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The East-West Corner in Kissena Corridor Park Gardens

In 3010, maybe they will remember that we started a garden in the Southeast corner (bottom left in this photograph) of the Kissena Corridor Park Gardens. They will have a big celebration to mark the 100th year of gardening there.

Take a look at our videos from the first weeks of this effort:…


Added by Paul Allison on May 4, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Mass Transit in a Crisis in NYC

No matter what crisis hits NYC the mass transit system will probably shut down. One of the memories I have from 9/11 is that of people walking everywhere. No matter what the crisis, it will stop mass transit. To be resilient, we need to learn to get places without subways and buses and cars. We need a system of bikes and walking paths and other alternatives.

Added by Paul Allison on April 22, 2010 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

What would have to change if everybody rode their bikes to and from work?

Here's a map of my daily commute via bike. It may seem a little crazy, and maybe it is just a coincidence of history, but I've been biking or running to and from work ever since 2002. I started running right after 9/11, slowly increasing my distance until I was able to bike or run quickly enough to… Continue

Added by Paul Allison on April 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

What a way to start EARTH DAY!

Where will you be when Earth Day starts at Zero Hour - Greenwich Mean Time (also known as 9 p.m Eastern / 6 p.m. Pacific USA) ?

We'll be listening to the 2010 Keynote Earthcast speaker, Jason Czarneki at http://earthbridges.net/live.…


Added by Paul Allison on April 21, 2010 at 2:54am — 2 Comments

Day in the Park!

It could be any weekend morning. Everybody is gathered in the park, planting, tending, or harvesting from the community gardens. We are kicking soccer balls, riding bikes, and hitting baseballs, and with each play, a bit of electricity is gathered into thin, large capacity batteries. We take these batteries and put them into lights that allow us to continue playing, planting, and singing late into the night.

Added by Paul Allison on April 7, 2010 at 3:24am — 1 Comment

Generate Power While Riding a Bike

I would like to invent a power generator that would collect into an electric battery some of the energy produced while riding a bike. It would have to be extremely light-weight, easy to attach to the back tire, and aerodynamic. There are a couple of places to start with this idea.

Look closely at this image. This solution has a stationary bike.

The Pedal Power Generator is almost what I'm envisioning. I would love to… Continue

Added by Paul Allison on April 7, 2010 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

Students and Teachers Finding our Missions on Evoke: Rachel Smith and Robin - Teachers Teaching Teachers #192 - 03.17.10

Robin is playing Evoke, and on this podcast he tells us why. Robin is in Paul Allison's English class. He's a tenth Grader at the East-West School for International Studies, and on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, Robin talks about his experiences in the first couple of weeks of playing… Continue

Added by Paul Allison on April 5, 2010 at 12:47am — No Comments

A city teacher learns to eat from local, organic farms

In order to imagine a meal from the future, I'm going to refer to a list presented by two NYC environmental activists, Anhthu Hoang and James Suvudhi, from WE ACT. In the March 24, 2010 Green Times (NYC), they describe their "Top 10" ways for NYC "to reduce GHGs [Green House Gases] and improve the…

Added by Paul Allison on April 4, 2010 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

Inspiring things I'm following up on


Added by Paul Allison on April 4, 2010 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

Permission to Propose a Garden - More Research Needed

It's a small step, but we are making a proposal to the Community Board in which our school is located to plant a garden in the Community Gardens across the street from our school. I'm doing research into it, but I also have to get the proposal written. Here's what I'm studying now:

A Guide to Resources.

I'm also reading, and re-reading Jonathan B. Wallach's and Mariano J.… Continue

Added by Paul Allison on April 2, 2010 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

We're looking to learn about gardening - Any mentors want to help?

Questions for our gardening project

  1. What's good to grow in Flushing, Queens?
  2. How deep does the soil need to be? How deep is our plot of land?
  3. How long does each item that we want to plant take to grow?
  4. How do we control pests?
  5. What tools do we need? Who can we get them from and where?

Possible sources for answers

We can interview or do research with or…


Added by Paul Allison on March 24, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Still Teaching, Still Learning

When I get Alchemy's call, I'll be working with students at the East-West School of International Studies in Flushing, Queens, where I will have been teaching for the past dozen years. I love this place, especially after the state gave us that waiver from testing, and we eliminated subject areas and age divisions between students. When the call comes in my students, ages 11 - 18, will be working on wall-sized multi-touch screens, the kind that Jeff… Continue

Added by Paul Allison on March 16, 2010 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

I spent my wh*** Saturday morning, today (3/13/2010) working with 5 of the best educators I know. We're bringing gaming into the classroom. Once Suzie Boss pointed me to Jane McGonigal, I became a fo…

I spent my wh*** Saturday morning, today (3/13/2010) working with 5 of the

best educators I know. We're bringing gaming into the classroom. Once Suzie Boss pointed me to Jane McGonigal, I became a follower. So yeah, can I follow McGonigal for Act1 in Evoke? Why not? After all she says things like this:

"In "EVOKE," you're leveling up in world-changing superpowers like creativity and resourcefulness. You're unlocking achievements by completing…

Added by Paul Allison on March 14, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Must change always be rooted in what is known?

I'm learning more about what it means to be a social innovator right now, and in particular what I'm wondering about is: Must change always be rooted in what is known? I was doing the first Evoke mission this blog post was part of my learning for that mission. Both the quote from Dave Tait below and an early "secret" for becoming an effective social innovator ("Innovate on existing platforms.") had me feeling frustrated about the slow wheels of…


Added by Paul Allison on March 7, 2010 at 7:16pm — 6 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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