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We're moving very fast, and either I've lost the plot, or it's left me behind...

Why were we in Rio in the first place?
Edit: Six months of power failures, riots over oil in the favelas; thanks Cian!

I grant you, it's a great laboratory for some of our more innovative solutions.
Is that what Evoke is about? Finding communities in crisis to test our methods?
Were we called into Rio, or did we go on our own?
We didn't fix the Favelas. Maybe we couldn't--we certainly aren't the first to have tried.
Edit: We may have stabilized power consumption, and put some exciting pilot technologies out into the field

In Tokyo, we answered the government's Evoke, and averted imminent hunger riots.
Was there an imminent crisis in Rio?
Can Evoke be effective without the pressure of a looming catastrophe?
Did we learn enough to justify the time and energy and money spent there?
Did we risk too much exposure?
Did we do enough for the local community to justify using them as our laboratory/workspace/testing ground?

My own (somewhat overlapping) set of answers to Alchemy's question, Did we fail?:

Whether we failed in Rio depends on why we were there.
By the standards of the Tokyo intervention...
-We did demonstrate a new, promising and creative solutions to the existing problems
-We have not institutionalized those solutions
-We have not distributed the knowledge to put those solutions to work (yet)
-We have not acted under the radar--in fact our best success was very high profile
-We did not avert the crisis...

Seems like a failure, but I have to ask... were we trying to pull off another Tokyo? Who called us to Rio in the first place? Were we responding to an external Evoke? Cruising on our own success/hubris?
Or going out into the field for more experience?

From the field-testing perspective, we gained new insight, new allies, and the exposure doesn't hurt us if it's not undermining the self-empowerment of the local government/community...

So if our goal was a socially beneficial learning opportunity for our network, we succeeded, even if our interventions don't take root.

The question in the end, Alchemy, is how much time do we have to learn from trial and error? And does an appearance of fallibility harm us in other ways as well?

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Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 18, 2010 at 3:48am
they said there were oil riots in the favalas. Alchemy is using the storytelling method called closure. because the governor of Tokyo sent an evoke and because his aid said you have to send an evoke in order to get ahold of the network, our sense of closure allows us to assume that an evoke was sent. as for your other questions, i don't know. I'm a storyteller not a judge of success.
Comment by Wasserperson on March 18, 2010 at 4:01am
Thanks--I've edited to reflect your comments.

I appreciate the "closure" aspect of the storytelling, but to me it's an important detail.
Who are we accountable to for our actions in Rio? It seems like we started our interventions before we had a clear, shared idea of how our actions would scale and gain buy-in.
In Tokyo, we seemed to have those questions answered before we touched down.
Why the difference?
Especially since Tokyo was an emerging crisis, and Rio appears to have been running for months before our arrival?
Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 18, 2010 at 4:28am
I think Alchemy has a policy of being accountable to no one. he told the governor of Tokyo to make things easy for his team then take credit for their innovations, no contracts signed, no money changing hands. Alchemy probobly made deal with whoever sent the Rio evoke where the network got permits for the solar balloons, and the authorities agreed not to interfere with any windmills going up in the hills. if we failed we are accountable to the people of Rio. . . except who was it that failed to follow through on the windmills?

Alchemy might possibly be a genius.
Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on March 18, 2010 at 6:00pm
I think nobody really failed to follow through on the windmills; it just didn't fit with who EVOKE introduced them to. As the last frames show, they might still end up succeeding.
Comment by Wasserperson on March 18, 2010 at 6:35pm
Power without accountability is always dangerous.


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