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創意慳電燈泡 令室內灑滿陽光

September 15, 2011

Solar bottle light brings sunlight into thousand household

小學時在科學堂上我們都學過光穿過水時就會出現折射,美麗的彩虹也是因着雨後放晴令空氣中的水珠折射陽光而成。在巴西有人利用這個簡單的科學原理,以汽水瓶製成一款「慳電燈泡」,安裝在天花板上,將室外的陽光通過折射到室內,。不知道它可會把彩虹帶到房間中?

這款「慳電燈泡」由巴西一位工程師發明。製作時只需在1.5公升的汽水瓶中注滿清水,並加入少許漂白水,安裝在鑽了洞的天花板上,洞的圓周等同水瓶圓周。當陽光穿過水瓶內的水產生折射時,陽光就會灑滿一室。在白天所產生的亮光足足有50瓦,比一般慳電膽足足亮一倍,且連一度電也不消耗。現時這款燈已由MyShelter Foundation的 Illac Diaz引入到菲律賓,供過千居住鐵皮屋、無電力供應的貧民家庭使用,也為當地製造了更多就業機會。他們發現,這款燈泡兩年才需更換,相當耐用。

一般人一向認為太陽能發電很昂貴,但其實只要動腦筋,利用常見的科學原理,就可發現令生活更好的方法。願我們都可做一點點,令世界更光更亮。

延伸閱讀:

CCTV-9 report: Solar bottle lights in the Philippines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWi3NtND68&feature=player_embedded#

How to Make a Solar Bottle Light Bulb
http://www.pinoybisnes.com/business-ideas/how-to-make-solar-bottle-light-bulb/

將這項發明帶到菲律賓發揚光大的Illac Diaz(Social Entrepreneur; Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation; Founder of Pier One Seafarer Center)http://greatergood.i.ph/blogs/greatergood/2010/04/07/illac-diaz-social-entrepreneur-executive-director-of-myshelter-foundation-founder-of-pier-one-seafarer-center/

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Global Innovation Academy coming to HK!

June 15, 2011

MaD Asia衝出亞洲,名字出現在今期英國社會創新組織Global Innovation Academy 的Newsletter創刊號! (瀏覽 Newletter

文中提及MaD現正密鑼緊鼓籌備在今年8月與Global Innovation Academy合作舉辦的活動,期望以走在最前的思維建立亞洲新一代的創新領袖。 

Global Innovation Academy是國際創新組織Young Foundation新成立的機構,集結創見和多人智慧面對社會需要。Young Foundation在研究、推動政策改變和鼓勵人創意運用尖端科技上都做得有聲有色。自2005年成立以來,Young Foundation已成立和支持了40多個社會創新組織,以創意面對社會挑戰:

* Studio Schools – 傳統教育制度以考試為主,扼殺了不少學生的潛能,Studio Schools的課程切合學生個人興趣,安排活動教學,讓學生發揮才能。

* Action for Happiness – 城市雖然物質豐富,人們卻少見笑容。Action for Happiness舉辦多個活動,令社會更多歡樂。

* Maslaha – 英國人口中有不少是回教徒。Maslaha期望打破種族間的隔膜,助回教徒處理生活難題。

Global Innovation Academy已踏足星加玻、澳洲、芬蘭和西班牙等地。今年8月來臨香港,支持青年朋友追求社會創新。千萬別錯過這難能可貴的機會!

密切留意MaD創不同網站(www.MaD.asia)的最新公布。

MaD is mentioned onGlobalInnovationAcademy’s inaugural newsletter! (Click to read the Newsletter)

It’s mentioned that MaD’s collaborating with Global Innovation Academy this August to nurture the next generation of innovators inAsia.

