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Though i've kept on reading posts on EVOKE and commenting here and there, I didn't write anything in the last few days. That's because, being seriously committed to the HOPEPHONES mission I proposed, I've choosen to take some time to further develop it and to prepare the next step, which I hope will turn (only with your help) my idea into a real EVOKE communitary mission.


For all those who still don't know what I'm talking about, just have a look at the posts tagged ACT1 and HOPEPHONES on my blog. I won't bother all the others with repetitions. I liked since the beginning the idea of taking EVOKE as an excuse (a noble excuse, I would say) to play life seriously; and I'm pretty sure many of you have a similar idea, poking your brain while you're in front of the screen, writing your posts. What I'm (almost) proud to announce you today, is an HOPEPHONES map I developed to let EVOKE users sign up and become part of a collective effort. Here's the link (I would have been happy to include it here, but I guess it is not allowed by the platform EVOKE is based on):

So, what should you do with that?

First of all, just consider how much you care for your health. Then ask yourself if there's only one reason in this world, which could justify any other human being deprived of it. Ask yourself what are the fundamental human rights, which every single person should have granted, and if health is among those. I do believe it is the very first one.

I'll skip the passage where I ask you to think about the possible connections which could exist between the wealthy countries' standard of living and that of the developing ones. I'll skip that part because here we don't want to start building on the sense of guilt.

Instead, we want to have ideas and actions sprouting out from positive will, from VISION, INITIATIVE, RESOURCEFULNESS, CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION and COURAGE.
If you agree with that, if you really feel that acting in first person is worthing much more than a bunch of points, then go check where did you left your old mobile phone, ask your relatives, your friends, your colleagues; tell them it is for a good cause.
Collect as many pieces you can, sign up to the map, locate yourself. This way we'll be able to optimize collection, to act efficiently, as a single intelligence with thousands of hands. I'm not saying you'll save the world like that, but it's a good training.
I'm not a professional, as a programmer, then if something goes wrong while signing up don't give up, just let me know by comment or message: I'll fix any bug as soon as possible.

If you don't feel too motivated, think if it was Alchemy asking you that. Would you do it? Would you be proud of doing it, going around and saying how ethical is the game you're playing at? Would you do it more for the points than for the deep sense EVOKE has beyond its playful facade?

Please, please, please, give me a sign that I'm not the only one who really believes in community action.
Talking about smart things, getting more and more knowledge, having our ideas spreaded, and discussed, and developed, it's all great. But it is nothing compared to the huge sense of communion and pride, that you feel when you're able to help somebody, and you're doing it with others.

I trust EVOKE and you all. Please, show me that I'm right.

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Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 18, 2010 at 8:04pm
This is a noble and worth cause. I work in healthcare in Africa and I have seen firsthand what the huge impact that access to information can have on individuals and communities. Considering that more people in Africa have access to phones than than computers and certainly the internet. +1 Courage for taking action
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 18, 2010 at 8:23pm
Stefano, you are not alone and I am in awe that you have actually produced something out if this game already! i have signed up!
Comment by Elastika on March 21, 2010 at 4:11pm
More I think about this concept (and I like it a lot), the more I'm certain, that the most simple and effective solution would be that mobile operators would be also collectors for hopephones.
They are obliged by law (at least in the EU) that they have to collect the broken phones and safely recycle it, so this can be just another task, the service already exists.
In Slovenia all the mobile operators interpret recycling old phones as social responsibility so Hopephone action could also be promoted to them as a social responsibility act.
Comment by Ternura Rojas on March 25, 2010 at 3:16pm
I believe we all toghether can achieve something! this could be the first tangible outcome of this EVOKE project. Count me in!
Comment by Alberto Cottica on March 26, 2010 at 8:42pm
Stefano, grandioso. Se posso ti darò una mano. Con il mio altro cappello mi riesce meglio, credo.
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 2, 2010 at 9:15am
Stefano-- I'm here. Name not showing up on the map, but I'll get my contribution to a center when I go back to the States-- and make sure they know it's from the Evoke network.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 2, 2010 at 10:02am
Great idea, I wonder if there's anything like this in the UK!
Comment by MoE on April 3, 2010 at 4:02pm
Thanks everybody. Sorry I didn't take time to answer your kind comments, until now.
I was (and I'm still) working on the project out of EVOKE. And now that I'm not a real agent anymore, it will be even harder to make you feel my dedication to this project.
But please trust me, it is going on. I'm trying to set up things to let the project work even after and beyond EVOKE; I'm also sending mails to find realistic collectors out of the US.

I would ask those of you who joined the project (with or without mobile availability) to publish a post on your blog (even hyper-short) or picture, to say it. I'd be glad to award you COLLABORATION points. Above all, this would help spreading the word and (hopefully) having more people helping. Big things work only with big participation.

@MAK : I'm soon writing to Josh, asking for the best way for you to give all the mobiles you already collected. You've been simply great! Thanks

@Shakwei : Thanks for your appreciation and for signing up (I hope you got my message). Thanks for reporting New Times' article; I'm not sure the one I read (here; I found here another one, also) is the one you mentioned. If not, I'd be thankful if you send me a direct link. Good news, anyway.

@Ayala : Yours are kind words, but nothing has be done yet, or just very few. I read your "poking my head in to say hi" and share much of what you said there (above all the point 5). I didn't see you around, in these last days: if you're leaving the game I can perfectly understand; I would just keep in touch with you, someway

@Elastika : Good thoutghs, as usual from you :)
Being deeply involved in sustainable IT, I know the WEEE and RoHS directives; and I know they're pushing a lot IT companies to take back their products. I'll email Italian mobile companies to ask how feasible they consider a collaboration. My only doubt is that maybe it wouldn't be that favourable for such companies, as their interests (now and above all in the next future) is to recover and reuse materials from old mobiles, not to give them away.

@Ternura : I hope you won't lose your enthusiasm and your will to be part of the project. I'm still thinking of (and working on) your suggestion for a multi-language project; that is a precious contribution, indeed

@Alberto : dopo questa storia della censura su EVOKE sto prendendomi un po' di tempo per pensare; ma non mollo e un po' d'aiuto mi farebbe comodo. Terrò a mente il tuo cappello :)

@Sarah : thanks for being in. I hope you got my message and that you'll consider the "bridging agent" thing

@Riko : I didn't find anything similar in the UK, yet. But I'm following many tracks. Let me know if you find something I missed
Comment by Ternura Rojas on April 3, 2010 at 5:13pm
Ciao Stefano, grazzie per scribire! I posted the add on my facebook, so we can get more phones, buona pascua, T
Comment by MoE on April 3, 2010 at 5:19pm
Grazie a te per il contributo, Ternura!
That of Facebook is a good idea, I'll spread the voice on my networks (though not a Facebooker, I'm active elsewhere) as the registration map will be upgraded; I'm working on it right now.
Buona Pasqua anche a te :)

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