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A continuation of this conversation. Coming
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**stances 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…

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Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 17, 2010 at 7:11pm
sorry about the wierd line breaks.. i cut and pasted from my word processing software. i'll try to clean it up later but have to tend to my 4 year old! :)
Comment by Ayala Sherbow on March 17, 2010 at 7:12pm
and oh boy does it need proofreading as well. ack! you'll have to forgive me -- juggling the kids and EVOKE!
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 17, 2010 at 7:41pm
Agent Ayala, i can see you have been thinking a lot on what your contributon post week 10 will be and that alone desearves a point for Local Insight, this time local meanin YOU. If there is one thing I have learnt over the past week (and something I see evidence of everyday in my job) is that anything is possible. I have just posted a picture of Kenya who has built a welding machine basically out of nothing. What I am trying to say in my long winded way is do not sell yourself short with your point #2. Off course you CAN develop an EVOKATION that will have a immediate impact on the poorest billion. Go for it!
Comment by MoE on March 17, 2010 at 8:33pm
I just love the way you point things out.
You clearly have a great experience in dealing with people, understanding social dynamics and communicating. You'd be a great mentor but, honestly, I agree with Shakwei: I want you into the game, and I would see your final EVOKATION
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 18, 2010 at 4:05pm
I hear ya sister...
Comment by David Dewane on March 18, 2010 at 4:25pm
All of these are great points well articulated. Clearly the game has some flaws, particularly in the scoring. It is my first day playing and it doesn’t take long to realize that points don’t necessarily equate to substantive input.

Nevertheless, it is a pretty amazing concept and well executed. You've got to give the game designers a lot of credit for what they’ve done.
Comment by Agent H on March 20, 2010 at 7:31pm
Ayala, did you know that you are the player with the most Courage of anyone on Evoke? Just for that alone, I give you another +1 Courage. Also, I respect you for taking the time to focus everyone on what is important: not the game but the life lessons we are sharing.
Comment by Hayden Darrell Linder on March 23, 2010 at 10:30pm
Why are you always trying to get out of something?
There's work to be done!
get to it.

Comment by Jen Shaffer on March 24, 2010 at 2:10pm
I think you have brought up a number of really good points. At this time, I too am struggling with my role in this "game." I've seen some great ideas and some stuff, based on personal experience working in a rural African village, that just would not fly. I'm thinking it might be better for me to step back and try to find a way to mentor folks. Particularly as they work on Evokations.

+1 courage
Comment by Chris Lancaster on April 5, 2010 at 7:36pm
Great comments! Please feel free to mentor me. In particular, take a look at my motivation- it relates to a project that I've recently got up and running, and which I feel some anxiety about from time to time. You're an inspiration. Thank you.


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