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Everyday I decided that I will post a photo for my friends on the EVOKE network.

I would like to get ideas from all of you what that photo means to you personally. What it means now or holds in store for the future.

PHOTO1 - Naples, Italy

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Comment by Jake Baird on March 6, 2010 at 5:42am
This picture means to me FEAR. I fear that eventually people will stop caring and the world will be a cluttered mess. The Disney movie WALL-E paints a good picture of it. It's up to the minority to stand up and prevent it from happening.
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 5:46am
My initial response is "public management". Someone in that city really messed up ;)

Then I thought of "consumerism". This is a well-known issue, so I will not say more.

Then I thought of things like "what should we do about our massive trash?" Things like radioactive waste, or CO2 from industry, or waste management in rapidly developing countries like China.

I love your idea of a daily picture blog here on EVOKE. If I could, I would give you +10 Creativity points for that alone. Since I can't, I will just have to give you +1 :D
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 6, 2010 at 7:04am
Crisitunity: The fake Japanese word for opportunities brought about by crisis.
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 7:16am
@Nick: But the opportunity is only harvested if people actually USE the opportunity. On this site, I see several examples of "keep it simple", "use available means". Things like "ooh! Look! someone is using an old tire to plant flowers! so cool! so ingenious!" and meanwhile, here in the west, ever more elaborate and beautiful flower-pots etc are created.

Don't get me wrong. I Dig the ingenuity and creativity that for instance afrigadget is so good at showcasing. But just because they are creative in using old metal, doesnt mean that we should necessarily think that things are "ok". that we should just stop at the praise, "oh look how cute! he made a helicopter out of scapped metal".

It's a joke if we dont take things to the next level, of introducing ways in which some of these things can be marketed, sold to others.

It's almost like hackers who just look at the technical and feature-wise aspects of a product, and the aesthetical side is lost in the process. Not deemed important.

(I have Nothing against hackers, and a few hackers are people I consider friends).

So: How do we use the opportunities that crisis gives us? What do you mean? What opportunities do people who lost their homes in Chile get?

Sure, crisis is also a radical change, and sometimes for the better. We Do have examples where people say "It was only after I lost my home that I really started to value my Daily Moments". Where they can build a new life. But try say "crisitunity" to victims. Some will feel like it's a slap in their face.

So: What do we do, concrete steps, to ensure that opportunities Are being Created, and Used, in moments of crisis?

Lets keep the discussion going! :D
Comment by Emil Dimitrov on March 6, 2010 at 7:20am
I think you'd like to see this video :)
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 6, 2010 at 8:20am
Well then lets bring some damned biodegradable organic polymers encapsulated in waterproof wax to market.

Or something.

Hemp? Amaranth? Flax Seeds?

Biomass polymers *COULD* potentially supplement plastics, but there's always the issues of diverting food, using too much water, energy, etc to grow them, depleting soil...

Gotta be some solution.
Comment by Jake Baird on March 6, 2010 at 1:03pm
I love the feedback everyone! Seeing everyones mind moving is the wh*** purpose of this. :)
Comment by Jake Baird on March 6, 2010 at 1:54pm
Thank you very much for the insight Giovanni! :)
Comment by Brad Lewis on March 6, 2010 at 6:52pm
Jake, Nice post - just power voted you for it! Keep up the goods, man! Brad
Comment by Lazar Veljković on March 6, 2010 at 7:34pm
This picture means a lack of solidarity and lack of respect for public places. Second thing is politics of Neples people who are in charge, but it is first of all something that should be taken care of by people who live in that neighborhood. Direct action is a must in this case, a must! When nobody cares, nothing is done.

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