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Heroes To The End

Posted by Calida DeBello on 14 May under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

In the last days of official EVOKE I’ve seen an outpouring of last-minute Missions (of course!), many goodbyes and thank-you-alls, and many many thoughtful reflections on EVOKE, what it has meant, where it will go, and where it can go with EVOKE Season 2 in 2011.
Of the many suggestions for the next EVOKE, I’ll call [...]

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EVOKE Heroes: Season 1

Posted by Calida DeBello on 09 May under Heroes of the Week

A week-by-week sampler of the accomplishments of EVOKE’s citizen agents.

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Real Life Heroes

Posted by Calida DeBello on 06 May under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

The future lurched a bit closer this week: EVOKE Agents had their pick of real-world events to test their skills. I’m currently in the U.S., and I have only to pick up a paper to read about ruptured water mains challenging the water security of large cities; tornadoes challenging the resilience of small towns; floods [...]

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Heroes of Living Knowledge

Posted by Calida DeBello on 29 Apr under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

This week, a countdown. But first, some announcements:
For TEACHERS: Agent Chris Ke Sihai wants to start EVOKE 1.5, a site that teachers can use after EVOKE is officially over. If this is something you would like to use, let him know. For all of us: Agent Shakwei Mbindyo urges us to join the Davos [...]

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Resilient Heroes

Posted by Calida DeBello on 22 Apr under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

This week, some heroic questions.
Are we doomed? Agent Iron Helix is a hero for his reasoned, thought-provoking treatise on the grand flows of civilizations and societies (or, “why I’m a doomer”) that’s sparked some great discussions and ideas. Agent Ezra Ho is a hero for his alternate view: in 2020, a world beyond consumerism, which [...]

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Heroes: Hear us sing

Posted by Calida DeBello on 17 Apr under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

(Hear us sing? You bet. Read through to the end! This especially applies to the middle and high school students we know are following EVOKE)
In Week 6 EVOKE looked at the situation with women’s rights and gender power over the globe, from the horrors of abuse (as reported by Julio Cesar Corona Ortega in breaking [...]

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Heroes: Making money better

Posted by Calida DeBello on 08 Apr under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

The missions for Week 5 examine the mysterious nature of money: at once the most real and the most vaporous aspect to many people’s lives.
To introduce yourself to the questions about money, there’s no better place to start than these questions: How many Evokians did you earn today? How will you spend them? Agent Mark [...]

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Heroes: Blue is the new green

Posted by Calida DeBello on 02 Apr under Heroes of the Week

Agent Wintermute is a hero already (for his role in the SEED Evokation), but he would be again for his call to Agents to “stick in there” – a call that sparked some great discussions and resonated with many people as we enter our 5th week. And the reports he collected with his simple question [...]

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High-Energy Heroes

Posted by Calida DeBello on 26 Mar under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

Energy doesn’t go away: it changes to another form. (That’s not just a comforting idea, it’s the law.) The Week 3 Mission was all about efficiency: where is energy being wasted, i.e., changing to a form that we currently don’t use?
“I am an energy efficiency obsessive.” When an Agent begins a blog post this way, [...]

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Heroes of Food Security

Posted by Calida DeBello on 18 Mar under Heroes of the Week, People and Ideas

Again this week they (mostly) come in pairs:
PLANTING A SEED – Agent Shakwei Mbindyo of Kenya and Agent Kath-Ning of the USA. Shakwei set off a roaring discussion this week with her simple real-world question about crop choices: should Kenya grow for export (and thus for money) or grow to feed its poor [...]

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