Seriously its been a mad 10 years. Apart from the fact that England won the world cup exactly 10 years ago now and even more amazingly Team GBR managed to top the London Olympic leaderboard in the same year, my personal life has seen momentous changes.
The first year of EVOKE back in 2010 was an amazing success. We had over 20,000 players by the end of week 10. The quality was incredible and the projects that came out of the EVOKATION process were just earth shatteringly good. I recently bumped into some of the original participants at a reunion in Malawi. Amazingly of the 20 projects that were chosen, all 20 are still in operation today and going strong. Even more amazing were the people there (and there were getting on for almost 1200 from nations all over the world) who had continued with their collaborative projects with friends they had met on EVOKE 2010. Without any seed funding, many had pushed through amazingly innovative projects under their own steam. They had raised funds, formed social enterprises, left their day jobs and changed the lives of others in parts of the world some of them had never even heard of before. This was all done through the spirit of EVOKE. This is the true power and lasting legacy of EVOKE 2010 for me.
So here we are ready to run EVOKE 2020. I'm living back in the UK now after living in the US for the last 6 years. I spent some time developing new areas of research, finally completing my PhD and teaching at a cool University. Thanks to friends I made in EVOKE 2010 I also had an opportunity to spend some time working on social innovation projects in Africa and Asia. It has been an amazing journey so far. Bring on EVOKE 2020!