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Building on the food security inspiration, and the enormity and complexity of the task, I have a suggestion...

I have really gained a lot of insights into Africa and enjoyed reading peoples posts... and those un-imaginable insights that come from people who are there. This game is an interesting cross over between social networking / activism / on-line games / etc. It seems to me it can be taken to the next or another different level.

So what I would like to suggest is that groups of Evokians and others could get together to collaborate, set their agendas in real time and then continue their collaboration work on-line as well. The opportunity would be get to know one another face-to-face, understand the depth of the issues and really develop an action agenda with a project focus. It would be a great forum to discuss our Evokations, and also see how they fit together. And link with NGO's, investors, charities, businesses, students, government people, etc.

I am offering to facilitate an event here in my home town (Melbourne, Australia) but also anywhere that is practical. I will help to put the first event together here on Thursday 22nd of April 2010 (i.e. just over two weeks time). I will donate my time to facilitate the event, and have a nominal charge to cover costs (free to unwaged / students / Evokians if they choose). This would be a professionally run event to set an agenda on the topic of "Collaboration to transform an African Mega-City into an Eco-City"
and then take action on this agenda. These actions could include press releases, interviews, proposals, research projects, design ideas, technology transfers, etc.

I would propose that we also do this in other cities around the world. For example, I will make myself available in Lagos last week of April 2010 and Johannesburg in the first week of May 2010, Singapore and possibly KL or Shangahai in the Second week of May (just in time for our Evokations). I am happy to travel from these cities also, if the group is keen. These events could then lead to building a practical case study for applying all of our ideas - for example working with the re-invention of Lagos to be a leading global eco-city. The published agendas developed in each location would also provide a rich level of linkage and basis for ongoing interaction.

Looking forward to your comments, and possibly your support with this campaign. Lets go for it. What do you think?

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 6, 2010 at 12:49pm
I agree about the need to meet face-to-face, Brain. In fact that was a big part of the ideas I put forward in my response to Alex Stovell's Dragon-slaying challenge. The problem, for me is that there just don't seem to be many people playing here in Prague. I've contacted everyone who listed Prague on their profile, but most have not responded. I'm still trying to recruit players from among friends here, but I think it's unlikely I'll find more than one or two. I might also think about contacting people in the Washington DC area, where I'll be in a few weeks-- but I won't have a lot of time there.

Of course your proposal goes far beyond anything I was thinking of-- and certainly it's a great cause. I do wonder, though, if you're talking about transforming a city in a country other than your own, whether it wouldn't be better to start by asking the city's residents what they would like to see changed.
Comment by Peter Hodgson on April 6, 2010 at 5:55pm
Oh boy Lagos! Tom, did you know that Nigeria is perceived (by Nigerians) as the most corrupt country in the world. I was too young to remember but I wouldn’t be surprised if it really is.

Even so, I think your idea is great. At the moment I am tied up in Malaga so the most I can do is to help out online.

Best of luck, Peter
Comment by Black Panther 12 on April 8, 2010 at 9:21am
Hi everyone!

I am working on developing a face to face food security group that uses existing platforms to coordinate public actions and meet-ups. This sounds right up the alley I am looking around in. And Sarah I live in Washington, D.C. and this is where I am attempting to coordinate the group.

We would work on food security through learning and teaching each other sustainable agriculture techniques. My plans is that once we have enough knowledge we can plant crops and gardens in our backyards and then work on sowing seeds throughout respective communities in the D.C. Metro area. I am still developing a way to meet those goals and am grateful for any feedback that can be given to improve upon the idea.
Comment by Black Panther 12 on April 8, 2010 at 9:33am
I actually found a group that is already dealing with food security in Washington, D.C. If anyone is interested here is the site. http://commongoodcityfarm.org/
Comment by BrainStampede on April 8, 2010 at 10:57am
Thanks for your comments Sarah... yes it is a ways away. Not exactly my home town! But the inspiration did come from Lagos itself. The reason for this focus is that I have been invited to speak and run workshops there - later this month. Please see this link to my website to to get an idea on the direction for this event. As you could image, I felt that it was a cosmic set up when I came across Evoke... right at the time that I am going to Africa...
Comment by BrainStampede on April 8, 2010 at 11:00am
Peter - thanks for the encouragement (with a dose of reality). It is a big ask and we will see what the results are... if you are interested to help on this mini campaign within a campaign I would appreciate the help. I have acted on my idea - got blood to my head and have put the event together. Watch out for the next ACT....


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