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I came up with an interesting game involving microfinance. Basically it works with an understanding of one line:
"I commit to finding ten people by the end of month. I commit to consensus decision at the end of every month. I will pay £10 for this experience."
In january 2010, I didn't manage to get 10 people. Hopefully, in 2011, I will, and we will progress on to february. The ideal is to reach the tenth month of the year as a collective, which should enable us to generate a billion pounds. It's not so much to do with your own efforts, but the current conditions where people are willing to play. Like EVOKE.

My flatmates are off to Kenya next monday. There is a conference on micro-finance. They will also be visiting some projects on the ground. I hope to take part in one of them.

(I shall edit this post with details when I know them...)

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Comment by Mita Williams on April 27, 2010 at 2:50pm
I think is a fabulous idea. I've worked in offices that would pool money every month for the lottery which I also declined to participate in because the odds of winning are so ridiculously minute.

Rather than emphasis the negative, I should have an alternative game like you have suggested. Even if the "experience" was a shared bottle of bubble mixture or a small donation to a local charity, over time it would hopefully be clear what pool would be bringing the most joy. Thanks for this! +20 Spark!
Comment by Mita Williams on April 27, 2010 at 2:51pm
** forgot to proof read her comment. hides from the grammar police **
Comment by Ty_Ping on May 5, 2010 at 1:49am
I think this idea works a lot better then others. Something small, like putting up a few dollars every month from a few people. It's nothing really but at the end of the month with enough people you have a sizable chunk of change to go out and do something good. At the end of the year even more.
Plus with the added aspect of passing the game along and getting others into it the more people adding to the pool makes the pool able to help even more people.

It's just a matter of getting it started... I think I need a +courage before I can convince my office to start something like this up.
Comment by happyseaurchin on May 17, 2010 at 11:25am
funnily enough
i originally came up with the idea for school
for kids to learn the value of pooling resources:
one class could make a decision for £30 a week
and if they don't reach consensus
it rolls over to the next week...

another direction is that they could work out that a wh*** year group could make a decision every week with £200 say
which would make for interesting assemblies
and they may even be able to self-organise a decision to spend £2000 a week
in a big school

i pitched my kids once with the idea
and though a few liked it
there were one or two dissenters...
i was surprised...
so it never got tested
Comment by Mita Williams on May 17, 2010 at 12:38pm
One definition of politics is "who gets what, when" and so I think this could be a very interesting school project. I'm sure there would be lots of debate whether to spend or pool the money and whether the money should be spent on entertainment or infrastructure. Just like real life!
Comment by happyseaurchin on May 17, 2010 at 12:48pm
the game involves consensus
which is very tricky for adults because we have certain structures in our heads
if kids learn it
we can shift from a me-saving orientation towards a we-sharing-now situation
which is sustainable
of course :)
in case you might be interested :)


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