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Evokation: Gratitude Gardens

Gratitude Gardens: Discovering Our Global Heritage

The Gratitude Gardens is a global collaborative…


Added by Nick Heyming on August 10, 2010 at 12:27am — 3 Comments

Act 9, Dark Site


Here is the site I designed. I'd like to do more with it. I've actually created networking sites for volunteers after disasters, such as Hurricane Camp for alumni of Hands On Disaster Response in Mississippi after Katrina, and helped…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 17, 2010 at 2:08am — No Comments

Act 8, Indigenous Knowledge

I've left this mission till almost last, because traditionally I'm not much of a maker. A doer, yes, but my carpentry, pottery, woodsmithing, and metalworking skills are all sub-par. The best thing I can do is build a computer from component parts, or grow plants.

Building a computer didn't seem like an appropriate way of representing indigenous technology, but maybe growing a plant would. Obviously a plant itself isn't durable, but a pot sure is!

So I took one of our nicer… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 17, 2010 at 1:38am — 1 Comment

"Third World" Farmer

Have any of you ever played the game 3rd World Farmer? Its a little game someone made "to make you think". In it, you play a poor African family with a few bucks, a barren patch of land, and four options for what to grow (not counting livestock). Your goal is to get "educated", buy off a politician, make money, get a cell phone, and buy a bunch of machines and livestock.

And "make you think". Thats why they made the game. Want to know what I… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 15, 2010 at 7:59am — 7 Comments

EVOKATION: Gratitude Garden Outline

The Place:

The Gratitude Gardens will be a global network, so much of the 'place' will be virtual. We have already registered www.gratitudegardens.org, and that will be the location for our online network. This network will be free to use, and will provide mapping functionality for sharing locations, links to resources organized…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 14, 2010 at 9:35pm — 22 Comments

Imagine 10, Evoke Manifesto

What are the goals of the network? How does it work?
  • The goals are simple: Tackle global problems using the best and brightest young minds. It works because young and old people are willing to participate in exchange for meeting other people around the world interested in similar topics and using a rating system to sort through all the content.

Who are the members? Why do they join?
  • The members are people from all countries, all backgrounds, all ages. They join…

Added by Nick Heyming on May 14, 2010 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Act 10, First Episode Evoke Season 2

Setting: The headwaters of the Amazon on the borders of Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil.

A young girl, maybe 8 or 9 years old, paddles a canoe downstream with her grandfather. She sees a harpy eagle overhead.

"Grandpa, whats that?'

Her grandfather replies, "That, my daughter, is the mighty arpia. It rules the skies and patrols the Madre de Dios river."

Next panel.

Their canoe rounds a bend. They come upon a huge… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 14, 2010 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Learn 10

WHICH great challenges and social problems should the EVOKE Network tackle next?

  • Waste disposal, green manufacturing, transportation, nutrition, medicine vs. health, education in an age of distraction

WHERE in the world should the network try to build up new EVOKE communities?

  • Schools. Get a version of Evoke in classrooms, on college campuses, and into corporate board rooms as they discuss corporate social…

Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Imagine 9, Pandemic without the Panic

Its 2011. Our worst fears have been realized, the H1N1 and H5N1 flus have mutated and combined, creating the deadliest outbreak in 100 years. Our global transportation grid has worsened the situation, causing it to spread like wildfire before anyone can stem the tide of infections.

Here in Southern California, a small group of citizens has taken action to mitigate this disaster. Knowing that the biggest danger to those infected is dehydration…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment

Learn 9, Crisis Communication

When I read the title, I thought, "Awesome, I got this one!". I've got so much to say about crisis communication, as I experienced firsthand what happens when it is deficient or breaks down after the tsunami in Thailand and Hurricane Katrina.

Then I read the article on the five secrets of crisis communication, and it was both boring and just about how irresponsibly the press inflate the risk of pandemics and cause panics. Which is obvious, and not what I can offer any insight…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Imagine 8, Me at 100

Gather around grand-children, I'd like to tell you a story.

Many years ago, when I was your age, the world was very different. We used to think that man and our environment were separate. We glorified mankind, thinking we were chosen by God to hold dominion over the earth. We were right on one count. We dominated the planet.…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 10:25pm — 5 Comments

Learn 8, Indigenous Knowledge of Oaxaca

From Kivu:


After bitter struggles with official associations of physicians, traditional medicine people, mostly women, finally were able to organize joint meetings in which they shared their experiences and set…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Imagine 7, Riverside Urban Resilience in 2020

Here is my map of Riverside's Urban Resilience plan for 2020. Fortunately, there is already alot of progress towards this with Riverside's Green Action Plan. With enough partners, there will be Gratitude Gardens and Resourceful Gardens all across…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Act 7, Urban Resilience

Well, I checked for a resilience plan, a disaster plan, and a green plan for my city. I already knew we had the last two, but from my searches I was unable to find a resilience plan. The disaster plan is pretty comprehensive:

Riverside Disaster Plan.

Our Green Action Plan (or Emerald City… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 5:51am — 1 Comment

Learn 7, Urban Resilience

  • What are the most likely natural disasters, food shortages, power outages, political crises, health outbreaks, or other social disruptions that YOU should be prepared to face with resilience?

    Pick one.
I live in Southern California, so the most likely crisis for us to face is an earthquake with the associated transportation, power, and water infrastructure damage.

  • What different kinds of data would you track in the crisis?
For disaster relief… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 13, 2010 at 4:52am — 2 Comments

Imagine 6, Ladies of the Future

The shaking of the plane stops as we descend out of a huge bank of clouds, rapidly approaching the tiny runway that is a strip of grey in a sea of green. The tiny airport at Puerto Maldonado doesn’t look any different from when I came here ten years ago, but the jungle surrounding it definitely does. Healthier, more vibrant.

I came here over a dozen years ago to help empower the local youth to reimagine their communities. We also learned about…


Added by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Act 6, Organic Seed Saving in Nepal for Women

Of all the projects I saw on Global Giving, the one to support Nepalese women in rediscovering organic agriculture techniques appeals to me the most. I feel like this is a global issue: in the last 50 years, the so called "Green Revolution" has meant that billions of people have forgotten how to employ locally appropriate, sustainable farming practices.

I posted it to my facebook, and will… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Learn 6, Women Watch

I read an article about UN buying generators for women in Burkina Faso so that they can save dozens of hours a week that they spend pounding rice and other grain by hand.

I have two different opinions on it. On one hand, I totally support freeing women from menial tasks so they can reprioritize and devote their time to other tasks. On the other hand, I wish that it wasn't just introducing fossil fuel… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

Imagine 5, Real Money

Its January 1st, 2020, and a revolution is quietly happening around the world. Local, reserve currencies, backed by grain and other stored food reserves, have finally been opened in every country on earth. The "Real Money Bank", a not for profit dedicated to starting local reserve currency banks across the globe, has finally realized its goal of providing access to "Real Money" for all the world's peoples.

It wasn't easy. At first, all the national banks and federal reserves opposed… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Act 5, Micro-loan

I've heard about micro-finance and admired organizations like Kiva that make it accessible across the globe, but never actually participated in it. When I read about Act 5, my initial desire was to participate in a time bank, but unfortunately none currently exist in my neighborhood. So I figured I should try to do a micro-loan, and see how that goes.

I logged into Kiva and browsed through ten pages of entrepreneurs. Many of them were getting into retail and animal sales, or cosmetics… Continue

Added by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 5:29pm — 7 Comments

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Fourth of July on the Lake

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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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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The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
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FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
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