A crash course in changing the world.
Call the EVOKE Network to action. This is your chance to harness the collective and collaborative powers of EVOKE. Submit a challenge to the Network in this discussion thread, and my team and I might feature it in the Breaking News box.
A good challenge will take only a short time to complete. Consider these possible challenge themes, or suggest something of your own:
HOW TO SUBMIT A CHALLENGE:
1 - In this discussion thread, describe your challenge. Tell us what you’d like to see the EVOKE Network do.
2 - Choose the EVOKE Power or Powers you want to see grow. Tell us how you think the challenge
should be rewarded.
If your challenge is selected to be featured, you will earn +100 Spark.
The Network awaits your call to action.
Here is my challenge:
I think a new challenge should be for us to visit some Eco Village near us and show how much we care about the environment, take pictures and talk to people there, then afterwards when we get home make a blog post about it and post those photos,
I do realize that this does not take so short time like other challenges would but think about it, it really would help raise the awareness don't you think?
I think this challenge should grow the Sustainability and/or Spark EVOKE powers:)
I call this idea "Microcosm"
I think it would be valuable for agents to look for situations in their own community that share similar problems with some of the worlds largest issues, in a blog post. By investigating the problems in our own backyards perhaps we can find solutions that are applicable on a larger scale as well.
Even if this is not the case, I think the practice of this thought process is a fine exercise for agents and opens up our communities to other communities on EVOKE.
This challenge would reward +1 LOCAL INSIGHT, and many agents may find it appropriate to power vote depending on the blog post in particular.
Mr. Alchemy, Fellow Agents,
I have a very simple challenge for the Evoke Network:
@ Make a list of 10+ products or services you need, A Wish List.
and a list of 10+ products or services you can provide, A Gift List
Put it in a blog post tagged GIFT-WISH.
This will allow the following:
The problem with barter is that if you and I want to trade we both need to have something the other one wants and would trade for what we have to offer.
This problem can be solved if the trading is done not between two persons as it would be expected but amongst a ring of persons.
Person A has an extra Shinai and wants a Daniel Suarez Book
Person B has an extra graphics card and wants a Shinai.
No go. So let's introduce a 3rd person.
Person C has a Daniel Suarez book and wants a graphics card.
Person A gives the Shinai to Person B,
Person B gives the graphics card to Person C
Person C gives the Daniel Suarez book to person A.
The ring is closed.
If members of a network like Evoke have a Wish List and a Gift List, and a barter program runs through them finding the possible rings the possibilities that what one wants is not available to be given and the possibilities that what one has is not wished to be gotten are reduced drastically. It can be seen as a synchronic pay-it-forward ring, a pay-it-forward-now ring.
Wish/Gift lists can include services, futures(CSA), even currency.
Of course that if Person A has currency and wants a compass and Person B wants currency and has an extra compass they could just trade directly, that would be more efficient one would think. But how many people have their needs satisfied in the transaction? Only two.
Person A gives the 50 Freedom credits to Person C
Person C gives a blender to Person D
Person D fixes a lawn mower for Person E
Person E gives a water filter to Person F
Person F gives 50 Freedom credits to Person B
and Person B gives the compass to Person A.
Person A gets the compass and Person B gets the currency, but six people have their needs satisfied.
These transactional rings not only make possible trades that would be impossible otherwise, by combinatorial matching as in the first example. They also allow for trades that are already possible to be arranged in a manner so as to make other trades possible, that would be impossible even with combinatory matching, as in the second example, thus maximizing the network benefit.
I challenge you to tell me what you need and what you have to give.
I propose a challenge to the people interested in dealing with food shortages and possible solutions - the challenge is to plant from seed (or grocery refuse) and grow something edible in the 68 days left until the end of the first season of Evoke.