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Imagine7: Akron Resilience Map

Here's the link:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114061684021139521729.000486600eeebcac3c8b2

I think this was an awesome assignment, it really got me thinking about the resources available in my community.

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Act6: Bleeding to Death

There are many things for which I am grateful to modern science. One is the lowered rate of death among new mothers. But in the places modern science has not taken root many women die hemorrhaging after they have given birth. The thought of giving birth is scary enough without that.



Bleeding to death is a real danger for women in rural and under-developed areas. So I donated to Venture Strategies, an organization getting medical supplies and knowledge to women in Ethiopia, specifically… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 6:48am — No Comments

Imagine4: Happy Water Day!

On Water Day 2020, as the sun rises, EVOKE agents all over the developed world are setting up wells. The wells are huge stands in the centers of towns where volunteers wait with different sized weights. Hundreds of thousands of people who have running water in their houses are going to use the wells today.



As the sun rises a few adventurous souls arrive first. They come with their buckets and the volunteers help to load them with weights. For each person in their family the participant… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 6:25am — No Comments

Imagine4: Happy Water Day!

On Water Day 2020, as the sun rises, EVOKE agents all over the developed world are setting up wells. The wells are huge stands in the centers of towns where volunteers wait with different sized weights. Hundreds of thousands of people who have running water in their houses are going to use the wells today.



As the sun rises a few adventurous souls arrive first. They come with their buckets and the volunteers help to load them with weights. For each person in their family the participant… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 6:23am — No Comments

Learn9: Crisis Management

I picked "How do people react in a pandemic?" as my secret of choice. Almost all the crisis management is based on this first question, since any response takes place after the panic - and if we can learn to moderate that response before it is panic then so much the better.



I really like the comment that the knee-jerk over reaction is often useful. If, before the actual disaster arrives in full-force, people have done some research and are taking precautions then we will be in better… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 2:01am — No Comments

Act10: Season 2 Episode 1

I wrote this with several possible missions and quests in mind. One is a look at dealing with conflict, areas where there is war on some level. Possible missions would be Learn: what conflicts are going on today, but maybe underrepresented in the news; Act: Spread the word of those conflicts. Support an organization that encourages peace.



Something else that I think is important to talk about with social innovation is funding. We cannot fund our work the way that Alchemy did, we need… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Learn10: Questions, Comments and Whatnot

In season two I hope that more on climate change and pollution is included. I think that this season had a good handle on people related crises, but less on environmental subjects - or rather subjects were approached with the view of bettering human's lives, which can feel limited since we share the planet. It would be nice to see a continuation on all of the issues discussed here.



I think a specific place to build a community would be neat. Africa was a broad region to encompass in… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 12, 2010 at 12:07am — No Comments

Imagine10: A Manifesto

The purpose of the EVOKE network is to be a mobile and independent team of international crisis-solvers. We are the opposite of terrorists; through using small task forces we spread hope, imagination, and a sense of security, self-empowerment and well-being. By keeping our forces small and our objectives specific, we are able to achieve what large and unwieldy institutions are unable to.



Some of the crises taken on by the EVOKE network are disasters which strike quickly, while others… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on May 10, 2010 at 1:25am — No Comments

KIVA - Act5

I've known about Kiva for awhile, but in catching up with my EVOKE missions I had an excellent reason to finally get involved. Joining the EVOKE team was also inspiring. One point of Kiva is that every little bit helps, but it's nice to be part of a slightly larger small piece.



I made my first loan to a group in Cambodia:



http://www.kiva.org/lend/195342



I went to Cambodia painfully briefly three years ago. There's so much… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 28, 2010 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

Learn5: The Future of Money

So the alternate currency I want to talk about it the Time Bank. The currency is in Time Dollars and it trades one hour of work for another hour of work.



