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I'm so excited -- tomorrow is Power Day! It's the first global holiday. It commemorates the year the world stopped being dependent on oil, 2018. On Power Day, everyone spends the day unplugged from the grid. Any power that we need is generated by our own work. The holiday is not celebrated on the same day all over the world; it's planned for the spring season, warm mild weather, so it's on a different day depending on where you live. But everyone celebrates it.

Here in California, we usually have nice enough weather that we can have bicycle picnics. In the morning, we pack our lunches into special coolers that are powered by the bicycles we ride, and we hit the trails! You can see hundreds of people, thousands, out on the roads and trails on their bikes. No one drives on Power Day, and the world is very quiet without the hum of machinery.

Some folks celebrate by volunteering to power essential services for hospitals and other places that can't close. I'll be doing that for a few hours after lunch, but first, I'll take a long ride with my friends and we'll sprawl on a grassy hillside in the sun and enjoy the food we prepared. Then we'll all head over to the hospital and work the hand generators in shifts for the afternoon.

Power Day is a quiet, peaceful holiday, a time to remember that although the world was headed down a dangerous path, we managed to turn aside. It's a time to enjoy friends and the feeling of what you can do with your own personal power -- in every sense of the word.

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If you'd like to help plan and carry out a real Power Day for EVOKErs, please see the thread in the forums under Agent Resources & Utilities.
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Comment by Jane McGonigal on March 23, 2010 at 4:36am
POWER DAY! I love it. Does this exist in any communities yet? Wouldn't it be great if Sundays were Power Days? I am really inspired by this post and I would like to try to celebrate at least one Power Day before this first season of EVOKE is over to help bring this creative vision to life. Ninmah, maybe we could create a dicussion/challenge for folks who want to try to celebrate Power Day for real, and report back on the challenges and fun of it? I'm totally on board!
Comment by Jane McGonigal on March 23, 2010 at 4:36am
P.S. I power-voted you spark because you are totally sparking and inspiring me to try this ^_^
Comment by ninmah on March 23, 2010 at 4:46am
Thanks! I don't know of it existing anywhere. I love the idea of the world going quiet for a day, it just captured my imagination. I love the idea of making it a challenge -- I'm in! Do you want to propose it or do you want me to? Either way is fine, but it'll get more traction from you I suspect ;-)

Thanks for the power votes and a big THANKS for your comments! I'm very intrigued by the phrase "this first season of EVOKE" ... !
Comment by Jane McGonigal on March 23, 2010 at 6:07am
Oh, you're the mastermind, you propose it and I will heartily endorse ^_^ I have so many ideas about how to go dark in my apartment building and how to spend the evening dark as well. A power day party that you have to bike or walk to naturally to be admitted.
Comment by ninmah on March 23, 2010 at 6:09am
Consider it done!
Comment by ninmah on March 23, 2010 at 3:57pm
Okay, I started a thread to brainstorm ideas and plan how to carry out a Power Day. Imagine a single day when the wh*** EVOKE network falls silent! Of course, it wouldn't, since it's an international organization and covers every time zone, but it's still an appealing idea.
Comment by Gilda Lorena Arias on March 23, 2010 at 4:11pm
Nice!!

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