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January 2014 Blog Posts (34)

Understanding Knowledge as Social Innovation

I put this note on the comments site after reading about Social Innovation -

Sometimes it's more difficult to move from the things of social innovation to the why and how, we must appreciate that not all things can be solved with things, but with knowledge #LEARN1

While it is true that in a lot of places the things make a big difference, but empowering people with knowledge and education truly frees the oppressed, it brings meaning and value to the shamed, and it opens door…


Added by Nicole Stedman on January 27, 2014 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Social Innovation-Tyler Marshall

My favorite secret to social innovation was this post, "Provide skills, not just finished technologies. The current revolution in design for developing countries is the notion of co-creation, of teaching the skills necessary to create the solution,rather than simply providing the solution. By involving the community throughout the design process, you can help equip people to innovate and contribute to the evolution of the product. Furthermore, they acquire the skills needed to create…


Added by Tyler Marshall on January 27, 2014 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Water for life.

After learning of my first objective for this mission, it didn't take me long to decide what my favourite clean water project was. LifeStraw is both an innovative product and a campaign to provide clean water world wide. Anyone can purchase a LifeStraw, LifeStraw Family or LifeStraw Go. The LifeStraw product is designed to filter water from any source and make it safe to drink. The internal filtration system of LifeStraw helps to filter out waterborne bacterias, protozoan cysts and other…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 27, 2014 at 1:15am — No Comments

Let's celebrate.

There are many things to celebrate in the year 2020 and I always spend those special days with my family. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. are all spent in our home on the farm. Our celebrations are simple, but they still hold great meaning for us. My favorite celebrations are those that are solely for our family. Today, it is a cold day in December. My family and I are spending the evening in our living room, wood warmed by an advanced combustion fireplace. There's no television,…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 26, 2014 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Electric Tractors.

At VersaLand, a 145-acre farm in Iowa City, farmers spend their time on the small research farm looking to innovate new ways to farm sustainably. Their most popular invention is their electric tractor. Powered by eight golf-cart batteries, the small tractor is fully capable of cultivating, planting, mowing and even hauling loads. It is completely electrical- no diesel needed. This innovation cut the costs of production by eliminating a fuel bill. Although the small tractor may not hold up…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 26, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

On the menu...

It's the year 2020... as I prepare to sit down and enjoy my meal for the evening, I reflect back on how things were in 2014. A lot has changed since I first became an Urgent Evoke agent. Meals are less scare worldwide now and agriculture is stronger than ever, still producing the healthiest, wh***some and safe food products that families love and need. Over the years, working both with Urgent Evoke and as the head of quality control for my meat processing company, I've seen the communication…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 26, 2014 at 8:50pm — No Comments


For my action on this mission, I decided to shadow Ryan Goodman. Mr. Goodman is a social innovator of the agricultural industry here in the United States. Currently working on a cattle ranch in the state of Montana, he actively keeps a blog, Facebook and Twitter so that he can keep consumers connected to the agricultural industry through his own personal experiences and knowledge.

Ryan Goodman is a perfect example of a social innovator for the agricultural industry in that he is…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 26, 2014 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Touré McCluskey and his change

Touré McCluskey is a fantastic innovator in that he took simple needs with simple ideas and found a way to bring a solution to a need. He provided a search engine for those without health insurance looking and needing an procedure to be able to find one at a reasonable price. Ok CoPay is the name of the company and with the tagline "Right doctor, right price" the entire company is summed up easily, Health options that take into account price and specialty. Upon a quick search he is on…


Added by Andrew Lepore on January 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

2020- where I'll be

A lot can happen in 6 years. In 2020 I will 27, going on 28, and thinking about a family if I haven't already been married or had a kid by then. I will be venturing back to my hometown of Jacksonville, FL where I hope to innovate a lot of great change. Currently there is a sense of poverty in the city where the downtown area, which is suppose to be the most prominent area of the city. People tend to stray from the area when it is suppose to be a hub of living, safety and comfort. Changes are…


Added by Andrew Lepore on January 24, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Create Transparent technologies

Creating transparent technologies is incredibly important. No matter how helpful something may be, it becomes incredibly useless if people don't know how to use it. For example, if a computer had so many complicated functions that the average person could not use it, then the technology would never take off. This becomes especially important in third world countries where the level of education and intellect ma not be as sophisticated. Thus when trying to evoke change in new areas, things…


Added by Andrew Lepore on January 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Only $2

Try living for a week on $2 a day.

What a different mind set we would all have if we took one week of our lives to do this. Even just a day. If you have access to this computer, from the comfort of your own home or even an air conditioned building you are already among some of the richest people in the world. Especially us in America, we have no clue what living at the world's average is actually like.

I encourage people to take time out of their lives…


Added by Taylor Nones on January 24, 2014 at 4:02am — No Comments

Feeding the world... one community at a time.

Sometimes food insecurity is a hard topic for me to grasp. I come from a very rural community where almost everyone either farms or at least works on a farm. People in my community know how to produce their own food efficiently. Our community is most likely considered as "food insecure" because of "food deserts." The food deserts refer to the lack of access people in our area have to places like grocery stores. People in our community are very spread out because of all the farming land and…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 23, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Called in the future...

When Alchemy called me for the 2020 Evoke mission in Tokyo, my life was quite different from what it was when I first started as an Urgent Evoke Agent in 2014.

Since graduating from UF, I've moved to the state of Alabama where-- when not on call for Urgent Evoke-- I work full time as the head of quality control for a meat processing plant. I work hard daily to ensure food safety for all consumers of our company's product. I take food safety very seriously and absolutely love my…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 23, 2014 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Like a little child...

While reviewing the examples in Exhibit A, I was noticing that many of them sounded familiar to me. Either they were examples that I've had previous experience in or they were things that I have pondered before. The secret that stood out to me the most was "think like a child – children have no limit to their thinking."

I often forget how the thoughts of children can be so complex and yet so simple. Children truly have no limits on their thought processes-- they are innocent and…


Added by Brittany A. McDaniel on January 23, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments

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