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Feeling my way toward some EVOKATIONS?

Brainstorming about where this could go:

From where I sit [which I admit is a limited view as I am following about 100 friends at the moment, probably less than `10% of currently registered agents] I see some key streams of conversations developing around which real collaboration might take place:

- a call to get the word out about LifeWrap and reduce maternal mortality in under-developed areas

- a call to spark a global urban/farm punk gardening movement. to encourage small community gardens to flourish "on every city block"

- a call to support rural communities and individual families around the world to begin to grow some of their own food. [so many conversations about this from my friends that i couldn't choose one ti highlight]

- a call to explore affordable and scalable energy solutions for Africa

- a call to explore cutting edge small-scale agricultural techniques that are more sustainable, including aquaponics, hydroponics, permaculture and others. [also a pervasive conversation right now]

- a call to see how others can facilitate, support these initiatives.

Progress on these ideas is currently being made in the following ways:

- people are providing research and links to more information about techniques to implement the above ideas

- people are helping to brainstorm how these ideas might be implemented.

- people are researching whether existing organizations are doing something similar -- looking for mentors and potential collaborators

The EVOKE Agents currently involved in these streams of conversation each bring different resources and strengths to the table:

- Some of us live in more developed countries and may be able to enlist other influential agents to these projects.

- Some of us have specialized skill sets specifically relevant to one or more of these projects.

- Some of us live in communities that would be ideal to launch pilot projects to explore the power and possibility of these projects.

At the moment, I am wondering if it would be possible to create an on-line EASY TO USE data portal where these projects could continue to be managed at a group level. I know that there are some of us involved in these conversations who see that our contribution might be in facilitating. Facilitating the networking and collaboration that would make these projects possible.

I am starting to see a vision in my head:

A small network of pilot projects in 3 or 4 strategic communities around the world. The pilot projects would not necessarily be identical - but they would have similar goals. The would be supported by a infrastructure that allowed them to communicate with one another and exchange best practices.

The people "on the ground" in the pilot communities would be immersed in the day-to-day effort of launching and running the programs. The network of support facilitators would help manage the infrastructure that allowed these pilot projects to communicate and collaborate on-line *and* continue to get the word out and network about these projects so that other projects, govt agencies, ngos, funders, volunteers could find these projects and join in.

I have started a google doc with these ideas. Feel free to add to it if you are inspired.

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Comment by Alex Stovell on March 17, 2010 at 10:47am
You make some great points here Ayala. It's been bothering me that there does appear to be a lack of focussed effort to dig deeper and start making things happen, so your big picture view of things is great to see as it's all too easy to get lost in the detail, losing sight of the greater purpose that we, as a network, have the potential to step up to. Maybe the evolution of the game through the weekly missions will build us into something greater where our potential can be unleashed on selected projects - I certainly hope it will - but I also think that waiting for it to happen is not acceptable, we need to step up and drive things forward. Count me in - as you know, I've been trying to kick-start some targetted idea generation, but have only had limited success so far. Visibility is one of the most precious commodities on the EVOKE network - so anything we can do to link up the facilitators and knowledge sharers with those on the ground in locations that could benefit from our work has got to be good :)
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 17, 2010 at 4:48pm
Alex, there was a time in my life where i would have just taken an idea and run with it. It would have been completely my "baby." A lot would have been created, some good would have been done, but none of it would have been sustainable and it would have fallen short of what it could have been if I had been willing -- or knew how -- to work in genuine collaboration with people.

I really see my role here as facilitating, synthesizing, helping to develop and discover a structure that can support other people's brilliance and action. I am hoping I can help throwing out these frameworks that people can then build on.

We'll see.
Comment by Jenn on March 18, 2010 at 8:18pm
Ayala, I totally agree! There's a definite need for facilitation to move ideas forward and to make collaboration easier. I'm confused but really interested in how this can happen on Evoke, which is the main reason I'm here. Please let me know how I can help. (Maybe we can add this to the discussion list on Sat?) :)


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