Here's my latest draft of my proposal. Let me know what you think. What sounds great? What's not clear? Is there anything else I should include?
Also, as far as the project's needs, right now the most crucial thing I need is a good, free, open source way to integrate some kind of profile page system into a wiki site. That and some brainstorming on a fun name for this site. (I'd love to use a non-english word or phrase, if possible. Anyone want to translate "beautiful school" or "my body school" into other languages?)
Anyway, here it is!
...1. The Place. Where will you make a difference? Describe the institution, community, town or other geographic or virtual space in which you will focus your efforts.
The world! On the web, and in person anywhere there are humans curious about how to take better care of their bodies, and use their bodies to solve problems.2. The Challenge. What will you aim to change, and for whom? Highlight what is the need that you perceive and who will benefit from this change.
Over half a century ago psychologist Abraham Maslow researched the basic needs for humans to become healthy, successful, and even transcendent beings who feel they are a part of a much larger wh*** and are motivated to contribute great things to the world. Yet a large percentage of humans on the planet still aren't able to regularly get the absolute bottom line needs that Maslow called the Physiological and Safety needs so that they can be healthy at their core, and take good care of their world.
With modern research, and what I like to call Maslow 2.0, we can more easily define those two levels of needs as:Access to healthy physical inputs- Wh*** Food- Clean Water- Fresh Air- Warmth- LightThe freedom to express physical outputs- Solids (poop, salt, etc.)- Liquids (pee, sweat, etc.)- Gases (CO2, etc.)- Energy (movement, sounds, static charge, etc.)
The change this Evokation is looking for is an increase in every human being's ability to get those basic needs met, both through education about what these needs are, and though practical solutions to getting those needs met in a variety of creative and sustainable ways, by making skillful use of the abundance of energy and creativity of the young people of the world, who generally have more free time, and are nearly always looking for ways to use their personal resources for the benefit of their families, communities, cultures, and even the planet as a wh***.3. The Idea. Your solution – what is the action, product, service, project, change that you will initiate? Tell us how will your idea will succeed where others have failed.
The intention of this Evokation is to have an open wiki site that functions something like an elementary school for all ages, focused on the basic needs for human living. The school will be a welcoming virtual space, and potentially physical spaces, for young people to be both teachers and students in the art of raising the quality of life for every individual on the planet (and off!). The focus will be on very simple, practical, affordable ways to get more quality things into the human body, and to more effectively use the things that human bodies produce. The website structure will be similar to Wikipedia and Instructables.com
(without the ads!), with entries categorized by type of need, and content being formatted as simple instructions, usually with pictures. There will also be a social networking component, with opportunities for people to participate in discussions about solutions, and the opportunity for participants to create their own profile pages (with permission from an adult, for younger kids). The school will be open to all ages to learn and teach, however, the site itself will primarily be aimed at appealing to kids and teenagers, to offer young people those "opportunities to lead and succeed" that 12 year old TED talk presenter, Adora Svitak, calls on us adults to help create:
"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been. Which may be a little challenging considering you guy's credentials... But the way progress happens is because new generations and new eras grow and become better than the previous ones. It's the reason we're not in the dark ages anymore. No matter your position or place in life, it is imperative that you create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away."
And the reason this project will succeed is because it's filling a need that no other school has filled, to offer kids and teens the opportunity to become skilled at taking excellent care of the world, and to blow us older folks away...4. The Money. What would you do with your first US$1,000 given or invested in support of your vision?
This Evokation is effectively money independent. However, any money donated to the project will indeed be useful in helping secure long-term website hosting, and possibly pay small stipends for those individuals who contribute to the back-end structure of the website, as well as possibly helping teams of young people get the technology tools they need to doc**ent their solutions (digital cameras, for example).
Even more useful will be businesses that have environmentally safe, extra byproducts to donate to local groups of young people, so that the kids and teens can be more effective in learning how to use their local community's extra resources for creative problem solving. Working with the resources you've got is a crucial element of sustainability, so encouraging young problem solvers to use, recycle, and reuse materials that are locally abundant are primary aims of the school.
Ultimately, though, this project is quite literally Human Powered, not money powered, so nearly all of the contributions to the success of the school will come directly from humans! So, really, we don't need much money to succeed, instead, we need your human passion and creativity and love to succeed!