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Share some things we've gained from Evoke

I'd like to take an opportunity to reflect on our time here on Evoke. Let's share some of the Epic wins and great connections during Season 1.


I had my first epic win when I realized I was speaking to the creator of the site, Jane McGonigal.


The second thing that happened to me while on Evoke was a complete perspective change on the world! Learning about everything going on in the world...problems which seemed unthinkable to me such as lack of…
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Added by Nicholas Nagao on May 13, 2010 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

Evoke Manifesto

What are the goals of the network? How does it work?
Evoke creates an environment which promotes collaboration and research on important and often untaught problems. This is done through Missions presented by Evoke to agents. The addition of Achievements and Rune stones, as well as the Leader Cloud add to the motivation to both learn and contribute, as well as help others with their missions. This collaboration often creates sparks far outside the initial goals set forth by the…
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Added by Nicholas Nagao on May 13, 2010 at 5:27am — No Comments

What I define as Risk

I'm not an expert on crisis management or epidemics, but I feel like I think logically and do have experience measuring risk in my own field. In this article, the speaker describes risk as hazard + outrage. While I understand the point he's trying to make about public perception being equally important as the hazard, I found his conclusions quite… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on May 13, 2010 at 4:17am — 3 Comments

My friend's experience with super inflation in the Ukraine

Working in the Financial Services industry, money is of particular interest to me. Not just making money, but understanding what it is, how it works, and what I can do with that knowledge. As many people are aware or are discovering thanks to this mission, money is just a piece of paper unless someone values it to be worth something. I'm going to speak about super inflation, and use my friend as an example because I think it helps illustrate the last point I made....money is just… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on May 5, 2010 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Doctors can lie to women about medical tests?

This story wasn't in the suggested list of topics, but I just read on CNN about the new legislation Oklahoma just passed protecting doctors from being sued if they lie to a mother about potential defects they may have found during fetal testing. I'm going to write about it anyway, because I feel it touches on some very controversial, but important issues somewhat related to abortion and a woman's right to choose, which I will relate to Mission… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on May 1, 2010 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Corruption, international bribery...and the World Bank?

There have been some questions about who the World Bank is, and what their motives are behind UrgentEvoke. I haven't paid it much attention, as I believe that there is a lot of good coming out of the project regardless as to what THEY get out of it. For instance, I've become extremely active in learning and teaching about the things brought up by the game. On top of that, I can see that at least a few of my friends have become interested and are also spreading the word. With all that said, I… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 29, 2010 at 11:00pm — 46 Comments

How to be heard on the internet!

I've been making significant progress on getting our messages out to the world and wanted to share some of the things I'm doing with the community so they might be able to help and/or use some of these techniques on their own.



First I've created a social network for current events, including about 1/2 of the blogs and %75 of the site dedicated to alternative energy and other issues I've begun learning about here on Evoke. I've made it easy to find and… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 27, 2010 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

Getting the word out about the Fresh Water Crisis

I will be taking on this mission in a few different ways. First I will be doing blogs and using other media outlets to put together a complete view of all the problems the world is facing concerning fresh water, including developed and undeveloped countries. Second, I will be working with representatives of the Austin City Council to explore other options to building a new Water Treatment Center on Lake Travis. As I've mentioned in a few of my blogs, I believe part of getting these important… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Toronto in 2020

At first site it doesn't appear that much has changed, but take a closer look, and here are some things you'll notice.



Rooftop Gardens on every rooftop







Find more photos like this on Urgent Evoke







Upgrades to the old public transportation systems like kinetic power systems installed all along the rails and in the subway stops.…



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Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 21, 2010 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Research & News Social Network

Hello Everyone,



While preparing for Evoke Missions, I have come to the same conclusion over and over, but didn't have a good solution until now.



Here is the problem. Every week when a new mission is released, I notice a lot of us find the same article, videos, etc and post about them. That's fine, but when you get to a mission late, you're left wondering how much of what you're finding has already been talked about. So you might go and do some searches to see, or if you don't… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 17, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Become a News Aggregator in your Social Network

In today's world of social networks, portal sites, and personal home pages, there is a WEALTH of news and information. In fact there's almost too much to process coherently. I'm writing this blog to express

an idea you may or may not have thought of, and to show you how I've

built some tools that can help you realize the importance of being a

News Aggregator in your Social Network.



