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Evoke: Season Two -- The Comic

I created this with Comic Life: http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/r/richard_smyth/evoke/Comic.html

I'll also paste the pages to my photos file....

Added by Richard Smyth on May 11, 2010 at 2:55am — 10 Comments

What Happens Next?

Here are some responses to the questions asked in this mission:

1. Which challenges and social problems should Evoke tackle next? Where to build Evoke communities? Who to encourage to play season 2?

One thought was the problem with Muslim extremism and Israel. If we don't promote harmony somehow among Muslims and the Western world, there will be continued conflict and we will not come together as a wh*** world, into one harmonious… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 9, 2010 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Emergency Call to Action to All Artists and Poets

During a crisis, as was stated by Harvard's Nieman Guide for Crisis Journalism, it is important for people to have things to do and to make decisions--to help them manage their fear. I would call on artists and poets to organize a kind of online art/poetry therapy session for which people could contribute artistic representations of their fears and how… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 7, 2010 at 10:20pm — 5 Comments

Psychological First Aid: Crisis Communication as Psychoenergonomics

I thought that the most interesting of the five secrets of crisis communication is the last one, about how people react in a pandemic. In the introduction, the site speaks of the need to administer "psychological first aid" (described as a "new concept") to help in managing panic in severe pandemics. I was surprised to find out that knee-jerk reactions are good and that they want people to overreact. This is better than denial which, though it protects us from the potentially harmful effects of… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 7, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Ushahidi: Eastern Massachusetts

We just experienced a water crisis in eastern Massachusetts, and while it wasn't nearly as earth-shattering (literally!) as the earthquake in Haiti, it shows the kind of issues that may soon becoming more common in the first world. In this case, a water main broke, which contaminated water in central Massachusetts which fed communities in the eastern part of the state, including all of Boston. Haverhill is 30 miles north of Boston but was pretty close.... And so, imagining a water crisis--and… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 7, 2010 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Haverhill MA: emergency management plan

I called the Mayor's office and found out that Police Chief Denaro is the Emergency Management Director. His assistant, who happens to live right up the street from me, is investigating whether or not it is available to distribute to the public. I'm sure that it is--he just has to follow protocol. When I get that, I'll be able to become familiar with it and share what I learn.

He asked, "Why do you want it?" I told him that I was playing a social networking game about changing the… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 7, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Qiang Ethnic Group and western Sichuan’s forests

I chose to investigate the reforestation project of the Qiang ethnic group, who "mainly inhabit the valleys of the Minjiang River (a

main branch of the Yangtze) in Sichuan Province." The basic idea here is that they used the group's practice of planting trees in alternating rows so that they could also plant medicinal herbs in between the rows, in the shade from the trees. These herbs are part of their economy, and their practice of… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on May 5, 2010 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

Empowering Women Through Sports: Expanding the Story

I found a couple of ways to expand my initial investigation of empowering women through sports. I found a project on the Global Giving site for giving money to women in Rwanda as well as a story about the same idea in Afghanistan (see my "act6" blog post for links). When I searched for this topic in Google, I came up with the Changemakers profile… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 28, 2010 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

Empowering Women in Rwanda by Training Women Soccer Coaches

I chose the Global Giving project to "Train a 100 football women coaches in Rwanda". I am familiar with the power of sports to keep women out of trouble as a result of seeing a poster in my school declaring the fruits of the Title 9 legislation here in the United States, which required funding to be equally distributed among girls' and boys' sports teams, thereby opening up opportunities… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 28, 2010 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Microlending at Kiva

I started microlending when my mother-in-law gave her children and grandchildren $25 each to get started on Kiva. I have enjoyed taking time to choose the projects and individuals to support. I have chosen individuals in Africa, as I had taken a trip there back in 2003 and saw firsthand the kind of difficulties that the natives face, but you can choose from any continent in the world and from a range of different… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 8, 2010 at 2:51pm — 4 Comments

