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My graphic novel script for "Literacy"



A book is like a garden carried in the pocket - Chinese Proverb

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Panel A

The sun is…


Added by Oliver Hohlstein on May 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Risk in theory

I like the wh*** "Risk coverage" section.

This basically tells us that there are two elements of risks:

Hazard: The real danger of an event.

Outrage: The reaction that people show of the event

In most cases, these two elements differ.

Precaution advocacy is necessary if the hazard level is higher than the outrage level. The message here is "Be careful"

Outrage management is necessary if the outrage level is higher than the hazard level. The message… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on May 7, 2010 at 1:43pm — No Comments

The future of EVOKE - a few cents by me

WHICH great challenges and social problems should the EVOKE Network tackle next?

Illiteracy (as I am an author, I feel that the ability to read and write is elemental for the spread of innovation)

WHERE in the world should the network try to build up new EVOKE communities?

One on each continent at least? :)

WHO would you encourage to play… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on May 7, 2010 at 7:50am — 3 Comments

Teacher's network (my call in 2011)

As many of the people I know are teachers by profession, I think I would open a teacher's network.

So what can they do to help in an pandemic?

People still need to be taught. If only to enable them to prevent worse spread of the disease.

So I would request this:

1. If possible, try to get vaccined.

2. Find another person (child or adult) who should be taught anything - about the disease or other things (not everyone is a biology teacher).

3. Ask that person to… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on May 7, 2010 at 5:05am — No Comments

"Tell us about the last century ..."

Spring 2070 and it's children time again.

They assemble in the hall and sit on their chairs. They look at me expectantly and I smile at them.

Then some child in the middle asks me about something how we did things in the last century. The child's name is probably "Jupiter" or "Uranus". I wonder who brought up the fashion of naming children after celestial bodies.

I start to speak and tell them about how my childhood were, how my parents used to read stories to my brother and… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 22, 2010 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Maasai weather forecast

There are so many good case studies this week, the choice was more or less intuitively. ;)

I chose the weather forecast in a Maasai style ... that is, they predict the weather by watching the sky and the plants growing around and predict droughts and times of rain.

It's from the Kivu page:


I think if these techniques became global knowledge, people in other… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 22, 2010 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Flooding info in Bonn needs a translation

I found this link about flooding in Bonn:


Comparing it with the German page, I realized that some information were only available in German.

What's more, there is a very good and useful brochure in PDF on the German page (how to act in a case of emergency, whom to contact etc.). It seems… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 21, 2010 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Protection from Flooding of the Rhine river

I think the most imminent danger for the town I live is the flooding of the Rhine river.

There were four big floodings during the 90ies ... the worst being in January 1995.

Lucky for me, I didn't live here by that time.

The fact that there were no big floodings during the last decade seems to suggest that there will be no more, but it's probably just that the authorities have learned to handle the situation better.

The Rhine Atlas (… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Resilient Cities 2010 in Bonn

Well, not a real answer to the current mission, but interesting with the given theme:

As I live not only in a former capital but also in an UN-location, I recognized that there will be a conference here about Urban Resilience:


I don't think I can attend it though, the congress fees are way beyond what I can afford. Let's hope that there will be sensible innovation resulting.

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 15, 2010 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Her old bike - Maharashtra, India 2020

Rashmi smiled when she packed the High School degree into her backpack.

She couldn't believe she actually did it. She felt like she could dance the way they did in all those movies they show in the cinemas in her village.

The old bike she was given 10 years ago had its part in that development. She couldn't have gone to school if she didn't have that bike. The way would have taken too long and she would have been forced to work for her father's farm. Now she could come home earlier and… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 13, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Bikes for India

Well, I did a donation for this project:


I took this because I think education and learning is the most future-oriented way to empower ... actually both genders, but women especially because they still seems to be at a disadvantage now.

I hope the girl I gave the bicycle will use it wisely.… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 13, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

Where are women leading the state

From the given page I found an article referring here:


Now, they say that only nine out of 151 states have a female head of state.

I did some research and here…


Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 11, 2010 at 8:03pm — 4 Comments

Micro Credit

I actually tried (maybe a bit naively) to pay the birthday present for my niece (a children's book) by a reading in the book shop. Unfortunately, the offer was refused (for tax reasons ... well...)

A bit disappointed, I finally decided to make an investment for "mymicrocredit"


Basically, it's the same as Kiva, just closer to my place,… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Water Day 2020

A call to all the people in all the capitals of the world:

Go to your parliament and block the entrance with big blocks of ice. :)

Each politician who wants to get inside has to give answers in how he wants to support water security during the next year.

He is given an axepick (or something similar) to pick his way through. :)

The resulting ice blocks can be used to cool drinks for those you want to visit the events.

(I'm not sure though if the block of… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 5, 2010 at 6:36pm — 3 Comments

Collecting Rainwater

I think this is the most efficient way to save water is to collect rainwater.
While this is maybe not appropriate for drinking, it can be used ideally for irrigation, toilets or cleaning.

I like this project:


because it also uses a solar-powered system for the pump and so is "double-ecological". :)

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 5, 2010 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Güter-und-GeBeR-Wirtschaft (goods and giver(?) economy)

OK, this has never been tried, I am not sure if this works, but it is in my opinion the most radical change in our relationship to money, because ... well, they removed money completely. ;)

This text is only German.


I try to translate ... please correct me if you detect something wrong or incomplete:

People work to produce the goods… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 1, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

50? Already?

It seemed like yesterday when I went to school.

And today, I celebrate my 50th birthday. Half a century.

On the other hand, many things have changed since then.

We didn't have cell phones at school, no internet. In the beginning, we didn't even have CDs, not to speak of DVDs.

Do I fall into the "everything was better when we were young"-trap? No, it was not: No-one cared about pollution or cutting down forests except for some idealists that were not taken seriously.… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on April 1, 2010 at 7:49am — 4 Comments


I think this is the most challenging opportunity for alternative power supply: put solar panels in the desert and bring the collected energy to where it is needed!


Though this is Europe/North Africa/Middle East centric for now, I see no reason why this shouldn't work in other parts of the world as… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on March 30, 2010 at 1:56pm — No Comments

My dinner March 10th 2020

I sit at home with my family and we have our daily dinner.

It's Tuesday, so one of the four vegetarian days of the week. It's rice bread today, just to save the valuable wheat for holidays. I tried broccoli as a side dish. My daughter complains ... she would have preferred Brussels sprouts the way my mother does them ...

I promise there will be sprouts tomorrow.

I have to buy them though. I hope that there will be some left when I reach the market after work. Ten years ago it… Continue

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on March 29, 2010 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Food Week Plan by experts

Maybe this idea is not all thought-through, but:

What about an internet page, where nutrition experts (like high-class chefs, scientists ...) give a complete weeks schedule how to nourish yourself both suitable and healthy with less than a specific amount of money (3 Dollars/Euro per day maybe)?

Added by Oliver Hohlstein on March 29, 2010 at 1:01pm — No Comments

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