A crash course in changing the world.
I have found reports about indigenous people in South America using plants for medicine and healing. One tribe, called the Yąnomamö, are known for their huge botanical knowledge and use roughly 500 plants for food, medicine, and house building. If I were to make an object representing this knowledge, I would construct a large hollow wooden box with leaves and herbs hand-carved on the sides and lid. People would be able to write what they know about plant medicines and put them in the box for…Continue
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If I were to make an emergency dark site, I would have it prepared in the case of a food shortage around the world. I would:
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In 2020, I think Christchurch will have many more parks, and 'green' areas. There will be a lot of eco-friendly buildings, and all of Christchurch will be more eco-friendly. All structures will be earthquake-strengthened and we will be prepared in the case of another earthquake. Christchurch has had many rebuilds and new structures built in the community, although Christchurch is not fully rebuilt yet. There will be nearly no pollution in the wh*** Canterbury region.
Added by Becca Haisman on June 20, 2012 at 1:50am — No Comments
Mainly resilience plans for Christchurch include rebuilding earthquake-damaged structures, and building new earthquake-proof buildings around the city. Also there are plans to make Christchurch a more eco-friendly city, with more parks and sustainable buildings.
Added by Becca Haisman on June 19, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments
The Kaya Forests of Coastal Kenya are sacred sites to the Mijikenda people of Kenya. Conservation of these forests is important to the Kaya Elders and their people. I think the most important lesson from this case study is that we need to preserve sacred sites around the world, and to listen to the local communities or indigenous people before taking action ourselves.
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The five principles of outbreak communication
|1. Trust is the most important thing. Every communication we make is really part of our pandemic communication, because we’re either building trust or it’s costing us.|
|2. Be as transparent as possible.|
|3. Announce early, even…|
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• What are the goals of the network? How does it work?
EVOKE’s goals are to find solutions to our most urgent social problems worldwide. Evoke Agents submit ideas and possible…
Added by Becca Haisman on June 19, 2012 at 6:04am — No Comments
I think EVOKE should tackle the problem of Child Slavery and Child Trafficking. If this was used as a topic for a mission, I think a lot of EVOKE Agents would have many great ideas and solutions, and people may do even more to help after learning about it, e.g. donating to organisations trying to prevent child slavery. This is a very important problem, and I think it has to stop. If this becomes an EVOKE mission, a lot more people, EVOKE agents or not, will learn about Child Slavery and…Continue
Added by Becca Haisman on June 17, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
On globalgiving.org I found an organisation called Woman Thrive who helps women run their own farm by 'Investing in women farmers - such as providing them with information, land rights, organizing support, time-savings systems, and better access to public-private partnerships-not only benefits women and their families economically, but also increases overall global crop production. Women can lift themselves from poverty and can feed the world; they just need our support.'
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I have found a company, called World of Good, which is owned by Priya Haji. It connects artisans—mostly women—in poor countries with consumers in the West. The company first finds handmade items from far-flung villages across Asia, Africa, and South America. It then cleverly displays the wares in affluent urban stores throughout the United States.
Boutiques selling ethnic crafts like earrings, scarves, and bowls are found everywhere in refurbished neighborhoods. Haji's company works…Continue
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Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) is a non-governmental organization based in Kenya that helps people infected or affected by HIV to lead healthier lives and earn much needed income.SWAP has designed a program that helps not only HIV-support groups but also the broader community by making water treatment and other health products available. By working with roughly 450 groups, SWAP has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people in the last four years.…Continue
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About six weeks ago I helped plant some cabbage and silver beet plants in my family's garden and I think we'll be able to pick and then eat some of those vegetables in another six weeks. It will help us to save money and having the vegetables ready to pick at any time will be very convenient.
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In 2020, many women in Rwanda will now know how to read, write, and do basic maths. They have the skills to run a business, and they know about their rights. They can read signs and know what's going on, not be deceived. Many girls will go to school and they will learn to run a business and support their family. This will be because of a Global Giving project to improve women's rights and living conditions in Rwanda.
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I wait at the dinner table while the robot adds the finishing touches to a spicy Indian curry. My family sits around me, each waiting for their own unique dishes. One of my brothers has ordered a Mexican salsa with corn chips, while the other has a pan-fried trout with garlic and lemon. My dad has a prime New Zealand roast lamb and vegetables roasted in butter with mint sauce. My mum has the same dish but without it being roasted in butter. Since we upgraded our robot-chef, he can cook…Continue
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If I was going to organise World Water Day 2020, I would have a big event happening at the same time around the world. Communities could support World Water Day by making a film, donating to organisations, or even writing to the leader of their country to gain their support and help, as well as other ideas. Their projects would start at the same time throughout the world. The goal would be to help countries with droughts, etc, while having fun at the same time. This event could last 2-3…Continue
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April 1, 2020
Today leaders from around the world have announced a new coin will be introduced as part of a plan for worldwide currency. Observers who saw the prototype of the coin describes it as gold with an intricately designed delicate sun in the centre. The coin's value will be the same as a NZD$2 coin. Other coins and notes to come include 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 NZD values. A spokesman said that this new currency will be availabe in approximately two years, in July…Continue
Added by Becca Haisman on June 13, 2012 at 2:32am — No Comments
Everyday I use lights in my room to read at night. Another way I could power these lights could be to use solar panels. I could connect the solar panels straight to my room and use the energy to power my lights as well as my clock. Also it could be used to charge electronic items such as cameras and cell phones.
Added by Becca Haisman on June 12, 2012 at 1:17am — No Comments
It's Christmas tomorrow, and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. This year is the first time we've been able to have everything eco-friendly, and I organised it. We have solar panels for power, and recycleable paper plates and cups. In the past 3 years we have replaced all our old furniture with sustainable recycleable wood furniture, so thats all sorted. I really hope everything goes to plan tomorrow and that this year Christmas will be really amazing!
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EPISODE 1 PART 1
In reality, there is no death-only transition. So the real question is; “How can we live our life now to make our “transition” free and clear?” – Anonymous
New York City, October 2, 2139
Looking around from the overcrowded streets. Afternoon. There are too many people here. The world is becoming over populated. Everyone is either starving or having trouble breathing. Gas masks are a must have. Laws have been passed that 4 is a…
Added by Becca Haisman on June 11, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments
I think the most likely crisis that could happen in Christchurch would be another large earthquake, following the 4 major earthquakes Christchurch has had in the past 1 1/2 years. This would be probably be followed by a power outage and some sewer pipes may have shifted and broken. A lot of houses would be very cold at night without any power for heating, as the temperature is usually in the negatives at night. I would track the earthquake and consecutive aftershocks on websites such as…Continue
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