I´m from an nice little town in the middle of Germany with 125.000 inhabitants, Göttingen. Normally everythings nice and quiet here, but there have been some events in the last few years that were a bit disturbing.
The thing is that Göttingen is a center of radical left wing activism, which sometimes is militant and violent.
Just recently we had a small bomb attack at a local government building. It was nothing big and nothing lethal, but it was still an act of political violence… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on April 16, 2010 at 6:30pm —
This article talks about the importance of women in rural communities.
Given the fact that they often are the chief executives of their areas and that on a global scale women cultivate more than half of the food that is grown on the earth it is astonishing that they are overlooked by most development strategies.
Even though there is the third millenium goal that sets the goal of promoting gender equality and empowering woman and several conferences held by the UN (e.g. one in… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on April 13, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Bambali is a German website on which people can trade goods against goods of approximately the same value.
The project was started in 2004 and has since become very successful. One can trade everything on bambali no matter wether it´s goods or services.
If one decides to trade something it is possible to trade either directly good or service against good or service or via the virtual currency "Bam".
This currency can be saved on a virtual account until it… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on April 8, 2010 at 8:25pm —
What I read about Mahila Milan reminded me very much of one part of the social work I´ll be doing for one year in La Paz. I´ll be working with shoeblacks helping them in every way I can. One of the biggest parts of the project is about saving money.
Those people are too poor to open a bank account on their own, no bank would let them. Often they don´t even have passports so that it is absolutely impossible to save money in a bank.
Instead they can give the money they want to save… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on April 8, 2010 at 7:47pm —
On water day 2020 one central street in many major cities all over the world will be transformed for one day. Everyone who lives or works on the street agreed to show his water meter and project it on the outside of his house. The technology is provided by the organizators of this event.
People walking down the street will be informed exactly about the amount of water that has been used in every house. At both ends of the street or at a central point there will be a big counter where all… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on April 1, 2010 at 10:15am —
Right now we´re using the electricity bikes produce when they are moved to power the lights on them.
That only makes sense when it´s dark or foggy, to make it short, only when we need the lights. What if one would build a device for bikes that works like a battery charger.
Everytime we ride our bike and electricity is generated we can choose wether we need it to power our lights on the bike or store the energy in a battery.
Probably the easiest way to use this in… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 26, 2010 at 11:20am —
I joined up with the Viva con Agua support network. So they´ll Email me when there´s a Viva con Agua event near my hometown or if they need me on festivals etc.
That way I can do my part in raising money and awareness for their projects.
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 25, 2010 at 3:35pm —
Viva con Agua is a German organization helping building up projects in Africa which help many people to gain access to drinkable water.
A very creative approach to get money for that is the following:
They go to festivals and collect the water cups people are buying on the festival grounds.… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 25, 2010 at 11:45am —
I just stumbled upon this very unique and simple technology that makes good water filters available to everyone. It was developed by Michael Pritchard.This sounds to me like a very good solution for many parts of the world with water problems. The technology is cheap and easy to use. It needs no installing and no electricity.
and a… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 25, 2010 at 11:32am —
That is the title of the concert that has been organized to raise awareness of new power sources. Of course there are some bands playing over the course of the 3 day festival, but that´s not what it is all about.
Only half of the festival area is used for music, the other half is hosting the so called "energy park" where the visitors can try out new sources of energy. There are the old "classics" such as solar cells and windmills, but also some new inventions such as kites producing energy… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 23, 2010 at 3:32pm —
It´s christmas 2020 and as always we´re spending it at my grandmothers, who is living on a farm in a very rural area. We are all participating in the new campaign that was started by the government and various NGOs "Think Globally; Eat Locally". That obligates us only to eat food that was produced in an area 15km around our hometown.
So long before christmas we planned carefully what we wanted to eat, so that we could get the ingredients or grow them ourselves.
Even though my… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 23, 2010 at 11:00am —
Given that I´m living in the country with the 4th largest economy of the world we don´t have a problem with food shortage but with the distribution of food. It happens way to often that people are to poor to buy healthy and good food. Especially many of those who have to rely on state aid to survive can´t afford a good nutrition.
On the other side much of the food that is thrown away especially by supermarkets and other food producers / distributors is still eatable and got only thrown away… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 22, 2010 at 3:57pm —
In 2020 I will have completed law school and I´ll be an expert in international law. Just a year ago I got a job at thee prosecution of the ICC. With that work I help to convict criminals who started genocides or other crimes against humanity.
With that work I help societies that were struck by civil war and are more or less destroyed to rebuild themselves. Because with justice beeing brought to the murderers of the old regime, the country can´t start over again.
The job can be… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 22, 2010 at 11:30am —
Once in a while I listen to a talk about some random topic on www.ted.com
. This page features more than 600 talks about almost all topics you can imagine and it´s also the reason I play this game, because a developer promoted it in a talk.
One of the first talks I saw was on new statistics about Africa by Hans Rosling, who is the hero I choose to follow. Why?
I think knowledge is crucial for any social innovation project. If you don´t know… Continue
Added by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 22, 2010 at 7:00am —
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