A continuation of this conversation
a bit late to the conversation, but I had some of thoughts:
(1) My understanding is that ultimately winning this game -- earning an award or a trip to the DC summit or a funding award for your project -- does not necessarily require being at the top
of the leader boards. I am quite certain
that we will have to submit a specific EVOKATION at the close of the 10 weeks
in order to compete for those awards -- and while the "judges" may
take point totals under consideration -- it will be easy to separate the wheat
from the chaff no matter what the totals are.
(2) I have in fact been wrestling with this tension from the beginning, since I have been in the top 12 or so since the very start and I am very aware that my
life circ***tances are such that I cannot run off and dig wells in Africa at
the close of the game. So, personally, I
am unlikely to develop an EVOKATION that will have a immediate impact on the
poorest billion. From where I sit in
Virginia, you know?
(3) In light of these facts, I have made it my mission to encourage, mentor, highlight, promote those ideas and agents who have the possibility of creating
an EVOKATION “on the ground” so to speak.
I have been trying to use whatever “power" the leader board gives my for "good.” And trying to spread that power and visibility around. There is no doubt that being toward the top
of the leader board gives one more visibility.
I am trying to use that visibility in service to what we’re all about
(4) On a personal note. I keep my own private score in my head that is much lower than my leaderboard score. In my head, I subtract the +100 courage I won
from Alchemy almost immediately, and I subtract the +20 or so that would come
from giving myself one pt per submission.
It’s a matter of personal integrity for me that even subtracting those
numbers, I still would be scoring high.
It lets me feel a sense of integrity and rightness about the game. It seems to show me that one some level, the
points do reflect that other agents are finding value in what I am offering.
(5) Lastly, because of the tension I perceive between my success in the game and the role I really feel I can offer – I have twice e-mailed EVOKE asking them to
make me an official moderator – a point giver – instead of a competitor. I
think it’s clear the game would benefit from more of them. I have never received a reply. ::shrug::
Anyway, that's my 2 cents…