Archives for the month of: October, 2010

Henry David Thoreau wrote this important reminder of one of humanity’s most basic needs for being good, the freedom to explore unpredictably, because being trapped in too rigid a structure stunts growth mentally and physically.

And this is true for education, as well! Education is good when it is wild and free, and I mean both senses of the term free – free for the taking, and free to roam all over the universe, in all four dimensions, on a whim.

Binikou aims at being a truly wild and free educational program, and we hope to add plenty of room for the ideas of humans of all ages to roam in all dimensions as they explore both old and new ways to get more of what we all need to grow in all of the ways we want to grow.

And we’re looking forward to finally receiving the funds that some of you donated back in August during the Global Giving Evoke challenge. (Global Giving has apparently been having problems sending Evoke projects our money. But they have said that they were sending a check out this past Friday. So hopefully it will be here within the next day or two, and we can buy the website hosting we want, and get started with the big stuff!)

In the meantime I wish you well finding some wild and free things to do today, so that the world will have more good in it!

sometimes education is a funnel, a string, and some paint swinging over a sidewalk!


Last week was an eventful and amazing adventure in Washington DC as a somewhat amused guest of the World Bank. (Specifically the educational wing, known as the World Bank Institute.)

The trip far exceeded my expectations in many ways. The Evoke Summit was designed to be a celebration of and further inspiration for the “Crash course in changing the world” that the Evoke project started out as. And Binikou was indeed grateful to be a part of this opportunity.

The presentations and workshops were fairly typical, for those familiar with social and environmental non-profit conferences, and were somewhat useful in offering new ideas and approaches, and for getting to know our fellow summit-goers. The real awesomeness that comes from these kinds of events is, of course, getting to network with all kinds of different people who, in spite of their differences, all share a similar ideal of doing something creative to help make the world a better place. And this Evoke Summit was no exception!

So while you can read about the presentations and such that happened over here and also here), if you like, there is probably no good way to summarize the really important stuff that happened for Binikou in DC, other than for me to say…

It truly was…

Good stuff in… Good stuff out!

…and then to spend a moment thanking all the people who invested their time and energy in the Evoke Summit, and Evoke itself, including Nathan V., Gene, Mita, Amos, Nathan W., David, Simon, Pradip, Jane and Kiyash, Martin and Reid and Cheryl, Steve (my frequent and very enjoyable table neighbor!), Rebecca (you’re just so awesome!), Ari, Lorena, Reem, the very surprising (to me!) Nathaniel F., (Just ask) Ed, Ronald, Michelle, Brian and Caleb from Ushahidi, the very generous Bob from the WB, and all the other various locals and special guests who showed up.

Thank you all so much for helping inspire me to make Binikou a success!

And, because I can, here are some pretty pictures! (Mouse over the images for witty commentary.)

Lincoln is kind of inspiring.

Evokers and Space travel are even more inspiring!

Evokers at a big, big, big WB table is a little intimidating!

Evokers collaborating in the real world, is the most inspiring of all!

Evokers engage the world face to face, with compassion, and curiosity.

Smithsonian Native American Art - also inspiring, in a quieter way.

It's a bike, parked at paper clips!  We need more of these, don't you agree?

Look what I found in the basement of the Smithsonian gift shop!

Onward and upward for all of us Evokers, and for Binikou!


I will politely refrain from any more puns, and simply offer you a link to a BBC radio program (available for download/listening only for another few days, apparently) on the power of urine, to power fuel cells, make medicines, be turned into plastic, and other creative, and practical uses for human urine that are far better than dumping it into oceans.

The Secret Science of Pee


No, it's not pee, but it looks like it, doesn't it?

A possible cure for any illness, in simple terms:

1. Put better quality stuff in.
2. Allow more of the bad stuff to go out.
3. Pay more attention to reality so that you can put even better stuff in and use more of the bad stuff that comes out in better ways!