A crash course in changing the world.
EVOKE is a call to action to make a change, big or small, in your community. They urge citizens to become informed about some of the most pressing issues facing the world and then make it their mission to find innovative solutions to these problems. It forces people to think outside of the box and become a creative problem solver. It does not ask you what others can do, but instead, it allows you to explore how you can be the difference. The goal of EVOKE is to motivate people to solve these…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
I think that EVOKE should focus next on the issues of education inquiry that exist around the world. Education is the key to success and unlocking countless opportunities. People should be tasked with changing this in their community and help to empower underprivileged students. A child's future should not be dictated by the ZIP code that they grew up in or due to the lack of resources at his school. Children are the future leaders of the world, so they ALL deserve to be educated as if they…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I would draft a group comprised of local leaders in different fields of expertise. The doctor would be able to provide medical insight, the public safety officer would be able to help make an action plan best suited for the communities needs, etc. The team would be tasked with making sure that the community has the resources it needs in order to fight the pandemic. We would educate people on what to do if they contracted the flu and give aid to them in an effort to contain it. We would work…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 15, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
I think the most interesting part of this journal is coming to terms with uncertainty. People all over the world have a different orientation when it comes to this subject: some welcome the uncertain and other avoid it, afraid that it will affect their familiar routine. Coming to terms with the fact that life is full of uncertainties is of utmost importance in order to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 10, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
In 100 years from now, I want the youth to be sustaining their own environments. I would tell them to utilize the natural resources that surround them in order to minimize their impact on the earth. I would like to see all homes and companies powered from a renewable source of energy like water, wind, or the sun instead of on fossil fuels. I would tell them to keep innovating to make the world a better place for the future. Minimize pollution and focus on longterm sustainability.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 4, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
After reading through several articles, I found that there were particular themes in which countries used. One was educating the ma**** on the purpose of the mission. When the citizens were educated they felt a sense of ownership to their resources and more empowered and compelled to save them. Take for example the forests in Uganda, or the natural resources in Botswana. People learned that they can profit off of their resources if they use them properly and work to sustain them.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 4, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments
What are the most likely natural disasters, food shortages, power outages, political crises, health outbreaks, or other social disruptions that YOU should be prepared to face with resilience? Pick one.
What different kinds of data would you track in the crisis?
What different kinds of urgent information and resources would you need to collect and share?
Hurricanes are a natural threat to the state of Florida. Because of the long history of hurricanes devastating the state,…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 3, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
I like the resilience plans that reflect the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of companies all over the US. Starbucks is a company that seeks to incentivize environmentally sound habits. They offer discounts to customers that use refillable jigs for their drinks and instead of throwing away old coffee grounds, they allow customers to take it home and use it in their gardens. Another corporation that makes a positive impact on the community is the UF Innovation Hub. They allow for more…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
A Girls place in Alachua county makes it their mission to help girls develop into courageous, strong and self sufficient women. By volunteering an afternoon, I was able to help with this mission. By simply playing outside after school and helping with homework, I was able to remind the girls that they can be anything they want to be. The impact that this organization has on the community is amazing and watching the girls become empowered and encouraged to be as good the boys.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 2, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Millions of unsafe abortions are performed each year around the world. Abortions are legally allowed in 98% of the countries of the world for women who are at risk for death or serious illness due to her pregnancy. There are many social, political and religious factors that play into this and cause many women to seek an unsafe abortion in fear of ridicule or excommunication from their society. Women who cannot have a safe abortion, should access healthy and safe care from a medical provider…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on April 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
This week, I thought about a time when I used Fundly.com to finance a trip that I took to Washington, DC. I was able to host a page that allowed anyone to fund my educational trip. I was able to raise over $1000 which helped me cover travel, food, and lodging costs for the entire trip. More and more people are starting to use these programs that help them achieve their dreams. Anyone is able to view your goal/mission and if they want, they are able to donate to support your cause.…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Bitcoin has become a popular mode of payment on the internet. It is open sourced and therefore does not require any bank or central network. It is less traceable and acts in a similar manner as cash. It is created and managed electronically through the network.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 31, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I would encourage local governments to shut off access to water, forcing people to go out and find water on their own, the way millions of people around the world do everyday. This will increase awareness, ignite a spark and encourage people to get involved in solving the world water crisis.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
UNICEF has created a program for smartphone users to help those in need of clean water. The program involves someone going to http://tap.unicefusa.org on their phone and resist the temptation to touch their phone. For every 10 minutes you do not use or touch your phone, you will provide clean water for a child for one day. The longer you go, the more of an impact you have.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 30, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Disney research team has invented a way to produce electricity using just paper. They have found a way to power LED lights, send a wireless signal to a PC or produce sound just by rubbing to special sheets of paper together. The technology is so thin, and responds to a number of tactile stimulations, it could potentially be used in interactive teaching materials like books, posters and more. The best part is it will last forever since there are no batteries involved. …
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 24, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I organized a philanthropy with my fraternity that worked to raise money and food for a local food bank. It is an annual event that benefits Feeding America, an organization that works to eradicate food insecurities in America. This past event, we collected over 300 pounds of food and raised over $500. http://www.urgentevoke.com/photo/food-bank?context=user
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 23, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
I am in Florida and I am enjoying a meal with my family a local restaurant- there are no more chain restaurants in existence due to poor food quality and a move towards locally grown produce and demand for organic food. I know that my food came from local farms because the restaurant lists all of the suppliers for the food on the menu. The food was prepared in a kitchen that minimizes waste and donates left over food to homeless shelters at night. I am eating Chicken Alfredo and it tastes…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 23, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
I would like to design a special shower drain that converted shower water into some sort of energy that can be used to power something in the house. Instead of being wasted water, the water would turn turbines in the drain that could be converted to power lights or subsidize your home's energy consumption. Now taking a shower would allow you to create energy instead of just wasting water.
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 23, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Disney Research has found a new way to create energy using paper. The paper responds to a number of tactile stimulations and creates enough power to light up LEDs, produce sound, and even send a wireless signal to a PC. The new technology can be used as an educational supplement in posters, books, etc. The best part is the paper does not require any batteries. …Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 23, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
One of the biggest problems in Alachua county is food insecurity for our youth. One program that works to combat this issue is the Food for Kids back pack program. This program works to collect food donations in local areas to send home with underprivileged students in Alachua County public schools. This allows children to have enough food for the weekend, so that they are not being malnourished until they go back to school. Advocating for this issue is crucial so that more students are able…Continue
Added by Ricardo Salabarria on March 15, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments