Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

Patrick Neumann's Blog (13)

Plant for the planet - Felix Finkbeiner

My hero is Felix Finkbeiner. He is still is a kid but knows of the importance of fighting against certain problems in the world (like the climate change). I admire him for his doings!

For more information see:


Added by Patrick Neumann on July 2, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

EVOKE v2 - Episode 1



Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Chinese proverb



Several children are playing basketball on the street. The court is somewhere in the slums of Quezon City/Manila, Philippines. They seem to have fun. The sun sets and the moon already rises above the city. Next to the court, a large group of people is watching a cockfight. They are whooping and screaming at the…


Added by Patrick Neumann on July 2, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments


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

I would try to tackle the problems concerning the education and schooling of children. Millions of children all over the world don't get an appropriate education. Be it "easy" things like reading, writing, listening or speaking or more specialized things like stuyding. Children don't get the chance to learn. As it is very difficult to escape this desperate situation fully on your own, most of them rest…


Added by Patrick Neumann on July 2, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

The power of the media

I read the article "Covering risk". I was kind of surprised about what I read. I mean, after I read it, it all seemed logical and comprehensible to me, but I never really was conscious about how "easily" people's perception of something is influenceable by journalists and the media in general. For example, the words you choose to describe the current situation make a huge difference and are from enormous importance. Here is a classic example:

If you say a pandemic could kill…

Added by Patrick Neumann on June 25, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

Sometimes changed are needed

I chose the case study "Involving fishing communities in marine protected area development: The establishment of marine reserves in Negros Oriental, Philippines" which is about a project that has the aim "to protect selected parts of the coral reefs in order to allow over-exploited economically important food-fish stocks to recover".

As the Philippines are an archipelago (about 7.107 islands), it is surrounded by lots of coral reefs. Approximately two million Filipinos are dependent on…


Added by Patrick Neumann on June 18, 2012 at 10:06am — No Comments

Life in 2020

In ten years, I hope I have nice job which is well-paid but also makes a lot of fun. I don't want to be a top manager, but I want to earn enough money to enable my family a life free from (financial) worries. Of course, I hope my wh*** family will still be healthy. Health is the most valuable thing in life.

I live together with my wife and my two children, a boy and a girl who were just born (but no twins ;)), in a beautiful town in either Germany (e.g. Hamburg, Munich) or Australia…


Added by Patrick Neumann on June 14, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

Ushahidi - a great help for future crises

I think, for my town, Braunschweig/Germany, an information system like Ushahidi is not that necessary. Of course, it would be a "nice thing to have", but as I tried to think about something that is most likely to happen here (natural disaster, food shortages, power outages, political crises, health outbreaks, other social disruptions), I came to the decision that none of it has a high probability of occurring here in the next years. Our region is quite safe concerning natural…


Added by Patrick Neumann on June 11, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Fight against child marriage

I chose a story about child marriage in Pakistan. Unfortunately, child marriage is still common in countries like Pakistan. Almost 25% of the girls get married before they turn 18. Families decide to marry their girls "as a reasonable response to the economic and psychological stresses of flood-related displacement and loss of livelihood, and a way to reduce the future burden of the family".

That's why the organization PLaCES (Protective Learning and Community Emergency Services) has…


Added by Patrick Neumann on June 4, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Near Field Communication

I chose the NFC (Near Field Communication) technology as a creative solution for the future. This is not really an "experiment" anymore, since it already is an international standard for contactless exchange of data, e.g. the payment process. However, it is not yet that popular and widely spread, why I think this technology will have its impact in the near future…


Added by Patrick Neumann on May 28, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Return to gravity assisted power

Nearly two thirds of the earth are covered with water. As about 97% of the water is salt water, there's only a relative small amount of water which is drinkable for the human population. In addition, the United Nations say that "more people die and suffer from the lack of access to safe drinking water and to basic sanitation than from war" which also underlines the enormous importance of fighting against the water scarcity of which millions of people are affected.…


Added by Patrick Neumann on May 21, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments

"You party like you always do, but here it will be better for the earth."

I chose the Dutch nightclub "Club Watt" in Rotterdam which is one of the first or maybe even the first sustainable nightclub in the world. The special thing about it is, that every step and every movement of the people dancing produces energy which is transformed into electricity (due to the piezoelectric effect). This electricity is used to power the light show which mainly consists of LEDs or low-energy bulbs. In Addition, the toilet flushing is done with rainwater and the guests are…


Added by Patrick Neumann on May 14, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Improve food consciousness

In my place (Germany), food security probably is also not totally given, but much more than in other parts of the world (e.g. Africa, Asia) at least. Normally, nobody has to die here because of starvation or famine. Consequently, it seems like there is already an existing system against hunger which is working pretty well. For example, there is the aid organisation "Die Tafeln" which provides food to poor people for a reduced price or even for free. The food they provide is not from less…


Added by Patrick Neumann on May 7, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

My "top secrets" of social innovation

First of all, I think it is pretty difficult or even impossible to choose one secret as the solution for the improvement of social innovation. The problem is a lot too big and too complex to be solved by just one (even if great) idea or concept.

However, I picked four of the secrets as my favorites:

1) "What you have matters more than what you lack" by Ethan Zuckerman -

That was one of my favorite statements from the first time I read it. The essence is…


Added by Patrick Neumann on April 30, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Latest Activity

N updated their profile
Sep 25, 2020
Sophie C. commented on Asger Jon Vistisen's blog post Stinging Nettle
"I love that you've brought this to attention. An extensive database of uncommon but resistant and hardy plants/foods could be developed and organized by climate. Ease of growth and processing should also be taken in to account. I will try to…"
Aug 19, 2020
Meghan Mulvey posted a blog post

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
Jul 6, 2020
Asger Jon Vistisen posted a blog post

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
Apr 13, 2020
Jonathon McCallum posted a blog post

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
Mar 10, 2020
Jean Paul Galea shared a profile on Facebook
Mar 1, 2020
Kevin posted a blog post


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
Jan 1, 2020
Namwaka Mooto posted blog posts
Jan 13, 2016
T D updated their profile
Sep 3, 2015
Brook Warner posted blog posts
Aug 25, 2015
Santiago Vega posted blog posts
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega commented on Santiago Vega's blog post Act 8
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega posted photos
May 5, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted blog posts
May 2, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted a photo

public servants

The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.
May 2, 2015
Brian Hurley posted blog posts
May 2, 2015

Follow EVOKE on Twitter

Official EVOKE Facebook Page

EVOKE RSS Activity Feed

© 2022   Created by Alchemy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service