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This is the seed of an idea that started in my IMAGINE3 assignment: Power Day, a day when everyone everywhere turns off the power, leaves the cars at home, and celebrates the basic power of being human. Jane McGonigal suggested that we try to make it a real day for EVOKErs, and anyone else we can convince, sometime before the May 12 EVOKATION date.

In my imagined story, people celebrated by having picnics and parties that they bike to (or walk to, although I didn't mention walking), and also volunteer to take turns hand-powering essential equipment that needs to be powered all the time.

What do you think? Could we do this? How can we plan it? What would it look like? Can we give the EVOKE network the gift of a day without consuming power?

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I thought about this a little more, and came up with 3 levels of participation:

Uncommon: Flip No Switches
* Don't turn anything on, the wh*** day.
* Prepare your food the day before and store it in coolers. Don't open the fridge.
* No lights, tv, no computer (imagine the entire EVOKE network, silent for a day as we don't use power!)
* Don't drive anywhere.
* Only use your mobile until the battery is drained.

Rare: Draw No Power
* Do everything under Flip No Switches, plus:
* Unplug everything the night before, including digital clocks. (What a pain to reset them -- but remember, it's for the earth!)
* Don't use your mobile.
* I'm not sure what to do about the fridge, since spoiling a lot of food is not a sustainable practice. Any thoughts?

Epic: BE the Power
* Do everything under Draw No Power, plus:
* Get together with other volunteers -- local EVOKErs, church groups, friends, whoever -- and go do something that uses your human power. Volunteer at a community garden or a park cleanup. Don't use a car to get there!
* And/or have a bicycle picnic with your friends or local EVOKErs!

Also, something to note: Earth Hour is coming up this Sunday, March 27, 8:30 pm. Who's participating?
Maybe a possible extension; use alternative energy! Got to use your phone for work? Power it with solar power.

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