GlobalInnovationAcademyis a new initiative launched by Young Foundation, seeking to incubate insights and innovative solutions to tackle social needs.  Based inLondon, Young Foundation is a pioneer in research, influencing policy and inspiring people to use technology creatively.  Since 2005, Young Foundation has created and supported over 40 social ventures to ease social problems with creativitiy:

*     Studio Schools – unleashes the potential of young people through unique and personalized curriculum

*      Action for Happiness – promotes happiness in society

*      Maslaha – seeks to break cultural barrier and helps Muslims to face everyday dilemma

Global Innovation Academyhas already brought its Academy pathfinder to Singapore, Australia, Finlandand Spain. You don’t have to travel all the way abroad coz it’s coming to Hong Kong in August for the collaboration with MaD.  Don’t miss this wonderful chance to be empowered! Check www.MaD.asia for our latest updates!

非常搞鬼幽默的曼谷餐廳 連Lonely Planet 都讚好

May 22, 2011
 
泰國曼谷一間餐廳Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant在曼谷以至國際社會都很富話題性。 權威旅遊指南Lonely Planet甚至選出到這家餐廳為曼谷必做的事!
 
泰國色情事業相當發達,不過曾幾何時公眾對安全性行為的意識並不高。Cabbages and Condoms別開生面,兼作性教育課室,以有趣活潑的方式鼓勵使用安全套,餐廳中有很多以多個色彩繽紛的安全套製成的裝置藝術,過去曾有安全套超人和安全套聖誕老人,去年高爾夫球手活士被揭發有婚外情時,餐廳就製作了活士的安全套立體人像。餐廳還展示從世界各地搜羅、設計奇特的安全套。吃完美味的泰菜,付款時會獲得一個免費安全套。餐廳收益都撥歸作家庭計劃教育經費。
 
創辦人Mechai Viravaidya被譽為泰國”安全套之王”。他點子多多,曾舉辦安全套接力賽、吹漲安全套比賽,又想出請僧人用聖水潔淨避孕藥,令公眾更願使用,甚至請曼谷警察向塞車中的司機派發安全套。由1991至2003年間,愛滋病感染數字下跌了九成,即是說770萬個人命獲救。1974年每個家庭平均生7個孩子,但Mechai 的性教育工作開展後,數字下跌至平均每家只有1.5個孩子。
 
原來食也可帶來美好的改變!
 
想知道更多社會創新點子嗎?現在就報名參加”創不同遊歷”!詳情可參看www.MaD.asia
 
延伸閱讀:
Mechai Viravaidya在紐約TEDx上的演講
http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/life/tedxchange-big-laughs-thailands-condom-king-031201
 
In Bangkok, there’s a cool restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms that promotes the use of condom and contraceptives in an amusing way.   There’re art installations made by colourful condoms and a wide collection of perculiarly-designed condoms from all over the world.  Last year, following the scandal about Tiger Woods, a statue of him was made to promote safe sex. On a list by Lonely Planet, it ranks number one as a must-do thing in Bangkok. 
 
Founder of the Restaurant Mechai Viravaidya is named “Condom King” in Thailand.  He never runs out of cool ideas: condom relay, condom-blowing contests, and he even invited monks to bless contraceptives, so that public members would be more willing to use them.  During traffic jam, cops would hand out free condoms to drivers.  He told CNNgo, “from 1991 to 2003, new cases of HIV/AIDS in Thailand declined by 90 percent. That translates into 7.7 million lives saves.”
 
Eating also brings changes.
 
Would you like to know more social innovative ideas?  Join MaD Trip to Bangkok for more!
For details and registration, go to www.MaD.asia.
 

令台北更好玩的“都市改革組織”

May 13, 2011

城市高速發展,鏟泥車主導的都市更新將建築物推倒、高樓價令無殼蝸牛成焦點熱話、遭忽視的本土社區價值令城市記憶如粉末般消失。這一切問題原來並不只出現於香港。台北一個名叫“都市改革組織”(The Organization of Urban Re-s)的團體,簡稱OURs,Re-s代表Re-design、Re-plan、Re-build、Review、Revolution。

在過去二十年來,OURs在台灣民間積極教育和推動協助政府及公眾改善都市問題,促進全民公平合理使用都市空間的權利。譬如早前OURs舉辦了一系列「市民要綠地行動」,爭取市內70處臨時設立的草地於花博後繼續存留。行動之一是於牯嶺街舉辦創意市集,讓市民認識都市草地有各種不同的好玩玩法與社區經營模式,進一步激發市民對草地的渴望與想像。看見他們的海報就想好好躺在草地上看藍藍的天!

