Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

What do you think of the story so far? Discuss what happened in Episode 3 here.

Views: 474

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

i think it will fail if it fails to capitalize on the love of football powered by the windmill...
The recent event can be used to sell the idea around the area,with football as one of the points,among others such as lighting your home,and streets. In terms of security,this would allow the residents to avert surprise visits from the drug dealers by being able to see their arrival.This then would allow them to maybe hide possessions that would normally be taken away otherwise. Or use the lighting psychology, by turning off lights to signal to the dealers residents not home or asleep,which could avoid them the hustles.
I can think of two ways for the EVOKE network to fail: failing to respond at all, or making the situation worse by our actions. I don't think either of those happened here. The way the people gathered to watch the match reminded me of what Jane McGonigal said in her TED talk -- that one function of games is to give us an escape from a reality that's too painful to bear (I paraphrase a little). Maybe watching the matches will raise morale and lift people's spirits. Maybe people will begin to build more windmills -- or take on other, locally-inspired projects -- in between the matches.

Certainly the situation is not worse than before Eureka started. I was also glad to see an acknowledgment of the fact that even with the best of intentions and an apparently foolproof plan, things don't always go the way we want. EVOKE isn't always a Cinderella story. Not every success is an epic win. Some are, but some are incremental, or even backwards steps. That's part of what makes the epic win so powerful: it doesn't happen every time, but there's a chance that it could.
NGO's were all excited to bring solar power to the nomads in Mongolia. The NGO's thought they might use the power for food refrigeration or something "useful." Instead they all power TV's, they don't eat any food that they want to refrigerate anyway. Get more TV's into the Favelas, then you will see more windmills.
I'm new to the site and I must say you have sparked more than a little intrest for me. Darn you Alchemy and I was just about to turn in! Ahhh well, sleep is for mopers not evokers ;)


.... Actually on second thought, I better sleep haha.
The only failure would be to think we would never fail. Referring back to Jane's TED talk, Tokyo was an "epic win" and epic wins are addictive. That was one of the things I am taking away from this: We need to learn to use the energy from an epic win to slingshot us through the bumps and backsliding into the next epic win. Maybe it will be Rio, maybe not. The only real mistake is the one we repeat. Everything else is a learning opportunity.
Ian, this is really super interesting. I mean, what's wrong with using football as a unifier? The Olympics give us a similar ability to overlook lousy things.

Ian Njuguna said:
i think it will fail if it fails to capitalize on the love of football powered by the windmill...
The recent event can be used to sell the idea around the area,with football as one of the points,among others such as lighting your home,and streets. In terms of security,this would allow the residents to avert surprise visits from the drug dealers by being able to see their arrival.This then would allow them to maybe hide possessions that would normally be taken away otherwise. Or use the lighting psychology, by turning off lights to signal to the dealers residents not home or asleep,which could avoid them the hustles.
These people are trying to build a windmill in one day, i think they will be able to build it but not in one day though. In life when you believe that you can do something, you will do it as long as you set your mind to it an d also cimmitting yourself. failing doesn't have a meaning to people who want to achieve their goals.
I think an important part of any social innovation initiative is recognizing failure. A lot of the posts I've seen in response to this question seem to point towards a reluctance to say you've failed. The thing is that we do fail, and that even the best and brightest of us will fail, sometimes spectacularly. I'll say that the EVOKE network in this week's story failed to engage the community and move beyond a handful of projects into power self-sufficiency. This being the goal for the effort, it was a failure.

That being said though, the most important thing is to ask, "what did we learn?" As other commenters have said, there were several possible causes for the failure, including not fully understanding the favella's social dynamics or perhaps neglecting the ability to watch soccer games as a motivation to build up wind capacity. But to deny a failure when it occurs is counterproductive, and, it could be argued, is a key reason that efforts like ours fail on a larger scale, as they don't recognize the smaller problems and deficiencies.
Maybe TV is the answer to development in Rio....
See article from a colleague in Foreign Policy Magazine about TV's social impact.....
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/10/19/revolution_in_a_box


Pajohnso said:
NGO's were all excited to bring solar power to the nomads in Mongolia. The NGO's thought they might use the power for food refrigeration or something "useful." Instead they all power TV's, they don't eat any food that they want to refrigerate anyway. Get more TV's into the Favelas, then you will see more windmills.
I'm a little bit concern by our Evoke abillity to do anything else than provide intertainement. Because with more thant 11'000 players, one of us has already found the solution, even if he or she ignore it.

In the virtual evoke world we succeed saving the days in a few tips... there is one parameter that Evoke, do not obviously difined wich is more important than virtual / real device (artifact) creation. Are we ensure tha our actions, and creations, won't be turned for rogue purposes?

I think that Evoke has allready failed one week ago, but nothing is permanant such as the life for all of us. Also we may still do the difference commes to a yes in the weeks to come.
The evoke network will never fail, there will certainly be large obstacles and challenges, but overall it is creating a vastly important portal for knowledge sharing. Its impacts into the future cannot even be predicted now, but I am optimistic and believe it will be truly great.
Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys said:
I think the EVOKE Network didn´t fail. It made the people in the Favelas happy. It might have failed to acknowledge the local needs and aspirations. Soccer is a very big part in national pride, identity and part of the daily life in Brazil for a lot of people. The Evoke Network should always have as objectives to listen and understand the needs and dreams of locals.

Yes I agree completly. If the local needs and aspirations were better understood then Evoke might have used better arguments. They could have told the locals to build more windmills for powering soccer stadium lights. If you have good arguments that people care about then it might happen! :)

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Latest Activity

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
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
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***tances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
Apr 13
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
Jean Paul Galea shared a profile on Facebook
Mar 1
Kevin posted a blog post

Future

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
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
Brian Hurley commented on Brian Hurley's blog post ACT: Future of Currency
May 2, 2015

Follow EVOKE on Twitter




Official EVOKE Facebook Page




EVOKE RSS Activity Feed










© 2020   Created by Alchemy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service