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Imagine 5

This new bank keeps track of goods and skills offered to receive those goods. A person is able to "deposit" the skills used to help neighbors in their community and in return, the person can "withdraw" goods that are needed for the week. For example, a person cut and styled another individual's hair. That counts as a deposit into the bank and can be exchanged for food or yard work that needs to be done. This bank controls the amount of goods withdrawn from the bank in order to protect from… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on June 1, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

Act 5

Recently, a friend of mine was going to their cousin's graduation party. My friend wanted to bring a really great cheesecake dessert, but didn't know how to make one. I taught him how to make the cheesecake from scratch in time for his cousin's party. In exchange for helping him, he taught me how to change a tire on my bike. I'm participating in a century ride in September and it would be beneficial to know how to change a tire in case I need to. This way, my friend didn't have to go buy a cake… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on June 1, 2011 at 5:49am — No Comments

Learn 5

I think the greatest impact on the future of money is to trade skills rather than currency. I think if people had genuine interest in helping each other out, communities would benefit from trading skill sets. For example, a baker could trade fresh bread with a gardener who tends to their yard. This type of trade would provide an incentive to work together to lower costs for each other.

Added by Shelly Yichoy on June 1, 2011 at 5:37am — No Comments

Imagine 4

The way I would bring attention to the world's water crisis would be to stock my university's vending machines with empty water bottles. The empty bottles could be taken from a recycling center nearby. This way, the magnitude of the water crisis would have an effect on students in the states. We cannot even comprehend the idea of not having water available whenever we so desire. The shortage on campus could inspire students to create a new innovation that could enhance the availability of water… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

Act 4

I found a program called World Water Corps through the Water for People organization website. The WWC actually goes out into the field where water is most needed and determines the needs of the communities without water. The volunteers for WWC actually play a huge role in the Water for People organization. These are the people who bring the data and information to the public, NGOs, donors, etc. The WWC is always looking for volunteers. Applications are online and include many destinations all… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Learn 4

I like the Water 1st International organization. Their main goal is to provide communities with clean water. In doing this, disease will not be spread at easily. Many females have the job of retrieving clean water for their families. With the accessibility of clean water, women can go back to school and continue their education. The aim of this organization is to implement a sustainable water supply and sanitation projects that will enhance overall health.

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

Imagine 3

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. In 2020, my wh*** house will be powered by solar panels. All appliances within my house will be powered by some sort of alternate energy efficient source. I will have a solar powered greenhouse to grow vegetables in, as well. When it is time to roast the turkey, it will be done old school style over a fire. Any physical activites such as playing soccer or baseball can be another source of energy used for later. I have faith that in the future, the use of… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

Act 3

I am a pretty active person and I like to go to the gym and ride my bike outdoors. I think if we could harness the energy exerted during exercise, that could be an alternative to using outlets to charge phones, ipods, etc. Mostly small household items or portable items could be charged. Those who use cycle machines, weight machines, ellipticals, etc. could benefit in more than one way from exercising. Energy bills could be much lower and a lesser impact on the environment all while toning and… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

Learn 3

There is a factory in Fremont called Solyndra that manufactures solar panels for energy efficiency. The factory also uses greenhouses that are made with Solyndra panels. The solar panels for the greenhouses have been shown to use much less energy and are cost efficient. The panels can be installed quickly and have a long life span of 20+ years. Cool rooftops are also manufactured at this factory. These roofs are all white for a specific reason. A cool roof reduces the use of air conditioners… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on May 11, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments


Nine years from now, I'll be eating dinner with my husband at home. We buy all of our food from farmers markets to support the local economy and to make sure all of our food is fresh and pesticide/chemical free. Our meal will consist of a lot of vegetables, an adequate amount of meat, and some sort of grain. I believe in eating a well balanced diet to ensure optimal health. However, I do have a sweet tooth, and I don't imagine that will go away anytime soon. I enjoy baking so there will… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 21, 2011 at 5:47pm — No Comments


A way to make food easier to share with others is to organize a group in your neighborhood that collects excess food/donations on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and then deliver it to a local shelter. I think many people are willing to help the community, but many are too lazy to put the time in. Organizing a group in your neighborhood will make donating easier and more consistent for those who feel their lives are too busy to put in the time. Group members can assign certain weeks or months where… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 21, 2011 at 5:40pm — No Comments


The biggest issue with food security is being able to afford fresh foods. There is a huge population in the United States that is living in poverty. Often times, families with low incomes must resort to cheap fast food as their primary source of food. Most people don't realize that fresh food is available at a cheap price. Farmer's Markets are located in every city and are easily accessable to the public. Other families cannot even afford to feed every member of their family and must sacrifice… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 21, 2011 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment


In 2020, I will be 31. By this time, I imagine I will be working at a job I love that is also beneficial to society. I imagine that exactly 9 years from today will be any ordinary day. Go to work, spend time with the people I love, and make time for some sort of activity (i.e. out to dinner, gym session, etc.). If I would get called upon for the Tokyo food crisis, I would probably implement the basics of farming again. It would take a long time to reverse, but our lands are contaminated from… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 21, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments


I chose Bart Weetjens as my hero. He is the founder of HeroRAT which is an organization that is dedicated to clearing land mines in Tanzania. His organization trains rats to sniff out mines in the fields so they can be diffused and removed from the land. Dogs were primarily used for this operation, but Weetjens realized that rats are more efficient. Rats are a better tool for sniffing out these land mines because they are lighter (less chance of setting off a mine), cheaper to maintain, and are… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 21, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments


One of the more important secrets, in my opinion, was the "don't fight the culture" tip. It's important to be respectful of the culture we are attempting to help. If we barge into their territory and begin telling them how to "improve" their lives, it is likely that help will be rejected because we will come off as controlling. I think it is most important to approach the culture we are looking to help through their eyes and their understanding. This is the best way to establish a good and… Continue

Added by Shelly Yichoy on April 20, 2011 at 10:40pm — No Comments

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