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Favourite secret from the evidence:
"Innovate on existing platforms (We’ve got bicycles and mobile phones in Africa, plus lots of metal to weld. Innovate using that stuff, rather than bringing in completely new tech.)"

This is key. As Lao Tzu so wisely put it:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

It's my favourite secret because it reveals what we have to work with, as opposed to what we don't. This seems like a good jumping off point, as the gearing on a bicycle can be re-purposed to make an efficient generator, whether it is human, wind, or water powered. Having a lot of scrap metal to weld with furthers this goal. This raises some questions for me though... do they have welding gear? If you need to build a power generator, how do you get the power to weld it together? Assuming for a moment that we provide welding equipment and a portable power source, how do we ensure it lands in the hands of the people who will use it for the best and widest reaching effects?

Reading through this evidence gave me more questions than answers, but it is good to be raising the questions.

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Comment by Adam Sunman on March 18, 2010 at 3:41pm
glad it's got you thinking. have a look at other people's responses to the same mission and see if any of your questions are answered!!! +1 for local insight !
Comment by Philip Wood on March 18, 2010 at 3:43pm
Thanks Adam, am doing exactly that! Finding some fascinating ideas too.
Comment by HF Yambao on March 18, 2010 at 4:35pm
that is why it is also important that we have faith in society itself. we should believe that, by nature, every person is good.
Comment by Andrea Cooper on March 18, 2010 at 9:06pm
My favorite part about EVOKE is that it forces me to ask questions that I wouldn't normally ask. This is such an amazing and important part of the process! +1 knowledge share for giving me some questions to think about also.
Comment by Alyssa Laurel Crum on March 18, 2010 at 10:46pm
Providing technology and skills to places will always have its questionable effects, but hopefully we can provide them with tools that they will use wisely. + 1 Local Insight.
Comment by Philip Wood on March 18, 2010 at 11:50pm
Aid resources in Afghanistan and Haiti have frequently been horded and controlled, I've heard of similar situations occurring in Africa. In many instances the local population isn't even aware that anything was sent at all. I am with HF in thinking that people are inherently good, but I also believe that power corrupts. I don't for a moment think that we should do nothing... but we do need to be very careful about which specific individuals we empower. The wisdom to make those decisions can only be gained with extensive fieldwork. Thanks for the comments Agents!
Comment by Hayden Darrell Linder on March 19, 2010 at 4:24pm
I don't know if I agree that society is good by nature. I think it has the potential to be but you have to work for it. Much like the people in this game. How mnay more of us pullled up this game and decided it just wasn;t for us?

Pecimism asside, did I spell that right?, I like your questions Philip. And getting answers to those questions is exactly how you resolve issues.

Very good work, +1 Local Insight form me.

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