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Gong Hao! Evokation

Capacity-building in Africa by moving educator/entrepreneur to Africa with capital and project, to create jobs and provide training in open-source collaborative systems.



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Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 17, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Resources for Evokations

I've been looking at other people's plans to try and get good ideas about PRESENTING my own plan, and I wanted to share a few resources with the community.



There's an awful amount of passion on show at Evoke, and some of the Evokations look amazing. But many are also a bit 'one-sided' in that they focus on the problem rather than the strategy for solving it and what you can contribute. They're all about what we need (in order to solve… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 16, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Gamers, teachers, I need your ideas

I'd like your opinions about motivation, especially as regards Evoke. I've seen some posts about the gameplay aspect of this site, and some posts about teaching, but not seen the two groups talking very much.



I used to work in sales, now I'm a teacher, and I'm participating in Evoke after seeing Jane's TED speech about using games to teach people. I use stuff like… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 15, 2010 at 2:41am — 24 Comments

Resistance is Useless

This is a story I wrote a couple of years ago, copied here for the benefit of anyone dealing with impossible demands.



One of my students told me something wonderful last night, and I want to share it with the world.



It has to do with the power of positive thinking, improvised comedy, success in our endeavours, an advertising slogan used by a famous sportswear company, and the ritual humiliation of English teachers in high schools. It may also be relevant to…

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Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

I just read the rules...

EDIT: This post is now redundant as the rules have been changed. Hallelujah! And thanks to the PTBs for listening....



Thanks for this feedback. Points all well taken. In the spirit of EVOKE -- we listen, learn, adapt and evolve. EVOKATION prizes now open to all

agents of any age. See blog --…



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Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 13, 2010 at 4:30am — 49 Comments

Taipei, City of the Future.

In 2010, Taipei hosted a horticultural festival that saw huge investments in plant life all over the city. In addition to the already leafy main thoroughfares and many city parks, city residents soon noticed that the ever-active construction industry had disappeared behind forests of green. The temporary fences that usually surrounded construction sites were replaced with sturdy frames containing thousands of flowering plants.



Ten years later, as conservation work continued in the… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 12, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Taiwan adopts Kilowatt Hour as currency

Taipei, ROC: Taiwan today became the first jurisdiction in the world to adopt energy as the basic commodity underwriting it's currency.



The New Taiwan Dollar will remain in circulation indefinitely, but from 1 April 2020, electrical energy must be paid for using the new currency, forcing banks to convert all existing customer accounts into multi-currency accounts. Under the scheme, customers can use their debit cards in… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 12, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

My bonsai dolmen, link.

Q: Some problem with the tagging thing. Was my last post too long, or has the thing stopped working? I can't log my evidence.
A: Probably the post was too long. No reward for hard work, is it?

The proper article can be found here - http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/indigenousity-and-my-bonsai

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Welcome to the Evoke Network.

We are a global organisation dedicated to solving the world's global problems. You are joining a network of agents who have taken individual responsibility for saving the world.



At Evoke, we believe in democracy - not the kind of democracy where you vote for someone to take responsibility for your future, but the kind of democracy where every individual counts. We believe it's up to us to make a difference.



Our members are people like you. We come from different backgrounds… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 12, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

My new site has disaster response capabilities

http://ingeniousity.net



The problem with dark sites is that nobody knows they are there until it's too late. And when you find them, you're not familiar with them so they have to follow a fairly simple format - like a brochure. All the information flows in one direction.



My new site, still under development, contains many tools that can be used in an emergency. By cultivating a large member base during normal times, it is possible to build… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 12, 2010 at 12:15am — No Comments

One Laptop Per Taliban

This is just an idea for an Evokation, and as I already have a big one under development, I'm quite happy to see someone take this and make it their own.



Here's the deal: the biggest single problem in some areas of the world is that one particular group has a monopoly on 'the truth' and are able to maintain that monopoly by restricting access to information. In places like Afghanistan, where few people have access to education, religious authority is claimed by people who are free to… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 10, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments

The future is now

I think the first thing the next Evoke needs is clarity. Who is this site for, and what are it's objectives?



As of today, 46% of participants are from the USA - a country which is listed seperately at the top of the 'select a country' thing, so I assume the target market is Americans. This is kind of odd, as the official explanation is:…



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Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 9, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Evokistan - Interactive graphic novels

To be honest, I haven't taken much notice of the comic book stuff on Evoke. When I come to this website, I see a 'panel' and nothing else. All that stuff described in the investigation file is hidden. I have no idea where it is, and didn't even know it existed until today. I don't know who the heroes are, and don't have a lot to contribute in terms of developing a story that has remained hidden to me.



I just checked, and it works in IE, but I use Firefox. If you want me to look at… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 8, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Looking back on my first century

You don't need me to tell you that 'indigenous' doesn't mean anything any more. We're all global citizens these days and national governments don't really matter. We're all free to live anywhere and it's not cool to cling to an ancient identity just because of who your parents were or where they came from. But I'm glad to see that many people today are adopting cultures through the World Heritage Cultural Diversity Project. It still amazes me that today people will sign ten year contracts with… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Fighting the boredom during a pandemic

I regularly have to endure periods of 20-30 hours where I can't really leave home due to typhoon weather. During a pandemic, it is possible that people will have to stay home for many days, even weeks, due to containment measures. (I faced ten days of quarantine during the SARS outbreak.)



In these situations, we start to go 'stir crazy' and desperately need to keep ourselves occupied - especially if we face the threat of dying in agony because of an invisible killer. People need… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 6, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Life during the SARS outbreak in Taiwan

In 2002/3 it looked for a while as if the world was about to end. I was a recent arrival in Taiwan when Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome appeared on the scene, and watched events unfolding with a sense of detachment from reality. It was happening to 'them' but not to me.



In retrospect, that was a pretty stupid attitude to take. But most of us are guilty of denial when faced with threats we can't really comprehend. Disease is an invisible enemy, and until it actually starts affecting… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 5, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Women are not "the other"

All this stuff about empowering women, and especially the encouragement to donate instead of actually doing something is really starting to piss me off.



Gender equality starts at home, with the way we treat each other on a day-to-day basis. True, the laws we pass are a reflection of the prevailing attitudes among the people who make the laws, but in democratic societies at least, the people who make the laws are not required to be bigoted chauvenistic control freaks in order to get… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 5, 2010 at 8:02am — No Comments

Typhoon Morakot huge disaster - result of human stupidity?

While researching this one, I came across a fascinating blog post about a reservoir project in Taiwan that is being blamed for the loss of 500 lives last year.



In short, water is being diverted from one area to another in order to put it in a reservoir. But in doing so, environmental damage is caused that leaves many areas less resilient in the event of major events such as typhoons. Last… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 5, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments

The only currency that matters

The foundation of all modern economies is energy, so it makes sense to me that ultimately money is just a measure of our ability to buy energy. Energy is the ultimate commodity, and the best basis for a global currency.



It has been suggested many times that the Kilowatt-hour will one day be the standard unit of exchange around the world, in the same way that wealth was once measured in gold, or buffaloes. One company is now trying to create this currency, in the form of the Kilowatt… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on May 5, 2010 at 12:54am — No Comments

Ushahidi, an alternative use??

I've been musing this week on the connection between economics, security/resilience, and 'systems'. It suddenly occured to me tonight that Ushahidi is a tool that may be adaptable to enable systems for more efficient economics as well as in response to disasters.



To begin with, you need to see this video about how a systemic failure in Africa resulted in famine even while there was a food surplus - Eleni… Continue

Added by Chris Ke Sihai on April 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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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***tances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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