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A Evoke Redesign Idea for Engaging All Agents' Talents.

Quick Note: I had an epiphany a few days ago and couldn't write a thing on here until it got hammered out in my head. I'm sorry to those for whom English is not their best language 'cause this is going to use a lot of technical terms and complicated phrasing.

I feel my talents are being misused. Now, I don't mean used for 'evil', persay, but that the current structure of the EVOKE system has not allowed for the exercise of people who are talented in the fields of administration and network theory. As anyone with half a brain can see, the challenge/evidence system gives credit to innovators and micro-inventors who design little things to build that can solve the local problems. Now, by extension, by focusing on the smaller, more efficient designs, the game has blocked out people such as myself who are great at administrating large groups of people, ideas, resources or data due to the individualist structure of "agent-driven evidence submission".

My request is that the game incorporate some aspect where the administratively gifted individuals could hammer out innovative systems for solving problems much in the same way that their peers are designing innovative ideas. An example is in order: in a previous challenge's comic, characters constructed a windmill that provided power to a small village. This is a brilliant invention that, however, presupposes an organized network of agents (of which the frustrated woman was one) who were spreading the Evoked ideas around the planet. Also, the resources to build and utilize the generator were presumed to be on hand. So, why can't the current EVOKE system allow for agents to design methods of bringing the vast quantities of magnets and electrical wires from wherever they are to wherever they're needed?

To connect this to the current challenge, currency, I could and probably will eventually bang out a blog post about how a virtual/digital currency could unite the fractured countrysides of Africa and Asia and allow the globalization of the economy to build a sustainable market where once there was only the chaos of local demand. However, if this was to be grounded in reality, I would need to build/design a network of satellite or broadband-based banks connected to the local markets and accessible at all times. Now we're talking power, data, infrastructure, handheld electronic bank identification systems, etc. Each one of those is a separate problem more suited for the current EVOKE system but each one is, alone, nearly meaningless.

The proposed solution is that some (small number of) members gain the ability to issue private challenges similar to the public ones already in place. These 'subsection admins' would break down the main problem into detailed separate challenges as I did above, submit the idea to the public who would choose to complete or ignore any challenge as they saw fit, receive the ideas from the involved agents and weave the best ones into a coherent collection of workable solutions. The individuals could still receive the power points with, perhaps, an added bonus for the "collaboration/entrepreneurship/knowledge-share" that distributed networking implies. The heads of successful challenges could receive points proportional to the public perception of the pieces (i.e. SUM[points of parts]/10 or something like that).

In this way, individuals with particularly good ideas would be highlighted for praise due to their work in the collaborative endeavor and the 'network nerds' could involve themselves in a way the game is not currently geared for the betterment of all parties involved. People feel happier when they feel more connected to useful results. This will bring more useful results than twenty thousand people wondering how awesome micro-lending is.

What would EVOKE get out of this? A number of complete strategies built from the ground up of workable, coherent ideas formed into actionable battle plans.

I'll close with a quote from a particularly feisty artificial intelligence: "Thank you for helping us help you help us all."

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Comment by Colinos on April 4, 2010 at 10:56pm
Have a gold star too. This sounds like a grand idea, and I feel could have potential for collaborative projects in Real Life, too. Imagine a webpage devoted to say, building a school. This could be split into parts and smaller parts and smaller parts - until you get to individual working units fairly small in size (say 1-4 hours). Any one person could log in and contribute a work packet. That way hundreds of people could give only a fraction of their time to make a big difference!
Comment by Colinos on April 4, 2010 at 10:57pm
I think I feel an evokation coming on....
Comment by Chris Frueh on April 5, 2010 at 12:52am
Thanks. I felt this killed two birds with one stone: on one hand, I feel it would give people a greater connection to the change envisioned by the game makers and, on the other, it would FINALLY make me feel useful =D
Comment by Chris Frueh on April 5, 2010 at 1:44pm
I should have put this earlier but I'm interested in any criticism. If anyone has an idea as to why this wouldn't be better than the current model or some unforeseen consequence, I'd love your input.
Comment by Chelsea Howe on April 5, 2010 at 2:06pm
Chris - this sounds like a great way to engage untapped players and I think you should totally dive into this project. Right now, a lot of agents are creating their own mini challenges and putting them up to the network, usually with a request that all subsequent posts have a unique tag (NETWORK, say?). Us game runners would gladly feature a blog that tried out a new mini-game or worked to improve and build on EVOKE's system.

Run with this! Feel free to send me a note (If you could put my name in the header, that'd be super helpful - I've got tons of spam to wade through) when you create your first mini-challenge post and we can make sure that it gets featured or even highlighted in the sidebar. If you can keep track of the resulting posts, I'll gladly work behind the scenes to distribute the points that you've suggested :)
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 5, 2010 at 2:25pm
I agree, Chris-- in fact, perhaps we could go even farther and allow people to adopt types of roles that were best suited to their talents-- the way it works in many role-playing games. This post by Jane Crowley may be typical of how a lot of people feel-- except that, unlike Jane, many may not have the courage and to stick around until they find a place where they can contribute.

Also, as Floatstone has said here, and I've said on my Dragon-slaying post it would be wonderful if we could have some kind of group pages within Evoke for 'guilds', 'inns' or whatever we want to call them. If that's not possible on the Ning platform, there are other possibilities-- but I think having it be a formal part of the game would be idea.
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 5, 2010 at 2:26pm
'would be ideal', I meant to say. Sorry!
Comment by Floatstone on April 5, 2010 at 3:11pm
@ Chris.
Excellent views Chris. EVOKE can vertainly use the input of people who have a talent for panoramic views and meta structures.

I would love to be able to be called upon for the specific talents I have. Thinking that suggestions out for a while...
Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 5, 2010 at 3:25pm
I have a project, I need people with computer skills to work on it. I need administrators to run it. Its too big for me to do by myself and I am frustrated with trying to keep this going by myself. I don't know how to ask other evoke members for help and I don't know if its even fair of me to do so.
Your idea is sorely needed.
It great to generate ideas, but what use are ideas if they aren't acted upon? Or worse, because you didn't know they were there, they died when you could have helped.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 5, 2010 at 4:16pm
I think we can have everything. We have a space for people with specific solutions and Evokations http://blog.urgentevoke.net/2010/04/04/what-does-an-evokation-look-... are the space for collaborative projects. In blogs you can share your ideas, like this one where I talk more about systemic solutions rather than just a gadget http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/food-energy-water-patterns


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