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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:


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. …


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…

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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