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Challenge: EVOKE Treasure Hunt, Round 1
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UPDATE: As of 30 Mar 2010 0200 GMT, Round 1 has ended and the results are posted!This discussion thread will…Continue

Tags: games, challenges, evidence, wisdom, Hunt

Started this discussion. Last reply by Starling Mar 30, 2010.

 

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VISION10 What If I Told You Today

"Really nice work agent BB. What a long strange trip..."
May 13, 2010
Karamveer Lalh commented on Gene Becker's blog post this is not a manifesto
"facinating well done!"
May 13, 2010
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May 13, 2010
Sarah Shaw Tatoun commented on Gene Becker's blog post climate change action plan -- who knew?
"Gene-- that's interesting-- and reading the other posts on local planning on everything from resilient communities to emergency management it seems a lot of other people have had the same experience: a lot of careful and probably expensive work…"
May 13, 2010
Gene Becker commented on Gene Becker's blog post Micro-funding a Pakistani woman's business
"Haha Shakwei, thanks! But the funny thing is, it didn't require much courage at all. The emotional and financial risk were no greater than buying a book on Amazon, which I guess is part of the point of why Kiva works -- they lower the barriers…"
May 12, 2010
Gene Becker commented on Gene Becker's blog post Micro-funding a Pakistani woman's business
"Haha Shakwei, thanks! But the funny thing is, it didn't require much courage at all. The emotional and financial risk were no greater than buying a book on Amazon, which I guess is part of the point of why Kiva works -- they lower the barriers…"
May 12, 2010
Shakwei Mbindyo commented on Gene Becker's blog post Micro-funding a Pakistani woman's business
"A courageous action that!"
May 12, 2010
Gene Becker commented on Aseel Honein's blog post Evokation draft - will be finalizing it shortly!
"Aseel, this looks like a great project. I love the idea of using public installations to give the homeless a physically embodied way to say "I exist, I am here, and I have a story to tell". People who are going about their comfortable…"
May 12, 2010
Gene Becker commented on David Dewane's blog post SPARK LIBRARY EVOKATION_Executive Summary
"Hi David, I finally got a chance to review your proposal. It seems well-motivated and very ambitious, and you have certainly done a lot of homework. I do have a few thoughts in response, which may or may not be helpful ;-) You talk about…"
May 12, 2010
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Building our Raised-bed garden spots

"Fantastic! Looks like the project is taking flight! I used to visit Flushing when my grandparents lived on Colden St. -- amazing to think that urban gardens are springing up in the heart of the city."
Apr 19, 2010
Gene Becker commented on Wintermute's blog post Farewell, and Gods Speed
"Safe travels Claude, and safe return."
Apr 19, 2010
Starling replied to Gene Becker's discussion Challenge: EVOKE Treasure Hunt, Round 1
"Thanks Gene :). It's a good idea, I will look out for Round2. I realize it's closed but please will folks take a look at Nadia D.'s work, I think she has some great ideas."
Mar 30, 2010
Gene Becker commented on David Dewane's blog post Notes on the Digital Divide
"David, very interesting and balanced analysis. In my view, EVOKE's organizers and sponsors took a big risk in creating the game, with the ambitious (perhaps utopian?) goal of making a platform that enables players to make positive results…"
Mar 30, 2010
Gene Becker commented on Naadiya's blog post Engineering Solutions to Africa's problems
"Great 2020 vision Naadiya. I guess you know about the Anita Borg Institute and the Society for Women Engineers, also working toward similar objectives? +20 Vision, with regards from Alchemy."
Mar 30, 2010

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this is not a manifesto

Folks, I barely made it through the first season. It has been a ton of hard work to play this game, and it has dragged me kicking and screaming from my comfort zone on more than one occasion. I've spent countless hours in research, reading other agents' evidence, doing quests and missions, creating my own personal transformation, combating spam and trying not to feed the trolls. It has definitely been fun, but it's kind of a peculiar definition of fun. More at flow,… Continue

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 2:02am — 3 Comments

climate change action plan -- who knew?

My town's Climate Change Action Plan includes a broad spectrum of strategies for reducing greenhouse gases. A 2005 audit estimated that the city and community collectively produced the equivalent of over 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Of this total, 46% were from cars and other vehicles, 30% from commerical and industrial activities, and 11% from residential sources. Out of concern for both the local… Continue

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 1:31am — 1 Comment

empowering African girls through CAMFED

Early on in the game I highlighted the efforts of Ann Cotton, founder of CAMFED, whose mission is to provide young African girls with access to education as a route out of poverty and oppression. The EVOKE mission on empowering women gave me the impetus to circle back and take direct action by making a donation to support CAMFED's efforts in Africa. I wonder what the CAMFED team will make of a donation designated "in honor of Alchemy and the EVOKE Network"?

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 12:13am

outrage vs. hazard -- how scared are you? how scared should you be?

Reading through the Crisis Communication materials, I found the section on managing risk, hazard and outrage just fascinating. There is a very low correlation between how hazardous an outbreak is, and how emotionally concerned people are about it. However, there is a strong correlation between people's "outrage" level and their willingness to take action. This leads to… Continue

Posted on May 12, 2010 at 11:50pm

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At 1:51am on May 13, 2010, Gabriel Martin said…
Still at it! right on!
At 5:42am on March 24, 2010, Peter Vesterbacka said…
Will bring the wrecking crew along as well;-)
At 4:40pm on March 22, 2010, Gilda Lorena Arias said…
Thanks, I will you know how it goes.
At 7:04am on March 18, 2010, Tomás Boncompte Lezaeta said…
I hope so. You know what they say about good intentions. Nevertheless the idea itself is just too interesting and has so much potential to be my usual cynical self, so yeah, I'm all for being optimist! let's make this happen! [once I learn how it all works, that is :D]
At 7:24pm on March 10, 2010, Kelly-Scott Miles said…
Really? Interesting, but no I have never met them personally, they are pretty well known though. Do you know anyone else here?
At 7:25am on March 9, 2010, Hassan Wekesa said…
Thanks a lot, I am looking forward to the challenge
At 1:37am on March 9, 2010, chris arkenberg said…
Yep, diving in, head first. :)
At 7:38am on March 4, 2010, Dalibor Tomko said…
Gene, when I saw your profile, I had to pause a bit with a mixture of amazement and laughter: I was almost thinking that I was looking at my own profile, just the name, location and languages got messed up a bit :)
At 12:13am on March 4, 2010, Sau Yong said…
Yeah, like it or not, change will come and go. So taking each change in its stride and hope to get the best out of every change! If you ever drop by Taiwan or Singapore (I should probably be back there in a year's time), feel free to call me and I can bring you around ;)
At 10:30am on March 3, 2010, Sau Yong said…
Hi Gene,
You bet I am :) Saw your Linkedin post and decided to join in "just to try something new" :) Hope things are doing great on your side, as we are having bundles of changes over here........
 
 
 

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