Community Currencies

I was familiar with the concept of local or community currencies before this mission and in fact had proposed that my struggling city adopt this practice. The catch for making this work, I think, is to have a catchy name. "Ithaca Hours" was the first community to do it ("the oldest and largest of the local currencies in the USA"), and one in my home state of Massachusetts has "BerkShares" (in the Berkshire Mountains). I have… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 8, 2010 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Imagining Water Day 2020

On Water Day 2020, we will sing songs in a public place from Urine Town, a musical which highlights in a humorous way the potential problems of a water crisis, as in this song about how only the rich have the privilege to pee, and the poor are required to pay a fee to pee. This could be part of a festival about water, one which includes educating the public… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 1, 2010 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Clean Water Action -- Political Alliance in Massachusetts

Clean Water Action is a national organization with chapters in a number of states, including my own. Our church has partnered with CWA to work on issues of relevance to our state. In one instance, we arranged an interfaith meeting with a state representative to pressure him to vote for the state's Global Warming Act, which passed the law during the summer of 2008 and became the second state in the nation to do so (after California).

The… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 1, 2010 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Adopting Watersheds for Kids

Though the link for "adopt-a-watershed" didn't work on the suggested list of sites to investigate for this learn objective, I googled the phrase and found a number of sources available for such a project. One is from the EPA site: http://www.epa.gov/adopt/ and they have another site targeting kids: http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/kids/. The Water Quality Forum also has a site:… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on April 1, 2010 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

Celebrating My Sons' College Graduation

In May of 2020, my young sons are graduating from college. We drive to their graduation in our veggie-powered diesel Rabbit, which was built by my friend, the Green Grease Monkey Pat Keaney. On the roof-top of the car are the solar cells that I conceived while playing the Evoke game just 10 years ago--an idea that would not have… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on March 24, 2010 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Solar Energy Collection from Our Car Roofs

This idea is a conceptual blend of the "solar backpack" and the car. The solar backpack puts solar panels on a backpack, which allows the collected energy to power up an ipod or cellphone. My idea is to put such solar panels on the rooftop of a car, with a wire running into the car. It could do the same thing: power these mobile devices as well as rechargeable batteries.

Think of how much time our cars spend out… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on March 24, 2010 at 12:36pm — 3 Comments

The Green Grease Monkeys

I met Pat Keaney, founder of the Green Grease Monkey, back when I was working on the campaign of the Green Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts, Jill Stein (who, incidentally, is running again). I've invited Pat to come to our Green Sanctuary Committee's Earth Day Fair at the UU Church, which we've done for the past three years and will… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on March 24, 2010 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Eating Dinner On My Vermont Farm

On March 17, 2020, I sit down to eat dinner prepared from food I have raised on the small farm in Vermont we moved to a couple of years ago. The milk is raw, straight from the cows. The meat is from a pig or cow that we raised ourselves and that was slaughtered and stored in our freezer. Vegetables were canned last summer and frozen so that we could get through the winter as best we can using locally grown vegetables.

While we began to think of doing this way back in 2008, when… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on March 17, 2010 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Earth Day Fair with local CSAs and Farmers

For my action I will organize an Earth Day Fair on April 18th at the UU Church in Haverhill, MA. We will invite representatives from local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), CSFs (Community Supported Fisheries), and other local farms so that they can meet the members of our congregation and local community. We did the same last year and managed to increase enrollments in the CSAs.

Added by Richard Smyth on March 17, 2010 at 12:54pm — 4 Comments

Sustainability Issues in Farm Industry News article

One of the innovations I investigated projected what farming will be like in 10 years (in 2013). While some of the innovations discussed sounded exciting, others were troubling to me for a number of reasons. I have been studying "ethical eating" as part of the Unitarian Universalist church's "study/action issue," and much of what I… Continue

Added by Richard Smyth on March 15, 2010 at 4:47pm — 4 Comments

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