你也想觀摩台北的民間力量如何推動公民社會發展嗎?現在就報名參加“創不同遊歷”吧!

詳情可參看www.MaD.asia

Hong Kong is not alone in its development problems: buildings rapidly being torn down, accelerating property price and the depreciation of community.Taipei also confronts these issues.  In the past twenty years, a Taiwanese NGO named “The Organization of Urban Re-s” (OURs) has been actively promoting urban policy changes to make public space accessible to all.  Re-s stand for Re-design, Re-plan, Re-build, Review and Revolution. 

A recent fun project OURs did is to engage public members to protect 70 pieces of temporary green areas dotted the city landscape.  They host creative art fairs at one of those green areas and encouraged young people to explore various ways to enjoy the green amidst the hustle and bustle of Taipei.

Don’t you want to lie down on the grass in Taipei just by seeing the poster?

To know more about how local organizations contribute to the building of a civil society, join “MaD Trips” toTaipei now.

For details, go to www.MaD.asia.

改變從興趣開始 Change starts with passion

May 12, 2011

改變不用很難,從興趣開始就可以了。

在曼谷,一班熱愛踏單車的青年人,開始了一盤別開生面的環保單車速遞生意,既讓他們做着喜愛的事,又為窮苦兒童籌募買單車的經費,使任何階層的小孩都可享受踏單車的樂趣。

創辦人之一Nonlany Ungwiwatkul本身從事業務發展工作,數年前她開始在泰國單車協會修理市民捐贈的單車,再送給貧童。不過,她發現需求遠遠大於捐贈量。怎辦呢?她看了一齣有關都市單車信差速遞員的日本電影The Messenger,於是就開始思考開展綠色可持續企業的可能性,既結合她對單車的熱情,又可為社會做好事。她與環保顧問Poom Siraprapasiri組成團隊,逐步構思詳盡的計劃。

BikeXenger就是這樣開始了。他們的團隊名字由三個部分組成:Bike(單車)與Messenger(信差),X 則代表Express(速遞),不論書籍、文件、單車配件或食物,只要是輕便的東西,他們都會速遞,顧客只要在Facebook專頁上下訂單,BikeXenger就會派出最就近的速遞員在繁忙的曼谷鬧市中穿梭送貨。 其實,電單車速遞便宜得多,也快捷得多。不過很多人都因為BikeXenger對減碳和窮苦階層的貢獻而樂於僱用BikeXenger。一些公司更以採用BikeXenger送貨建立品牌形象。

Nonlany說,成立BikeXenger,使我們踏單車更有意義!

想知道更多有關曼谷青年人如何將興趣解決都市問題嗎?快報名參加”創不同遊歷”,看不一樣的曼谷!

詳情及報名可瀏覽網頁www.MaD.asia

Begin with your passion, and you will realize that your seemingly ordinary hobby has this immense power to bring positive change.  
A group of young bikers in Bangkok started a bike messenger business that allows them to do good through doing what they dearly love doing. Co-founder Nonlany Ungwiwatkul used to fix donated bikes at the Thai Cycling Association, but she soon found that the demand for bikes from disprivileged children was far greater than supply. So she started asking herself how she could help. Having watched the Messenger, a Japanese movie about an urban bike messenger, she started pondering on the idea of starting her own green business.

The concept is easy. Customers simply have to place orders on the company facebook page, and BikeXenger would send the nearest bike messenger to deliever the goods. Anything portable can go onto the bike. Surprisingly, even though the fee is not cheaper than conventional motorbike delievery, the public is generally quite receptive to BikeXenger. A lot of the firms identify with BikeXenger’s mission of lowering carbon emission, promoting a bike-friendly city and making the pleasure of biking possible to all children.

Now you see that change starts with passion, would you want to know more about how young people bring positive change to their community doing what they love? Join MaD Trips to be inspired and be empowered!

For details and registration, please visit www.MaD.asia.

