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(EVOKATION) The Story of Happiness

UPDATE (August 1, 2010)
To follow, support, and be a part of the project (the winner of an international mentorship and participation in the EVOKE challenge on Global Giving), please go here: http://storyofhappiness.com

ORIGINAL (May 20, 2010)
Here is my completed Evokation, The Story of…

Added by Paul Holze on May 20, 2010 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

(Evokation Draft) Calling all Agents

UPDATE (August 1, 2010)
To follow, support, and be a part of the project, please go here: http://www.storyofhappiness.com

UPDATE (May 20, 2010)
For the final proposal, please go here:…

Added by Paul Holze on May 15, 2010 at 7:00pm — 24 Comments

Meet Buffy B

For those of you who haven't met Buffy B, stop on over and see her work and meet her. She is a good gamer & filmmaker, a great friend, and an even better person.

Here is a sampling of her gift with video:

Evoke Manifesto:…

Added by Paul Holze on May 13, 2010 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

(ACT10) Season Two (unlocked)

Kudos on having "unlocked" this episode's script.

Season 2, Episode 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ada bukit, ada paya - Malay proverb (Where there are hills, there are swamps.)

Page 1, Panel A
Kuala Lumpur,…

Added by Paul Holze on May 12, 2010 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

(LEARN10) Deftero Episodo (That's Greek to me ;-)

First of all, kudos to a job well done to the World Bank Institute, the game developers/writers/administrators, and everyone else involved in putting together Evoke and Season 1. I don't know if that can be said enough. Kudos as well to the thousands of people that have made Evoke Evoke.

Grounded in such a great beginning, below are ideas for the future, the first of which is what I would be most excited about:

HOW would you…

Added by Paul Holze on May 11, 2010 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments


"If we educate a boy, we educate an individual. But if we can educate a girl, we educate a community."
-African proverb via Greg Mortenson-…


Added by Paul Holze on May 11, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

(LEARN6) More than Mothers

Begin here, now.

Just do it ;-)

Thanks in part to Nike, this video has seemingly brought my time here on Urgent Evoke full circle, which perhaps is only appropriate coming on a day that celebrates women and the circle of life. You see, the circle for me…

Added by Paul Holze on May 10, 2010 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

(IMAGINE7) Urbana Resilience Map

What does your city look like at the end of 10 years of resilience development? What important new buildings, spaces, and neighborhoods exist?…


Added by Paul Holze on May 9, 2010 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

(LEARN7) Testimony Together

Identify a crisis you might face locally in the future and what different kinds of data you would track and which information and resources could the Ushahidi platform help you share.

To focus on the potential future crisis identified with my dark site, situations involving "active shooters" and "active threats" are a…

Added by Paul Holze on May 9, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

(LEARN9) At what cost?

Last year about this time an email was sent to all associates of the university at which I work, stating:

"Because of ongoing concerns about the possibility of spreading the flu virus, students receiving degrees and their families should not shake hands at Commencement if they have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as fever and cough."

Reading this, I had to laugh. The irony was killing me. The university, along…

Added by Paul Holze on May 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — 18 Comments

(LEARN8) Truth or (d)ie

When a myth dies, a condor is born.

Living knowledge -- its strength and vulnerability share the same beauty: it is not set in stone. Traditionally, this is not a favorable trait--ages of wisdom can be wiped away in the matter of a generation. At times, though, this vulnerability…

Added by Paul Holze on April 28, 2010 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

(IMAGINE8) Hey everybody, an old man is talking!

It's 2084. I am 100, and the Simpsons are in their 94th season (would be 95th if it wasn't for the animated character strike of 2063...how they held out on being drawn, I will never know). I do know one thing, though, and that is I hope my life has spoken volumes more than anything I can possibly say. In particular, how to live life in meditation.

As Alan Watts said over a century ago: "When we…

Added by Paul Holze on April 28, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

(LEARN5) Heart $utra

On May 12 I will be traveling with my good friend Stephanie to see the Dalai Lama teach from the Heart Sutra in Bloomington, Indiana. With tickets for each session running $30 apiece, plus service and transaction fees totaling another ~$25, the cost by no means breaks the bank but is certainly more than mere chump change. At any rate, I imagine the majority in attendance will be affluent, upper/middle class (or so has… Continue

Added by Paul Holze on April 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

(ACT4) Visionary Ally-nment

"It is not so much of a water shortage crisis, but a water management crisis."

Like the water it held, my time in Ecuador last summer was filled with plastic. A commodity heavily utilized…

Added by Paul Holze on April 13, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

(LEARN3) SimPower not so SimPle

SimCity 2000. It was the wave of the future. Microwave future, that is. Though I wouldn't understand how the word "microwave" applied till years later, the incorporation of a satellite microwave power plant in the 1990's computer game changed my life growing up.

Too strong of words for a utility essentially the equivalent of a 4x4 piece of virtual terrain? Perhaps. But the…

Added by Paul Holze on April 1, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Epic Life

"Instead of providing gamers with better and more immersive alternatives to reality, I want all of us to become responsible for providing the world with a better and more immersive reality."

5 minutes. That's all you need to…

Added by Paul Holze on March 29, 2010 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

(LEARN2) Change in Sight

"Yes, a second green revolution is indeed very essential -- the very need of the hour. But it should not be the same kind of green revolution that the first was."
- P.C. Kesavan -

Food security to me is not just if we have food, but…

Added by Paul Holze on March 19, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

(NEWSKILL) On Living

From Alan Watts in The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are:…


Added by Paul Holze on March 10, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

(LEARN1) Stones into Schools

"Understand by observing the environment, infrastructure, culture and lives of people by being there."

I find this especially valuable regarding the foreign affairs of nations and corporations. The perpetuation of a lot of suffering, conflict, and wars has come at the hands of not just ignorance but alternative interests. While this does not specifically apply to innovation itself, it does speak…

Added by Paul Holze on March 10, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

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This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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