For the 30+ years of empowerment work I have amassed in these adventures, there are many days where I still succ**b to feelings of powerlessness.
I let the little thing get to me.
Some detail is missed, a mistake made.
I forget to embrace the beauty of this present moment.
Love does not always rule when I get distracted.
Becoming an agent of change there is a forging process, like… Continue
Added by Evo on May 14, 2010 at 1:29am —
"To learn how to become familiar with the intimate is to go to the school of ritual again" - Sobonfu Some, The Spirit of Intimacy (Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships)
Frame one: photos of newspapers from around the world.
In many countries political strife emerges from political decisions around sexual health, rights and responsibilities.
Is it ok for two men, two women or groups of people to enter the ritual of… Continue
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 6:26pm —
2. Learn from others locally
3. Ask for the key concerns
4. Never assume you know what's best
5. Crowdsource solutions with communities
6. Request what you need from those who have it
7. Be transparent in sharing information
8. Protect the fragile (older, younger, vulnerable) populations
9. Remind leaders to act with wellbeing of all others in mind
10. Practice… Continue
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 6:09pm —
As this network grows we need to hear more voices from around the world. I have been honored to meet so many of you from India, South Africa, Chile & Argentina, Uganda, Italy, the UK, Canada, the US and many more countries. What about Cote d'Ivoire? Madagascar? Peru? Indonesia? The Phillippines?
Many of the most crisis-prone areas are also among the lowest in the world for internet penetration, the essential step needed to make sure that we're bringing great leaders on… Continue
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 5:27pm —
For the last few months I have been involved with Crisis Commons, the CrisisWiki team and Crisis Camps all over the world to help create this network of dark sites ready to go live as needed. Within 24 hours of most disasters we are able to get a detailed resource site up and shared.
Here's one example of a recent site that went live:…
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 5:04pm —
A calm demeanor is essential for all agents to cultivate during times of crisis. This means that we do not run around like chickens with our heads cut off -- we are fast and efficient as necessary but we do not bark orders to those around us. By speaking to people directly with eye contact, not yelling but calmly stating all needed pieces this helps others to model that same behavior and stay calm when a cool head is needed.
I first learned these skills as a chaplain and… Continue
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 4:56pm —
During times of crisis relief I learned a number of tricks from my government colleagues working with comedians, crisis commons leaders and other organizers. USE MEDIA STARS.
The 2011 outbreak required mobilizing our media leaders quickly: Oprah, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert were all tapped to go out with a quick PSA asking everyone to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary while recommending specific actions for those required to work… Continue
Added by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 4:47pm —
Over the last few decades we have seen the necessity of symbiotic relationships with all types of life: silicon and carbon based cultures have mingled and our consciousness is no longer h*** erectus -- we are now fully h*** evolutis. We have taken biology and evolution into our own hands to craft the types of creatures we wish to be, whether crossed with intelligent devices or custom-tailored genetic cultivation. We are the new hybrids and it is up to each one of us to make the most of our… Continue
Added by Evo on April 25, 2010 at 9:00pm —
California 2020 is a map that I've started to show where green roof projects, gratitude gardens, community spaces, energy solutions and emergency food options will exist in various areas. It will take some time to develop this resiliency plan throughout California so my mapping will center on five areas where I live and work most frequently throughout CA. This embedded starter map is taken from our current neighborhood in MidCity Los Angeles, ground zero to this week's episode. You can see… Continue
Added by Evo on April 21, 2010 at 7:19am —
When the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010 we immediately ran to Ushahidi for help -- I first ran across them two years prior at a NetSquared mobile technologies summit where we were premiering great new tools like theirs. They won an award for being quick to respond and scalable to any disaster, two essential needs for crisis work.
So far the Crisis Commons team has connected with Ushahidi for a handful of disasters in 2010, and we expect this to scale to dozens if not… Continue
Added by Evo on April 20, 2010 at 8:00pm —
About 10 years ago I began teaching young girls how to create websites, videos and other digital media creations. The impact of this work is tremendous: a girl quickly realizes her power to create change in the world when given the tools to make new movements.
This year I am teaching a group of girls how to produce their own web series and mobilize their community around new endeavors. We started small, paying for 4 flip cameras for these students to start videotaping their… Continue
Added by Evo on April 13, 2010 at 6:19pm —
Here at the Kiva Virtual Office on Aloft Nonprofit Commons Island there's a quiet before the next day of active trading and loans. Over 48000 came in according to the counter at the door and there's no sign of stopping as peer to peer microloans become the standard for middle class development.
Added by Evo on April 5, 2010 at 7:00am —
For the last decade I have traveled and explored how communities create alternate currency flow, from gift economies and creative exchanges to time banks, local certificates and cards. While I am most impressed with sustainable cooperative measures that create solid trustworthy institutions we must recognize that it is very tough to reach this goal. Groups and networks by nature will struggle with power as it relates to any currency and control of its flow and diligent community builders will… Continue
Added by Evo on April 4, 2010 at 11:16am —
I am going to cut and paste directly from their website as they are exceptionally thoughtful about thrivable issues in development:…
Added by Evo on April 2, 2010 at 9:37pm —
At my house we have a little saying...
"If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down!"
We have come a long way with toilets that flush less water down the toilet, using pressure and air instead of water to handle sanitation conversions into energy for our homes and communities. Many communities are starting to look at biofuels and waste as fuel to create a… Continue
Added by Evo on April 1, 2010 at 1:28am —
Living in community means making decisions with a large group of people. We meet by consensus and decide how to address our water needs and situations. Since we are currently required by law to be attached to LADWP for our "public utilities" there are certain restrictions on what we can work with locally. Most of Southern California does not allow for composting toilets or other natural waste aeration systems that handle flow differently than the system understands.
Added by Evo on April 1, 2010 at 1:15am —
Tree People Cisterns: http://www.treepeople.org/cistern
The coolest interactive demonstration I've seen in awhile from a nonprofit organization allows you to model out your own cistern project and look at rainfall collection as it can be used throughout the year for agriculture, fire safety & other essential needs.…
Added by Evo on March 31, 2010 at 4:23pm —
I have been organizing festivals now for almost 20 years, from the biggest art in the world at the Burning Man festival in Nevada to the largest music festivals in the world including Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle. Since 2005 we have been working to "green" festivals by creating alt-energy solutions for mobile tech: solar grids, biofuel generators, portable wind solutions, composting EVERYTHING and working with local energy providers to include non-fossil-fuel… Continue
Added by Evo on March 22, 2010 at 4:54am —
I live in an intentional community in Los Angeles known as @sugarshack
-- a thriving home for 12 people + working room for 6 others in our area. We have found that intentional community living is one of the best ways to share resources and live efficiently in urban environments. Together we are more efficient and we waste less by cooking together!
We have a small garden bed outside our home on a concrete slab that was once a… Continue
Added by Evo on March 11, 2010 at 2:14pm —
Every time I leave, I think this. The weather was so beautiful today, 75 degrees fahrenheit and clear enough to see the snow-capped mountains not an hour away. A perfect Los Angeles day working with my colleagues teaching public diplomacy at USC, facilitating architecture and international collaborative design, nonprofit community networks and spark-inducing-high-tech art. My life is a dream, it could not be any better than this.
I got a number of odd messages, first from… Continue
Added by Evo on March 6, 2010 at 7:35am —