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Evoke Season 2

New Challenges - Depletion of Marine Wildlife, Ocean Level Rise, A World Without Money

Locations - Whereever there is internet access. Focusing on Africa again may increase African participation since the network already has a base from Season 1.

People - Perhaps more encouragement from policy makers - there could be a weekly mission submission from a spotlight government official.

New Changes - It`s an amazing networking, learning, and knowledge-share tool. I`ll have to…


Added by Brandon Cline on May 13, 2010 at 2:56am — No Comments

Groceries to the Rescue!

It's 2011, and the newest pandemic (dubbed Leaky Bum) includes, among other side-effects, a serious case of diarrhea. Hospitals are full of Leaky Bum patients, and the kitchens are strained to provide stomach-friendly food to everyone. Quick! Emergency call to groceries! Hospitals post online what food they need, and grocery stores log-in to fill the order. Knowing which food is in high demand, groceries can inform their suppliers in… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on May 12, 2010 at 1:07pm — No Comments


As noted in the investigation links for Mission 7, higher temperatures, less rainfall, and strong Santa Ana winds are contributing to more frequent and ferocious forest fires in California. Being from Los Angeles County, being prepared for this kind of natural disaster is paramount. In the event of a crisis, I think the Ushahidi platform could be a very important tool for quickly collecting, analyzing, and acting upon different kinds…


Added by Brandon Cline on May 12, 2010 at 8:18am — No Comments

The Barefoot College

"A hundred years ago, when villages in India had no urban-trained professionals with impressive paper qualifications, what did the villagers do? They developed their own knowledge, skills and wisdom..."

So begins the Kivu.com case study… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on May 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My Birthday Cause for Kiva

With my birthday less than a week away, I am using Facebook Causes to evoke my birthday wish to friends and family - a $240 (my age on April 28th x 10 gifts) donation to Kiva.org. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe for the sake of alleviating poverty. Currently, 82% of loans on Kiva are made to women. From Premal Shah, the president of Kiva: …


Added by Brandon Cline on April 25, 2010 at 7:59am — 3 Comments

Chopped Hair and Gluten-Free Tastiness

In return for picking up my friend from the train station (about an hour away when you`re in the boonies of northern Japan), I let him hone his barber skills by chopping off all of my hair.

Ah, maintenance-free!

Also, I`ll be receiving some tasty treats by…


Added by Brandon Cline on April 22, 2010 at 4:45am — 3 Comments

A Resource-Based Economy

I came across the Zeitgeist Movement about a year ago, and what intrigued me the most about it was the idea and reasoning for moving from the current Money-Based Economy to a Resource-Based one. I think It is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative solutions to the problems of our current monetary system. Here are a few quotes from its Essays section:…


Added by Brandon Cline on April 19, 2010 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Paint the Town Blue

"Paint the Town Blue" festivals everywhere! Attendees wear blue clothes/body paint and/or swimwear. A purchased entry ticket is in the shape of a water droplet with water scarcity info on it. Tape will be provided for the option to wear it as a badge. The water droplet ticket will also contain a raffle number. Winners of the raffle receive tin water bottles with the grand… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on April 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Saltwater Farm Biofuel! Wahoowa!

Just a shoutout to my almer mater, the University of Virginia, whose Civil Engineering Department is working with The Seawater Foundation to make biofuel a sustainable option. The article has a description of a pretty ingenious system for a saltwater farm:

"[The] system begins with a canal dug inland from the ocean. Seawater… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on April 12, 2010 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

Water > Embarrassment

Source: http://www.murraythenut.com/2010/03/03/water/

She'll understand.

Added by Brandon Cline on April 6, 2010 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

Turn Wine Into Water

Meet CellarThief: For every bottle of wine sold, they donate 100 days' worth of clean water to those who need it most through their partnership with Charity: Water. And more water is donated each time a wine sells out. They call this additional water "The Bounty." Simple, beautiful proof that a for-profit company can see the real "bottom line" and…

Added by Brandon Cline on April 6, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Easter 2020!

We enjoy some good ol' fashioned Easter egg hunting around the neighborhood in the morning. Meanwhile, delicious whiffs of baking carrot cake waft from the solar oven. In the afternoon, we play a have a vicious game of sOccket soccer, transferring the energy from our game to our home's energy storage. As the day fades, we move inside our solar powered house. However, the fun's not over as we head out again for Easter Round 2 - this time, hunting for… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on April 1, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Results From My Attempt To Live on $2 Per Day

Week: Monday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 28th

A sample of my daily meals:


Rice (gift from a farmer friend for my help harvesting) - $0

Natto (fermented soy beans...an acquired taste) - $0.25

Egg - $0.15

Juice - $0.20

Breakfast Total: $0.60…


Added by Brandon Cline on April 1, 2010 at 8:58am — No Comments

Solar Cooking

As spring approaches, I plan to build and use a solar panel cooker (easy instructions to build one here). First future solar cooked meal: pasta! More evidence to come...

Added by Brandon Cline on March 28, 2010 at 12:17pm — 6 Comments

Harish Hande and SELCO Solar

Harish Hande wants to bring power to the 57% of the population in India who are off the grid. After studying engineering, he lived in a poor village to experience life without electricity and determine what exactly people in rural areas need. He determined solar energy is the most efficient, affordable, and safest way to generate power for these villages. With this idea, he founded SELCO Solar. He works with investors for funding, with villagers to inform them of solar… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 28, 2010 at 4:01am — No Comments

One Soup, Three Sides

My friends and I have returned to Japan from our days as English teachers in the JET Program. We're deciding where to grab dinner.

"How about that all-you-can-eat meat place?"

"Oh yeah, that place is SO tasty! Let's check it out."

But as we approach the familiar building, an unfamiliar sign hangs above the door:


"One soup, Three sides?"

"What? I don't remember there being any soup?"

"Or sides. Unless you count pork,… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 25, 2010 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

A Saturday With My Vice Principal

Last summer, I asked my school's vice principal if I could help him with his garden. We tilled soil, planted corn stalks, clipped green beans and strawberries, and had a fresh, straight-from-the-garden lunch. It was definitely an enjoyable, delicious, feel-good experience. Seems my VP talked to my volleyball coach, and as a result he asked if I could help with the fall rice harvest on his farm. As a thank-you, he gave me a 5 kg. bag of… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 24, 2010 at 4:24am — 1 Comment

Catchy Japanese PSA

Being an English teacher in rural Japan, these past 2 Evoke missions have really interested me. I had heard about Japan's aging demographic problem and how it is being intensified by young people moving from rural areas to metropolitan areas for salary jobs. But until now I had no idea about Japan importing 60% of its food, and the crisis resulting from poor crop yields around the world and therefore higher import prices for Japan.

The Evoke missions provided a lot of information on… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 23, 2010 at 5:38am — No Comments

Too Many Possibilities

I'll be running an outdoor leadership school for at-risk youth. Or I'll be developing my grandfather's farm as a sustainable, environmentally-healing one like The Polyface Farms. Or I'll have won several beach volleyball championships and invested my winnings in microfinance. Or I'll have finally put my degree to use and be working for Engineers Without Borders. Or I'll be… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 22, 2010 at 2:11am — 2 Comments

The Buried Life

The heroes I chose to follow are the guys of the MTV show The Buried Life. They are a group of four who decided they're sick of racing through life with no direction. Instead, they contemplated their answers to the question "What Do I Want To Do Before I Die?" They made a list of 100 things, and set out to do them. Also, for every item the accomplish on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams.

They are my heroes because they… Continue

Added by Brandon Cline on March 22, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

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This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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