It's a neat idea meant to strengthen the community as well as present a new currency. See if there is one near you!



http://www.timebanks.org/



I don't know how grand a scale this can work on, and I think it would take some work to have it expand beyond a local level. It also… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 27, 2010 at 6:24pm — 4 Comments

World Peace Day, 2020 - Imagine3

The field is perfectly black. The only light comes from the densely scattered stars. Without ground lights they shine with surprising intensity for those of us used to streetlights or even headlights. A murmur goes through the crowd as they shift on their feet. It's a bit chilly - this November has been mild, but outside at night the cold can enter your bones. The sounds of the river come clearly through the air.



Somewhere on the next hill a light appears. In a moment a string of them… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 27, 2010 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments

Saving the World

EVOKE has gotten me thinking about a number of issues to do with saving the world and social innovation, and it's opened some basic questions. I'd like to see what you come up with, dear agents.



Is it possible to save the world? Have we gone too far? Are there enough people that want the world to be a better place to make it so?



What would be the "win" conditions?



Is it the world that needs to be saved, or are we talking about saving the human race? (i. e. I think one… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 27, 2010 at 12:03am — No Comments

The Law of Unintended Consequences - Learn8

For my Learn8 I picked TOGA: The Green Pharmacy:



http://srdis.ciesin.org/cases/indonesia-001.html



This case study describes a village persevering in finding plants that will survive in their poor soil. They ended up with a group of plants called TOGA, family medicinal herbs, which includes turmeric, lemon grass and mangosteen.



There are a few lessons here that I like. The first is keeping in mind the… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 23, 2010 at 1:10am — No Comments

Act2, Phase 2

So, in my first blog on Act 2 I got the supplies to make a mini garden.



http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/act2-a-beginning



And here we are getting into phase two, so to speak. The beginning:





The middle:

and the end:





There are lettuce… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 14, 2010 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Another Update on Act1

So in Act 1, I followed Patrick Rothfuss. He's a fantasy novelist and raises a lot of money for Heifer International. More info here:



http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/act1-unorthodox-but-here-we-go



And in my first update I said I was going to hear him speak:…



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Added by Hanna Brady on April 9, 2010 at 1:23am — No Comments

Imagine 2, Life in Variant





My father made the round table tall enough for him to sit comfortably at. Our family is small, and so we can all sit here together. The house is different, a little smaller than the one I grew up in, but the yard is larger. My mom’s had time to get a vegetable garden going, but she never was very good at growing delicate plants, so we have lots of strawberries and peas, but we had to get the lettuce from the farmer’s market. The day is warm and the windows are…

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Added by Hanna Brady on April 9, 2010 at 1:14am — No Comments

Learn2 Sustainable Gardening in Cleveland and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

So I finally had time to come back to Evoke today, and I got a good look at how much I have to do to catch up. It is a rather hefty task. But I have to start somewhere.



I live in the US, North Eastern Ohio, and the food security here is very good. Poverty, more than food scarcity, is what threatens our food security, I think. That said, there are always things that can be improved, and plenty of neat projects.



On the national scale the US senate just passed the… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on April 7, 2010 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

Act2: A beginning

So, this is not a complete mission yet for me, but I am working on it. Damian and I are making a mobile garden. We have seeds and soil and a long pot (sort of like a giant flowerbox), we are researching when to plant and what and when the last frost date is for the area (mid-may) and enjoying the awesome amount of knowledge available on EVOKE.



This mission has been interesting. I miss my mother's garden, and I love naming… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on March 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Creativity and Children

I would like to introduce you all to Axe Cop:



http://www.axecop.com/



Axe Cop is a comic, written and illustrated by brothers. The writer just turned six years old, and his twenty-nine year old brother does the illustrations.



In Learn 1 a lot of people talked about the importance of maintaining an almost child-like openness to creativity. And I think that for those of us that do not have to deal with kids on a daily basis it is… Continue

Added by Hanna Brady on March 16, 2010 at 12:24am — 2 Comments

Help RoseLeaf Start: Microlending and Mentorship for Women

A friend of mine is working to start a network to support women entrepreneurs with micro-lending and mentorship programs. She needs people to take a look at her wiki and give constructive criticism before 5pm EST.

Mini-EVOKE!

http://www.citizenact.com/wikis/wiki_ral616.php

Added by Hanna Brady on March 12, 2010 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

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Stinging Nettle

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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