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UrgentEvoke Clinic #1 – About EVOKATIONs: 2nd May 2010 (Transcript)

Well everybody, I apologise for the time it's taken me to get this thing out... you'll understand when you read it!

I've uploaded the neat and polished transcript as an MSWord 2007 Doc**ent so people can just download it directly: http://www.filefront.com/16418347/

Added by Simon Spencer on May 11, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My Evokation - Portable Helical Watermills

1. The Place – where will you make a difference? Describe the institution, community, town or other geographic or virtual space in which you will focus your efforts.

Although my business may be based on the University of Portsmouth’s business campus, I truly want to develop my project in one of the most difficult places in theworld: the Third World. While the majority of us have lived…

Added by Simon Spencer on May 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

UK EVOKists - Enterprise Business Challenge 2010

I'm not sure whether this is open to everyone but certainly is for uk residents. Since february I've been following a competition that multi-million business entrepeneur Peter Jones has been planning to do to offer funding for new, innovative products.

This will be similar to a "Dragons' Den"-style atmosphere -- if you don't know what that is, click here -- so people will need a… Continue

Added by Simon Spencer on May 1, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

Preserve The World for our Successors

The year is 2082. If we’ve done our job we will have not poached the oceans, rainforests and arctic wastes for the raw materials we need; building self-sustained arcologies, vessels and space stations throughout the Solar System that have thrived into vast communities, not divided by faiths, cultures or ideologies and instead unified. However, this will not be possible without hardship, collective effort and, above all else, hindsight...

I think the most important secret is to not… Continue

Added by Simon Spencer on April 22, 2010 at 4:23am — No Comments

Without a drop to drink

I think the best idea for an event would be to demonstrate how much water is available to the developing countries compared to the Third World.

This would be in the form of a 15ft-high ice sculpture of a drop of water emerging from a hand pump – the purpose of the experiment would show how quickly the amount of water that the sculpture was made of was consumed by people at the exhibition. At the start of the day this sculpture would form part of a photo shoot, before it…

Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Keeping Water Clean

It was a few months ago I became aware of the Waterkeepers Alliance during a convention with Amanda Tapping. Basically they are a global initiative that supports the prevention of natural and man-made water pollution. Their goal is to protect existing water supplies, and reach out to global organisations to support access to clean water and purify polluted sources.

I don’t currently donate to them because of my own lack of paid employment,…

Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pumping life back into Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has suffered badly in the last few years. With the war that lasted over a decade from 1991 to 2002, it caused a dramatic shift in resource management in the area. There are huge bodies of water, but the majority of it is either inaccessible because of the terrain, or deeply contaminated. Large numbers of hand pumps are also broken, and “wells” are usually just pits of ground where the water breaks open to the surface.…


Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Holidays in an Arcology

I’m not a religious person anymore (much to the disappointment of my parents), but I still do partake in Birthdays, Christmas and Anniversaries –hey, presents and special events!

Assuming that my earlier story comes true with me having a daughter, Molly, I will be celebrating her fifth birthday as well as the midpoint of her final year at primary school. Getting older is always fun as you are interested to new friends (and rivals), as well as learning lots of new things…

Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A better Pull Cord Generator


was thinking about how Pull Cord Generators (PCGs) provide power generation to recharge a mobile phone. At the same time, however, I came to realise a system was needed that didn’t just make more

power. In developing countries and for those who’ve suffered a natural disaster, sometimes the benefit of “all in one” solution can be better over the medium to long-term than a device that just makes power.…


Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 7:17pm — 1 Comment

Hockerton Housing Project

In Nottingham the Hockerton Housing Project has been in use for many years to create a self-sustaining,renewable community – presently with five houses of residents and their families working at the facilities. The HHP is not just a living space, but also a renewable community where everyone works together to help develop building plans for technologies and sustainable living in other parts of the country.

The project was completed…

Added by Simon Spencer on April 20, 2010 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Grilled North African Salmon with Mashed Potatoes

I've was reminded of something really interesting I found a couple of years ago after doing an inland tour of Alaska. Salmon is the most common food in the area and, depending on which part of it you're visiting, the flavour of the fish will change due to the environmental conditions it has lived in...…


Added by Simon Spencer on April 1, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Inhabitat is my role model

My role model for Social Innovation is a website called Inhabitat:


It's not technically a site like this where people can share ideas; more a place where sustainability and technology news related to Climate Change is reported. However, they do have a Q&A session where people can ask questions, comments where the topics can be discussed and sometimes live, video… Continue

Added by Simon Spencer on March 31, 2010 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

Farming in a Concrete Jungle

At first I wouldn’t have believed that my area will suffer from a food shortage in present years, but the future can sometimes be a harbinger of terrible things. Given where I live it’s extremely difficult to imagine a place without food where I’m surrounded by an abundance of farmland and woods, let alone an age where we would run out of food.

However, if you take into account the immense numbers of people becoming dependent on areas like mine, once their own food supplies have been… Continue

Added by Simon Spencer on March 28, 2010 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

From Dust to Dreams

It feels like so long ago since I graduated from university to make games.

My first memory of the beginning is a much simpler time; when the world began its mission to support the environment instead of destroying it day after day. As the rain begins to fall here in the New Rhacotian Plain, I can remember when I realised that my talents were better spent elsewhere. It was 2010 as the Global Recession still infiltrated every corner of society, impacting the interests of both top… Continue

Added by Simon Spencer on March 26, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Developing for the less-fortunate

To most people an assignment like this sounds really simple. Choose a favourite secret of social innovation and make it your own. With so much at stake I think it’s important to examine one’s own strengths and weaknesses before answering such a question so, as a result, I don’t have a favourite secret... I have several favourites.

1) Innovate on existing platforms –…

Added by Simon Spencer on March 26, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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