I have recently made an effort to use and understand social networks such as…

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Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 13, 2010 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Suggestion for Evoke

I initially started this blog with 1 suggestion, but I'm finding a few others I think that would be useful. In the past I've written similar blogs and the site implemented a few, so I figured I'd give it another try.



1. Add user blogs as examples in mission descriptions

I have been going through trying to complete the missions, because I realized how much I have been learning by having some direction with my thought… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 11, 2010 at 3:30pm — 23 Comments

Practical Water Planning

I began this mission the way many of the agents here I imagine, by searching google. However, after thinking about all these amazing inventions and issues, I began thinking about my friend Abe, who I've mentioned a few times before. He is currently living off the grid in Mexico, and his insight into not just how to build a windmill, but how to think about the entire problem was invaluable to me. So instead of just looking for neat new ideas on how to solve the problems, I decided to take a look… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 10, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments

My home grown meal in 2020

Well, I still can't get enough of this salmon, which has been raised in a permaculture environment. The flavors the rich ecosystem give the fish rival the best cuts of sashimi I've had at any Japanese restaurant. My dog looks happy with her portion of the salmon as well. I never realized how much even our pets would benefit from having such great responsible food sources. Now that the price of salmon… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 9, 2010 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Community Rooftop Garden

I recently moved to Toronto and with the move I started working in a new office. About a week after I started at the new office, people jokingly told me to go find the way to get to the roof because they had some kind of patio and garden up there. Well, at the time, we were still in our "breaking in" period, and I had just found out that contrary to what my colleagues had told me...Canadians do NOT like to be called American just because they reside in NORTH America. Anyways, about 2 months… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 9, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Your own family social network

Hey everyone,



I just wanted to share something that I feel has brought my family closer, and something you can do easily to bring any social group you care about together.



Since being involved on Evoke, I have been researching the technology it's built on. They use a service called ning.com, who provides the software that created the basic social networking site we are all using. You can go to ning.com and create your own site just like this for any social network you want to… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 8, 2010 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Urban Windmills from...anything I can find

I have recently been very interested in alternative energy, and specifically ways that people living in an urban environment can begin helping with the global energy crisis. Since moving to Toronto, one of the things which has surprised me most is how windy it is (especially on a 15th floor apartment). With a great balcony and a very windy location, I have decided to try and run some experiments to start creating alternative energy sources that are small and easy to implement for people living… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 8, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Food is linked to fuel in "developed" nations

While the "developed" countries such as the United States and Canada are not currently suffering from the food shortages seen in many African Nations, there are those of us that believe the trickle effect our fuel and energy "hunger" is going to cause a food shortage or at least high food prices which will lead to change or food shortages. As I eluded to in this blog, I think the idea of "localization" is key to solving… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on April 6, 2010 at 1:22pm — No Comments

How to encourage rather than compensate

I've given the idea of "Votes" and "Points" on Evoke some more thought, just because I like the concept of games and using recognition as a reward. I would like to propose a solution to what everyone has been talking about with regards to finding "hidden treasures" and new users. I think there should be a leaderboard based on how many comments and votes people make. If such a leaderboard existed, the people with the most comments and votes given would be the people exposed to the most… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on March 29, 2010 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

RSS Feeds from Evoke...a way to keep up with blogs from people you want to keep up with

I just found an amazingly useful feature that Evoke has provided to all of us that write blogs here. It's called an RSS feed. What it does is, it broadcasts our blogs to anyone who has this RSS URL bookmarked. Here's how to use it so that you can keep up with people here, or you can send the URL to your friends and family so they can keep up with your blogs (In case you were wondering, our blogs are publicly viewable, as I had my family read them and they had no problem and didn't need to… Continue

Added by Nicholas Nagao on March 29, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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Ten years from now I will be in a political job assisting with people in the midlands of South Carolina particularly the rural working class and farmers. As the class of people that feed the nation I find that it is imperative that we assist with making sure they produce as much food as possible. I would like to support local scientists as well that are leading in research on how to produce food more efficiently. I will also be participating in missions to foreign countries to help people with…See More
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https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zQ49AvLkhA2w.kfbaOGer-lQYIf you click my link to my custom map using Google My Maps you will see the addition of a Emergency Shelter to be used in case of a tidal wave or other event from the sea. Included are new emergency routes on what will be an expanded highway to allow traffic to flow in the event of an emergency.See More
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The secret was living on the water via boats common in many developing countries like Myanmar. This is a real Indian boat home made of wood and this provides a shelter for many peoples around the world.
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