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There seems to be a majority of people that want to take the term 'fail' out of our vocabulary; many arguments against EVOKE having failed thus far are generalizable to all instances of what would otherwise be called failure - eg: there cannot have been a failure in light of the fact that something can be learned from it --- which is true of all 'failures'.
'Fail' ought to remain in our vocabulary. It is that beast, hard to look at, we are trying to avoid. And we should know what the beast looks like.
That being said, I don't think the beast wins in episode 3.
It seems to me that failure will be defined by an outcome's (non)relation to an (acted on) intention. This seems to suggest that EVOKE did fail in episode 3 - windmills did not go viral, and there is no way that EVOKE had an intention loose enough to be satisfied by spending resources (agent, flight out there, time, reputation, etc) on boobtubing one hut.
HOWEVER, an intentional outcome is always at least tacitly related to a time scale, and sometimes to a probability defined outcome. Did EVOKE fail? Yes, if the time scale on the intentional outcome is immediate to the story. But it isn't. One of the main powers cherished by the EVOKE organization is Spark. In the time frame the episode covers, a Spark is created. Evidence for this in the graphic depiction: 1) inspiration in the little girl with the model, and 2) (as some discussion posts have mentioned) the desired ability to watch soccer will be motivation to follow the windmill example; the windmill may go viral by piggybacking on the bragging and such of the homestead's televisional abilities. This is only probable, not certain, but I think it is easy to pass the judgment that a seed (or Spark) has been sowed in episode 3 that has a reasonable chance of pollinating.
There is, admittedly, an epistemic ambiguity based on what the chances are of pollination against what kind of chance is reasonable enough to register as within the intended outcome (which cannot be too large, but should register varying degrees of success). But as I say, the judgment call does not seem to be too hard to make when we have our concept of 'fail' straight: although there is not fast and certain win in Episode three, EVOKE did not fail.
I can understand the Evoke side as well as the locals. I don't think that the Evoke Network has failed. There can be searched for other partners who are going to build up windmills!
So far I feel like the EVOKE network is progressing when they think they are failing. I think the EVOKE network needs to keep their secrets to themselves and watch out for hackers. I believe that the windmill idea can make a positive affect on man peoples lives. I am very anxious to read the next episode.
Wow, it is difficult to imagine that there are new Evokers working behind the scenes. Wonderful. My own primary focus was on global nutrition, which of course does include the recent mandate by the United Nations on clean water.
See Grant Gibbs in South Africa for his latest invention, the Hippo Roller, to transport clean water in larger quantity with a greater likelihood of it reaching its destination, clean and safe to drink. Less ch***ra, hopefully. Grant is on Linked In.com
Then you may want to check out the Barkers, Carmen and Jack who have invented a 100% self-sufficient solar and/or wind power water filtration device. It has recently been patented and sold to governments and military, however there are small units. Carmen does to sales aspect and can get quotes. She is on Linked In. com as well.
My personal forte is in the educational aspect of nutrition. While we all thought it was hunger that would kill so many, it is more often malnutrition and food borne illness. These can be relieved with better knowledge of food selection, storage, preparation.
As a former trained, skilled, and experienced acupuncturist in the USA, I discovered that while many of my patients became healthier following acupuncture treatments, these are not enough to sustain a healthy life over a longer period. Nutrition, lifestyle and attitude are the long-term contributors to wellbeing.
Thank you Kennedy Suttle, for sharing you precious time on Evoke to make the world a better place.
May you and yours...Be In Good Health.
Laura Dawson, MAOM, Dipl.Ac.
Evoke Founding Member 2010