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Bartering professionals: lots to learn

As a small business owner I provide products and services to clients, both personal and corporate.
In one such relationship with another small business owner, we already have agreed to refer clients to each other, as our businesses are complimentary, and not in competition with each other. This seemed like a relationship primed and ready for suggesting a barter exchange, so I took the first step.


At our most recent engagement, I provided his company with my…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 12, 2010 at 5:15am — No Comments

Evoke: Taking it to the next level

Okay, Evoke, you want to take it to the next level? Here's how:




If it ain't broke: The graphic novel is great, the powers, the missions and


quests, the official World Bank recognition, all obviously struck a chord with


people, so please continue them.


Build on Collaboration: Award points for bringing new…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 12, 2010 at 3:57am — No Comments

A message to the future, Lessons of the past

The year is 2062, if my math is correct.
The world has undergone much change since embarking on the Evoke project so many, many years ago.
Information Communications Technology combined with the explosion of multinational mega-corporations have pressured several national unifications following the European model, and now the United Nations is considering an unprecedented One People motion, which would make patriotism and national identity obsolete in favour of a truly global…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 12, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

A message to the future, Lessons of the past

The year is 2062, if my math is correct.
The world has undergone much change since embarking on the Evoke project so many, many years ago.
Information Communications Technology combined with the explosion of multinational mega-corporations have pressured several national unifications following the European model, and now the United Nations is considering an unprecedented One People motion, which would make patriotism and national identity obsolete in favour of a truly global…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 12, 2010 at 2:48am — No Comments

Pandemic Reporting: Misdirected

As someone who lived first-hand through the effected H1N1 pandemic (like so many others), I was quite surprised to find this bit of knowledge from the section entitled "Covering Risk". (http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/Microsites/NiemanGuideToCoveringPandemicFlu/CrisisCommunication/CoveringRisk.aspx)


Throughout all the hype and sensational reporting,…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 11, 2010 at 4:09am — No Comments

Gender Equity and ICT: A perfect match

The article I read (http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=30407&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html) discussed a UNESCO initiative being discussed in a forum in Geneva today: The issue of gender equity as it pertains to the role of ICT worldwide.


Through my career, I've always seen ICT as "the great equalizer", although in the field of education this…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 11, 2010 at 2:50am — No Comments

World Water Day: Get it Right, Please

I have read several other suggestions for the future celebration of World Water Day, and am sad to say that I'm somewhat disappointed.
With the entire point of the day being to bring awareness to those people in parts of the world _without_ adequate clean water or plumbing, I was astonished to read so many posts describing lavish activities all centred around using water in essentially wasteful, frivolous ways, basically for entertainment purposes. This would send exactly the opposite…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 11, 2010 at 2:27am — No Comments

Ushahidi at work in modern suburbia

Almost as opposite as possible from the origins of Ushahidi is my current suburb in Ontario: Middle-class, very ethnically diverse neighbourhood, likely close to 100% high-speed internet, 2-car families, etc...


All the same, with the relatively recent pandemic of H1N1, there was definitely a need for Ushahidi. In its absence, the citizenry had to rely on "traditional" means of communication: Local and national news on TV, radio, and newspapers, none of which have any hope…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 11, 2010 at 2:07am — No Comments

Water for People: Doing it right

I was impressed with the approach taken by the Water for People organization, as described on their website.
Their solutions include all the aspects that I consider essential: they use local resources, personnel, locally sustainable technology, help to build local infrastructure, and involve local businesses and governments. Without any one of these aspects, no overseas aid solution can truly be sustainable, and worse, can actually harm the local infrastructures through unfair or temporary…
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Added by Paul Yip on May 4, 2010 at 5:03am — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to me

How quickly it seems another birthday has come, it seems like just the other day I was petitioning my local politicians to change zoning bylaws to allow for my startup company's expansion.
You wouldn't be able to tell by looking around, all the change that's happened: We still use the old CF lights, still run our high-efficiency washers, recharge our bio-molecular laptops, and capitalize on geo-thermal heat exchangers for climate control.
It's only on the quiet, windless nights…
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Added by Paul Yip on April 24, 2010 at 3:29am — No Comments

Power to the people

I recently discovered this Power Player, and would like to inform you of the work being done:


Lalith Seneviratne has created a biomass generator that uses a native wood plant to produce electricity in rural…
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Added by Paul Yip on April 24, 2010 at 3:06am — No Comments

Dinner of the future...

It's a special occasion alright, my birthday!
The meal is fantastic: a chicken and rice casserole, with veggies and potatoes. Doesn't sound special? Everything in the meal was grown within my own neighbourhood.
That's right.
It's even cooked in a sustainable way, since now I'm 100% drawing from green energy instead of the standard grid, and even that's reduced thanks to solar panels and my 2 windmills on the roof.


New laws have allowed for…
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Added by Paul Yip on April 23, 2010 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Food security: Problems and solutions

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Added by Paul Yip on April 23, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Shadowing a hero

The hero I have chosen to shadow is Leila Chirayath Janah.… Continue

Added by Paul Yip on April 20, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Toolbox for changing the world

Although there are many very useful concepts included in the "33 secrets" entry, I believe the most useful would be "innovate on existing platforms", and "what you have is more important than what you lack".

I know this seems like cheating since I've chosen two instead of one, but to me these seem like two facets of the same advice, with the idea of making the best of what you have, or playing the ball from where it lies, to use a western middle-class…

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Added by Paul Yip on April 20, 2010 at 4:39am — No Comments

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Ten years from now I will be in a political job assisting with people in the midlands of South Carolina particularly the rural working class and farmers. As the class of people that feed the nation I find that it is imperative that we assist with making sure they produce as much food as possible. I would like to support local scientists as well that are leading in research on how to produce food more efficiently. I will also be participating in missions to foreign countries to help people with…See More
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https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zQ49AvLkhA2w.kfbaOGer-lQYIf you click my link to my custom map using Google My Maps you will see the addition of a Emergency Shelter to be used in case of a tidal wave or other event from the sea. Included are new emergency routes on what will be an expanded highway to allow traffic to flow in the event of an emergency.See More
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