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EVOKE was developed by the World Bank Institute, the learning and knowledge arm of the World Bank Group, and directed by alternate reality game master Jane McGonigal.

Investigate Episode Eight

Posted by Alchemy on 21 Apr under Investigation Files

Get the facts behind the story. Make yourself an expert.
And discover the 19 secrets of episode eight…

1. Where is Nord-Kivu?
2. Are gorillas really threatened with extinction in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
3. Where can I find video of a real anti-poaching superhero?
4. How does slash-and-burn farming work?
5. What are the dangers of slash-and-burn?
6. So what’s a good alternative?
7. Is the DRC really the richest nation in the world, when it comes to natural resources?
8. Why is tantalum mining a problem?
9. Is there really such a job as “head gorilla protector”?
10. Who is John Kasaona?
11. What are the benefits of “wildlife tourism” in Africa? The dangers?
12. How does conservation farming work?
13. What is biopiracy?
14. Why does biodiversity matter?
15. What’s Eureka working on when Cipher walks up?
16. How do I make my own terra preta?
17. How are child soldiers recruited in the DRC?
18. Who are the real child soldiers of the DRC?
19. What happens to child soldiers who survive?

BONUS: Expert level investigation files.
Working with indigenous knowledge can be extremely challenging. If you find this week’s missions especially interesting, here are 4 ways get advanced training:

Learn it: How can we measure the economic value of traditional environmental knowledge?
Act on it: Indigenous Knowledge for Development – A Framework for Action
Share it: Online seminars from the World Bank Indigenous Knowledge Program
Try it: A Community Knowledge Exchange Tool Kit

Keep the investigation going…
Did you spot other clues about the future in episode eight? Post them here!
And share what you know: Add more links, and ask and answer questions, in the comments below.

5 Responses to “Investigate Episode Eight”

  1. Robert B. Lewis

    Rumor has it that the snake oil based burn medication used at major burn units comes from Africa. Once upon a time an aircraft crashed. One of the crew members was badly burned. The Africans recovered the individual and he was sent to the Army’s burn unit in SATX. When they un wrapped his wounds they discovered that snake oil had been applied to the burns. This technique reduces cell damage and is still being used. This week we had a visit from the WRI. Very interesting group but what upset me is that the WRI does not have a human terrain map/database for Africa. The individual did know alot about how game parks functioned in kenya. When oil companys discover petroleum in the not so DRC they need to know who (which tribe) has claims to the land. Shell/BP need to know who to pay to prevent a situation like MEND from developing in the Congo.






  2. Judd

    The link near the end labeled: “Act on it: Indigenous Knowledge for Development – A Framework for Action” is broken.

  3. Pradip Dey

    Well, the province ‘Nord-Kivu” bordering Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where the mountain Gorillas are Critically endangered (the highest risk category assigned by the IUCN for wild species; this means that a species numbers have decreased, or will decrease, by 80% within three generations).
    You will get the anti-poaching super hero here: http://vimeo.com/1751195
    Usually slash and burn is a part of shifting cultivation; it consists of cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields for agriculture or pasture for livestock, or for a variety of other purposes. However the danger is maintaining soil quality and crop yields both of which decline over time. Further increase in population and related growing food demand have decreased the forest period of the cycle so much that slash and burn is no longer effective. Conservation agriculture is a good alternative.
    Well, DRC (abbreviated form of Democratic Republic of the Congo ), is immensely rich in natural resources and is thought to be the wealthiest country on earth in regards to natural resources. Tantalum mining has destructive impact on the environment and the mountain gorilla. Head of gorilla monitoring is there named Innocent in the Mikeno sector.
    John Kasaona was born and raised in the Kunene Region of Namibia, John grew up with a father who “poached” wildlife to put food on the table. He remains deeply committed to the development of communities through their conservancies.
    Wildlife tourism is a souce of livelihood of local people of Africa. However, in a bad year, such as 2008, when tourists stop coming, revenue dries up for the local communities.
    Conservation Agriculture means reduced/minimum tillage, retention of crop residues and crop diversification.
    Biopiracy is a term used to describe situations where corporations from the developed world claim ownership of, or otherwise take unfair advantage of, the genetic resources and traditional knowledge and technologies of developing countries.
    Biodiversity matters to the hungry and malnourished , to the impoverished, to the victims of wars and natural disasters and to one and all.
    Terra preta is a term used to describe the rich, dark soils of the Amazon basin that were enriched with charcoal, organic matter and other amendments. years of adding composted biomass and charcoal can greatly improve the fertility of soil – giving some credence to claims that the addition of biochar can increase crop yields up to 17%. And then of course there are the carbon sequestration benefits of terra preta.
    Usually children are first enrolled by his relative in the CNDP (National Congress of the Defence of the People).
    It seems a perpetual vicious cycle.

  4. Buffyb

    Hi, The link near the end labeled: “Act on it: Indigenous Knowledge for Development – A Framework for Action” is still broken but here’s one I found:

  5. Robert B. Lewis

    It’s that time in history where a great power looses the ability to do something that made it great! The Eyptians lost the ability to build great pyramids. The Roman CE’s invented/developed concrete; the good stuff that dries underwater; but the secret was lost for almost 800 years. America is about to loose an IK skill set. The ability to produce GPS satelltes. Due to bid protest and mismanagement this program is about to vanishes or collapse. GPS produces network timing/sync for just about everything IT. If the world looses this satellite based system what will we do. Do we go back to local oscillators or phase locked loop circuitry? What about the European system will it be able to pick up the slack? Recon & communication birds are also at risk of dissappearing from low earth orbits as well. World Bank can we EVOKE this crisis now? Thank you






    PS: Was the EVOKE satellite (last page is Episode 1) added to the space registry database??






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