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Water Cleaning Bacteria

Looks like there's a few different groups looking into the use of bacteria in water purification.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Discovery and study of abandoned mine bacteria that release proteins that cause metals to aggregate and precipitate out of water.

Arizona State's…

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on April 7, 2010 at 1:42am — 2 Comments

Money and the Taming of the Economy

We’ve done enough research now that it’s easy to see that economy is one of the most difficult issues to tackle in social innovation. Wielded like a weapon, economics can be a horrifying weapon that ruins the

lives of many- the following all deal with various types of rip-offs, abusive

company practices, and the dangerous nature of money.…


Added by Shane M. Wheeler on April 2, 2010 at 1:42am — 4 Comments

DRAGON Slaying on Text at a Time

Slaying the Dragon: My Quick Take

ISSUE: How could we get significantly more engagement and real insight from the people who actually have to

deal with the problems EVOKE is targeting?

In a word- cellphones. Cellphone use is on the rise in many countries, faster…


Added by Shane M. Wheeler on April 1, 2010 at 4:24am — 4 Comments

Thinking Outside the Box and Into the Urinal

There's some things you hear and have a hard time really processing, and using urine as a source of cheap hydrogen fuel via electrolysis is far up on the list.

Quick stats: Potentially 90 miles to a gallon. Water takes 1.23 volts to be split and release hydrogen, while Urea only takes about .37 volts, making it more efficient for hydrogen production.

Original Article Here:…


Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 31, 2010 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

Halloween 2020

Trick or treaters have already started to arrive in their bright and colorful costumes. Most of them have various shake lights attached as well as reflectors, making them visible to cars.

Candy has been de-emphasized over the years due to the damage it can cause, but a lot of sugar free substitutions still make the grade. A lot of the left over candies from the year are broken down for biofuels.

It's a good night to keep the lights low, keep things scary while we wait on the… Continue

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 30, 2010 at 5:27am — 1 Comment

My Own Micro-McDonalds

It's dinner time, March 28, 2020. Certainly there are days where I might eat out at a restaurant or use a traditional electric oven or microwave, but the sun is still high in the sky and it's a good day.

If my grandmother could see her lawn, she'd have a conniption at what had been done to it. Still, she understood gardening, but I had never really understood landscaping. Pretty is meaningless if ugly can be put to good use.

The yard is divided up into four sections, a small… Continue

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 29, 2010 at 2:36am — No Comments

Hunger in Florida

The Florida Food Security Team is a collection of agencies, both governmental and private, working in tandem to reduce overall hunger in the Florida region. By networking a number of groups with different resources, specialties and scope, then simplifying and eliminating wasteful bureaucracy where needed, efficient action levels were achieved.

Personal favorite highlight is a program by the Department of… Continue

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 28, 2010 at 10:10pm — 2 Comments

Jake Harriman


This man has a powerful and evocative writing style, with a personal story that lets you know he's not only on the front lines of social innovation, but has seen poverty, war, transformation, and the resilience of people up close.

One of his most recent posts really struck me- awakenings. Mirroring some of the teaching points, he says that the extremely poor are some of the best teachers he has… Continue

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 28, 2010 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Favorite Rule to Social Innovation

Paul Nolak's #3:Learn everything there is to know about the specific


The simple truth is that a solution good for one situation may be

absolutely useless in another. Take the current energy issues in the

automobile industry. We have multiple energy solutions being worked on-

hybrids are one solution, electric another, various bio-diesels and

ethanol, and likely a few completely marginalized or unheard of. Hybrids

allow for a reduction of gas… Continue

Added by Shane M. Wheeler on March 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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