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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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Manifesto: EVOKE and Beyond

Posted by Calida DeBello on 09 May under People and Ideas

As EVOKE concludes, thoughts on its process and its legacy by our gamerunners.

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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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Preserving Indigenous Secrets

Posted by Joshua Judkins on 02 May under People and Ideas

In Week Eight of Urgent EVOKE, Agents were challenged to create a real physical object that encodes a piece of traditional wisdom about the local plants, animals, landforms, water sources, weather, or any other important feature of an indigenous environment.
Agents from all around the world drew on their local insight and creativity, and produced a [...]

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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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Investigating Resilience Plans in our Cities

Posted by Joshua Judkins on 24 Apr under People and Ideas

Last week EVOKE Agents were challenged to find out what steps their city is already taking to increase its resilience, and to spread the word about it to others. Reports have come back in from Agents across the globe, about both the programs in place and the challenges surrounding them.
Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys provided an in depth [...]

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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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Prepare to be EVOKED

Posted by Nathaniel Fruchter on 13 Apr under News, People and Ideas

So far, everything that’s happened on EVOKE has exceeded our wildest expectations. Agents have created, thought, discussed, and innovated their ways out of some of the toughest situations facing our planet. Evokations are taking shape. Altogether, some truly amazing ideas have been created on this network. We’d like to give everyone [...]

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Helping to EVOKE change in the lives of Women

Posted by Joshua Judkins on 13 Apr under People and Ideas

This week has seen EVOKE agents taking action to help improve the opportunities and conditions for women across the globe.
Those who were able provided financial support to a range of initiatives, others gave of their time, and many have worked to spread the word about the challenges many women face and projects working to counteract [...]

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