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):
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.