Urgent Evoke

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(Evokation) The Story of Happiness

"Seems like a great idea!"
May 19, 2010
Chris Ke Sihai commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post The Future of Evoke
"Hehe, imagine candidates in an election being questioned about their Evoke scores. In order to impress the voters they would have to go out and persuade all their friends and supporters to participate. Evokations would become manifestos for…"
May 18, 2010
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Evoke Game Criticism

I came to Evoke in large part because I enjoy seeing interesting ideas. The intersection between game design and other disciplines of social analysis and manipulation is fascinating. That includes the use of social networking software and social psychology to make more addictive games (for example, Farmville), the use of games to enhance marketing and customer participation (Foursquare), or using games to persuade people to spend more effort on otherwise unappealing or frustrating tasks (The…See More
May 17, 2010
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Community Organizing Example: The Barefoot College

(Finishing a few missions before wrap-up.)The Barefoot College in India is an interesting example of how to create synergy between indigenous knowledge and modern technology and ideas. Among other projects, they've been working on electrifying rural villages with solar power.Some key ideas they use in meeting this goal:- For community improvement projects, import the necessary…See More
May 16, 2010
Mita Williams commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post The Future of Evoke
"Thanks for your suggestions Samuel. I particularly like the idea of trying to get politicians to play the next season of Evoke!"
May 10, 2010
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The Future of Evoke

Challenges to tackle:Slavery, human trafficking, and labor conditions; the future of workPolitical repression; fighting for freedoms and political powerClimate changeWhere to focus:ChinaThe Middle EastWho to encourage to play:StudentsPoliticiansHow to change the game:Less ripping off Heroes. That show isn't even well-written to begin with.Less rather arbitrary seeming point-systems (more less-arbitrary point systems?), more recognition of accomplishments.Less typing, more doing things in the…See More
May 8, 2010
Chris Ke Sihai commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post Three Counter-Intuitive Principles of Trust-Building
"Excellent post!"
May 5, 2010
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Three Counter-Intuitive Principles of Trust-Building

Building and maintaining public trust is key if you want a coordinated disaster response effort. If people don't trust those responding to the disaster, they won't be cooperate, and may act in counter-productive ways. Without trust, coordination goes out the window.The Nieman Guide to Covering Pandemics mentions a few interesting,…See More
May 5, 2010
Paul Holze commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post Will There Be Indigenous Knowledge in the Future?
"Enjoyed your thinking out of the box"
Apr 29, 2010
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Acc**ulate the Difference

Not so much a personal symbol as a suitable symbol for any electrical and/or computer engineer.The humble op-amp is a simple circuit, but can be used to construct all manner of useful devices. It's a key intermediate unit in learning about feedback…
Apr 28, 2010
Teresa R commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post Farmpunk Retro
"Thanks for all these amazing book recommendations!!"
Apr 28, 2010
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Will There Be Indigenous Knowledge in the Future?

By that, I'm not asking whether the indigenous knowledge of today will be preserved decades into the future. Though that's an interesting question in its own right.But even given a radical reversal in the trend of communication and transportation costs, I don't see new groups becoming culturally isolated in the near future. Nor do I see the groups that are currently somewhat isolated remaining so. (And given…See More
Apr 28, 2010
Paul Holze commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post Riot Response
"very insightful..."
Apr 26, 2010
Paul Holze commented on Samuel Freilich's blog post It's As Much About Coordination as Currency
"These are some great resources!"
Apr 26, 2010
Samuel Freilich posted a blog post

No One Resilience Plan for Boston

I'd expect that Boston is actually likely to be a fairly resilient city. On a port, access to a (now relatively healthy) waterway. On major rail routes. Moderately walkable. Decent public transit. Fairly strong civil and medical services. Not located in an area that's geologically active. Some concerns about flooding, but otherwise little concern about storm-related disasters.I couldn't find a centralized summary of Boston's plan for resilience, but there seem to be a large number of efforts or…See More
Apr 21, 2010
Samuel Freilich commented on Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu's blog post Eaarth
"You really should cite your sources."
Apr 17, 2010

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Evoke Game Criticism

I came to Evoke in large part because I enjoy seeing interesting ideas. The intersection between game design and other disciplines of social analysis and manipulation is fascinating. That includes the use of social networking software and social psychology to make more addictive games (for example, Farmville), the use of games to enhance marketing and customer participation (Foursquare), or using games to persuade people to spend more effort on otherwise unappealing or frustrating tasks (The… Continue

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Community Organizing Example: The Barefoot College

(Finishing a few missions before wrap-up.)



The Barefoot College in India is an interesting example of how to create synergy between indigenous knowledge and modern technology and ideas. Among other projects, they've been working on electrifying rural villages with solar power.



Some key ideas they use in meeting this goal:



- For community improvement… Continue

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 4:53am

The Future of Evoke

Challenges to tackle:

  • Slavery, human trafficking, and labor conditions; the future of work

  • Political repression; fighting for freedoms and political power
  • Climate change
Where to focus:

  • China
  • The Middle East
Who to encourage to play:

  • Students
  • Politicians
How to change the game:

  • Less ripping off Heroes. That show isn't even well-written to begin with.
  • Less rather…
Continue

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 6:55am — 2 Comments

Three Counter-Intuitive Principles of Trust-Building

Building and maintaining public trust is key if you want a coordinated disaster response effort. If people don't trust those responding to the disaster, they won't be cooperate, and may act in counter-productive ways. Without trust, coordination goes out the window.



The Nieman Guide to Covering Pandemics mentions a few interesting,… Continue

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 5:54am — 1 Comment

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It's impossible to find a good solution to a problem you don't understand. I think that the first place to start when looking for a solution is understanding the problem by listening to the people it impacts the most. The knowledge one gains creates a foundation for a solution to be built on.Listening to the right people also leads to understanding the circ***tances of the problem: what other social, cultural or political elements contribute to this problem? What has already been tried? Who…See More
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