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Alberto Cottica commented on Samiran Roy's blog post Evoke Agent Ratings
"Thanks for the effort, Samiran! As Sarah notes above, both the nominees and the "winners" seem to come from a rather small subset of EVOKE: given the relatively small numbers involved, probably the voters, too, come from the same subset. I…"
May 12, 2010
Alberto Cottica commented on A.V.Koshy's blog post Child labour & the Evil of Western Racism as well as ancient African Customs and Traditions.
"Well done. A reference (where was this? when? what are these peace corps volunteers doing? do they have a website? etc.) would add credibility."
Apr 27, 2010
Alberto Cottica commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"Well, I guess Taleb would argue if you eliminate interest you kill the incentive to lend, so you eliminate debt as well. :-)"
Apr 24, 2010
darklogos commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"I think that the solution isn't to eliminate debt but to eliminate interest. If you make loaning money a non-profit expenditure you make it so people are forced to save. On the other hand people that do loan money on interest will make crazy…"
Apr 24, 2010
Alberto Cottica left a comment for Ken Eklund
"Hi Ken, thanks for your comment. I am traveling and with a very precarious connection, so forgive me if I do not reciprocate by looking up your blog straight away. I will, though. :-)"
Apr 22, 2010
Alberto Cottica commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post Policy by gaming: EVOKE, a preliminary a****sment
"Thanks my friends. I am passionately interested in the topic, and EVOKE really seems like a context from which one can really learn a lot."
Apr 20, 2010
Michele Baron commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post Policy by gaming: EVOKE, a preliminary a****sment
"great blog site, Alberto. thank you for link!! welcome back."
Apr 20, 2010
A.V.Koshy commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post Policy by gaming: EVOKE, a preliminary a****sment
"Very much so. Though I have more "news" for you if you're interested."
Apr 20, 2010
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Policy by gaming: EVOKE, a preliminary a****sment

I run a blog about public policy. I wrote a preliminary a****sment of the EVOKE experience - interesting and in my opinion generally positive, despite the dissatisfaction of some high profile agents over what they perceive as censorship. Anyone interested: http://bit.ly/aI29CkSee More
Apr 20, 2010
Lynn Caldwell commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"I hero-worship Nassim Taleb. Malcolm Gladwell is also worth a mention - he wrote the Tipping Point and outlined everything you need to create a social epidemic. And this is the thing - it's the culture and thinking that make things happen.…"
Apr 7, 2010
Alberto Cottica commented on PJE's blog post Where is a.v.koshy?
"@Sarah, yup, that's Ning backend all right. :-)"
Apr 7, 2010
Alberto Cottica commented on PJE's blog post Where is a.v.koshy?
"He's disappeared from my friend page too. So what's happened?"
Apr 6, 2010
Mark Mulkerin commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"@Patricio - Don't speculate. Experiment. Or speculate, then experiment. Figure out a way to test the system out and see if it works. I fear that such a system would entrench wealth disparities, but if data showed me wrong - okay. (My reasoning…"
Apr 5, 2010
Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"@Mark- I see where you are coming from. I can totally agree with you in "History teaches us that we are eternally overconfident." Talking about re-inventing money and banks- What could happen in a system with NO interest rates and NO debt…"
Apr 5, 2010
Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post "Mr Black Swan" has a radical view on money and finance - but it does not go down so well with the World Bank :-)
"I profoundly disagree with Mr. Taleb´s "People who use history as a guide do not understand history." The Austrian School of economics and the Austrian Business Cycle Theory predicted the Great Depression and with those same tools it…"
Apr 5, 2010
Wintermute commented on Alberto Cottica's blog post Banking for robustness: Dr Doom and The Black Swan to lead the European Central Bank
"Great debate, the anchors are actually curious about what these too know."
Apr 5, 2010
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Policy by gaming: EVOKE, a preliminary a****sment

I run a blog about public policy. I wrote a preliminary a****sment of the EVOKE experience - interesting and in my opinion generally positive, despite the dissatisfaction of some high profile agents over what they perceive as censorship. Anyone interested:

http://bit.ly/aI29Ck


Posted on April 20, 2010 at 5:57pm — 5 Comments

Banking for robustness: Dr Doom and The Black Swan to lead the European Central Bank



April 2020. In a move that credibly signals a will to push for reform, the European Central Bank starts to reinvent itself. Two brilliant, unorthodox scientists are charged with leading it through the reform process: epistemologist/statistician Nassim Taleb (nicknamed The Black Swan, after his best seller book) and economist… Continue

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:58pm — 3 Comments

Supporting art in Africa: criteria for EVOKE inspired microlending

I decided to join the EVOKE team (15 members, me included, as of today) on the microlending site Kiva. After some search on the website I allocated a microloan of $50 to Ms. Mame Diarra Samb from Diamaguène Thies, Senegal. She sells works of art at the local market, and will use her loan to purchase more works so she can bolster sales. …



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Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:30pm

The fastest men in Milano

The Urban Bike Messengers have set up shop in Milano. Significantly, they are headquartered in Hub Milano, the coworking space dedicated to social innovators.



These guys are getting a lot of attention because they managed to throw together three features of small deliveries:

  1. they are green. People like to be seen using them rather than, say, UPS.
  2. they are cool. They have great gear, and…
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Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

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At 2:15am on April 4, 2010, Shtanto said…
Happy Easter!
At 12:24am on March 26, 2010, John D. Boyden said…
Great! Have fun...I am :)
At 10:57pm on March 24, 2010, MoE said…
Hi Alberto, glad to meet you here. I know Kublai and I know who you are. I'm following you on twitter, via one of my accounts (it's "wh***mergence", the one I use for rss; please don't be offended if it is not the personal one - "mapofemergence" - ; it's just because of efficiency).
I'm glad for your proposal and I'll consider it seriously. I will just take some time, as I don't like to answer superficially. Also, I'll follow your EVOKE blog in the next days when, hopefully, I'll be a bit lesser busy than now. Thank you for taking some time to read my blog and giving feedback, I seriously appreciate that.
 
 
 

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