延伸閱讀 Extended reading: 

Bangkok Post: Cycling gang go green with new messenger service
http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/210036/

Trailer of the Messenger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X2NejJa8OE 

The Uniform Project: the same dress in 365 days

March 9, 2011

有翻過潮流雜誌的你,對那些七天mix & match示範大概不會陌生。發起The Uniform Project的Sheena將七天mix & match的精神發揚光大。在整整一年當中,Sheena的每天主打只是一條小黑裙。這項創意大挑戰並不是Sheena的無聊念頭:這是一項可持續發展的習作和支持在印度為貧民窟孩子提供教育的非牟利機構Akanksha Foundation 的籌款活動。

Sheena所有用來打扮的配件都不是買回來的,有些是廢物利用,有些則是來自他人。支持The Uniform Project的人,不單可以直接捐款,還可以捐出家中有餘的飾物給Sheena。

許多人以為做好事、善事就是要過苦行僧的生活。Sheena卻身體力行告訴我們不是如此。只要能運用創意,你也可以滿有趣味地做好事,且親切地將你的關注傳達到能跟你共鳴的人。

The Uniform Project首年籌得美金$103,378 ,支持287個孩子上學。

http://www.theuniformproject.com/year1/home/trailer.html

Flipping through the magazine, you can often find the 7-day styling guide in the abundance of cosmetic and high fashion ads.  In The Uniform Project, Sheena is pushing it to the extreme. Instead of a few main items for a whole week, Sheena wears the same little black dress for 365 days! This creative challenge is not just a random wild thought. Sheena does it with a cause: it is an exercise in sustainability and a fundraiser to support the Akanksha Foundation – a non-profit organization providing education to children living in Indian slums.

All the mix and match is done by recycled or donated accessories. So, if you support what Sheena is doing, you may choose from donating cash to the Akanksha Foundation or donating your unused accesories to help Sheena to sustain her project.

Sheena demonstrates that you can be stylish and socially conscious at the same time. Doing good does not mean that you have to stay being a hermit and stay away from the enjoyment of life. What you need afterall is CREATIVITY. Voice out your cause and make it fun.

The first year of The Uniform Project raised US$103,378 supporting 287 kids in school.

http://www.theuniformproject.com/year1/home/trailer.html

The Story of Electronics

March 7, 2011

In discussing electronic goods, most of the viewpoints surrounding us are micro and left-brained – how many mm thinner, how many seconds faster the process works, how many more hours the battery works…

How about looking it in a macro way – what are the social effects of the manufacture of the electronic goods? The Story of Electronics (http://storyofstuff.org/electronics/) tells you more about these. (You will also find out why repairing a broken DVD player is often more expensive than buying a new one.

And think about your need instead of what others are telling you- does one need to be occupied by the phone, the iPad, the PSP every second on the way home?

With the $6000 ‘bonanza’, it seems that buying the iPad 2, or replacing the ‘old’ iPad with the seemingly upgraded one is a must-to-do without much thoughts needed. After watching The Story of Electronics, would you put some more thoughts in it?

Crystal

The Fun Theory

March 1, 2011

How can we get more people to use the stairs? How can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin, rather than onto the ground? How can we get more people to recycle glass bottles even though they don’t get any money in return?

The answer is Fun. Fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. That’s the Fun Theory (http://www.thefuntheory.com/).

“The Speed Camera Lottery” is the winner of the Fun Theory Award last year. It uses a fun way to get more drivers obey the speed limit. It was so good that Volkswagen, together with The Swedish National Society for Road Safety, actually made this innovative idea a reality in Stockholm, Sweden.

Have a look and get inspired! Maybe you can come up with a new fun solution.

http://www.thefuntheory.com/speed-camera-lottery-0

如何令更多人使用樓梯?如何令人們老老實實將垃圾扔進垃圾桶?如何令更多人回收玻璃瓶即使它們不值錢?

