issues around water. There is the need for clean water for creatures to drink and swim in for life. There is the need for enough water flow for crops and natural system cycles. There is the need for climate stability so that floods and huge rain storms do not kill too much.
I picked Paul Jenkin with the Surfrider Foundation because he is working to remove the Matilija Dam (he has been working on this for almost twenty years now! and he is almost done). By removing… Continue
I love the way that this human computer interaction allows us to give ourselves feedback and to learn from our behavior in real time. I also love how this shower activity reminds me about the stealth shower game that Jane McGonigal wrote about in her book "Reality is Broken".
The other invention I find simply elegant is the water distiller or desalinator known… Continue
Next Tuesday the tenth grade Biology class will volunteer in our school organic garden. It was the students idea to do this as they all want to work on this project together and they want to be able to see the effect of their labors. i will post photos when we are done.…
Akinori Ito, the CEO of Blest, a Japanese company has invented a machine which sits on the counter top and accepts plastics that you feed into it. Any plastics that you find around the world or from items you have purchased at the grocery store can be fed into the machine. The machine does its magic and oil comes out the other end! This oil can be used to heat homes, cook food, run vehicles etc.
I know this is not technically a renewable energy source but the fact is we have created… Continue
This is the hardest mission objective so far! At first I just fell back to something I had to do this weekend because my dryer quit working. I put up a laundry line in the yard and used the sun to dry my clothes. However that is not really powering something but I still lie the idea of using the sun. Solar power seems like it could save the world so I think I am going to figure out how to get a solar panel to charge things with. I always appreciated purses that had solar panels on them which… Continue
I always think I would like to be completely vegetarian but I take that back. My future meal is going to include insects and grubs as well as vegetables.
Deep fried crickets with creamy dipping sauce. The sauce is made from mint leaves and yogurt. I make the yogurt easily and it last about a week. Entree:
Spicy rice or rice noodle dish with chilies, onions, cilantro, green beans, and eggs. Veges from the garden and eggs from… Continue
We live in a mountain valley and we are accessible by three roads. One year it rained so hard that all the roads washed away and we were left high and stranded for two weeks. During this time it became clear that we were highly dependent upon external food sources for our survival.
Since then many different community efforts have begun to ameliorate these issues. We have a CSA program (community supported agriculture) where local farmers deliver weekly boxes of seasonal vegetables to… Continue
2020 is nine years from now, by then I will be 47! At that time in my life I would like to still be living with my loving husband and maybe with any luck my wondrous kitty wills till be alive then too. My aspirations are that I will have finished my doctorate in earning technologies, I will have a job through which I can earn a living but also feel good about and that I will be living in a world that is not on the brink of despair and disaster.
I learned about this game Urgent Evoke by reading "Reality is Broken: How Games Can Save the World".
I love everything about Jane, her style, her brains, her moxy and her openess to share positive thoughts with the world. I already follow her on twitter and now on facebook and I have used her personal blog as a way to model my own blog page. Most importantly I contribute to her site called:
Some of the things I think she brings to the world are a… Continue
I am going to combine a few of the tips that I read in exhibit A into one (sort of cheating but it works well in my head that way).
I am going to combine creativity, simplicity and think like a child.
I like all of these because it reminds me of necessity is the mother of invention. You work with what you have to be creative to come up with solutions. The best solutions fall under the acronym KISS (keep it simple stupid!) because those solutions are elegant and illustrate… Continue