答案就是“有趣”(Fun)。有趣的方法最容易改變人們的行為。這就是Fun Theory(http://www.thefuntheory.com/)。

“The Speed Camera Lottery”是The Fun Theory Award去年的贏家,瑞典政府甚至與大眾汽車合作,在瑞典首都斯德哥爾摩將這個奇妙的點子付諸現實。

現在就點擊以下鏈接看看“The Speed Camera Lottery”是如何讓司機們心甘情願地遵守限速要求。也許你也會有一些改變世界的奇思妙想。

http://www.thefuntheory.com/speed-camera-lottery-0

Chloe

藝術可以改變世界 Art Can Change the World

February 24, 2011

藝術可以改變世界 Art Can Change the World

法國藝術家JR獲得今年TED Prize: http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/。 

JR將大型照片放在意想不到的公共空間,用真實的面孔切入社會問題。例如:

* 《Face2Face》讓在衝突中的以色列和巴勒斯坦人,

看到對方淘氣的鬼面﹣﹣還有,原來大家長得這麼相像。(http://www.face2faceproject.com/)
* 《Women Are Heroes》將在暴力和壓抑底下,堅強地渡過每一天的女性的面容放大,在生活不容易的地方,提醒人看看有力量的生命。 (http://www.womenareheroes.be/

十九世紀,法國知識分子開始用“前衛”這個字形容藝術,指的不是“莫名奇妙”,而是藝術家對社會的觸覺及願景,可以帶領我們走向一個更好的未來。

The TED Prize this year goes to French artist JR: http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/.

JR puts up large-scale portraits in unexpected places and confronts the public with social issues as they see these huge faces. For example:
* Face2Face showed Israelis and Palestinians each other’s funny faces. The feuding brothers laughed and realized they actually looked alike. (http://www.face2faceproject.com/)

* Women Are Heroes blew up pictures of enduring women living under violence and repression, and celebrates the strength of these women in places where life is tough. (http://www.womenareheroes.be/

French intellectuals started to use the word “avant-garde” for art in the 19th century. The word doesn’t mean artsy-fartsy. It is a belief: artists, with their sensitivity, vision and ability to move, can lead us to a better future.

Stephanie

立人鄉村圖書館

February 23, 2011

曾經看過一些文章,說農村的孩子從某種角度來說不喜歡市面上名目繁多的支教活動,那些大學志願者們來了又走了,產生的影響和改變都只是暫時的,只有那些孩子們仍留在原地。

所以我很喜歡“立人鄉村圖書館”這個概念。有一群人願意慢慢來,入駐當地,建立圖書館,搞教育活動,真正花時間在這些最需要資訊和知識的孩子身上。

什麽是立人圖書館?

“立人乡村图书馆(China Rural Library)是一个民间教育公益组织,在中国选择一些县级地区,在当地各界朋友的主动努力和配合下,逐步建立覆盖全县的公益图书馆网络,并以此为基础开展系列教育、文化活动,从而实现拓宽本地文化视野,更新本地精神生活的长期追求。”

關於立人鄉村圖書館的詳細介紹可以在他們的網站http://www.xctsg.org/ 上找到,我就不在這裡一一熬述,不過我很想分享幾點:

“每开一个分馆,至少要派驻一名专职管理员长期住在当地,主持图书馆日常事务,并基于当地实际情况为青少年开发各种“立人选修课”。”

有圖書館這樣一個基地,有專職管理員長駐,就可以保證項目持續發展,如果有人事變動,也可以交接給下一任。

“独立运作,合作为辅,不附属于学校等当地机构,与学校之间有合作也有差异。”

中國教育體制的問題眾所周知,所以能夠獨立於學校等當地機構就可以擺脫體制的束縛,從民間出發,做一些不一樣但可能真正有用的教育。

“立人是一项教育行动,也是一项文化行动。它是一个长期工作——不是三五年,而是三五十年。最终将汇入本地文化,成为一个文化基础设施。”

還是持續性的問題。教育是收效最慢的投資,所以更加需要用心慢慢做。

中東和北非正在轟轟烈烈地鬧著革命,推倒了獨裁者後的問題就是建立新政權和新制度,這不是一朝一夕的事情,同時也是需要很多基礎的。願望也好,祝福也好,我希望“立人鄉村圖書館”真的能夠幫到那些生活在中國最底層的孩子們, 也希望從中能生出一股春風。

Chloe