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MISSION EIGHT: Caravan of Pillage

April 28, 2010

‘A house cannot be sold if squatters move in and destroy it.’
– Project for the New African Century proverb

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Some of our most important knowledge about the world isn’t contained in books. It’s living knowledge, embedded in local practices, and passed on from one generation to the next. The elders of local communities know better than anyone else the richness and variety of their complex ecoystems. They have a deep and detailed understanding of the properties of local plants and animals, landforms, weather systems, cake recipes and knitting patterns.

But today, this traditional wisdom is under threat as the custodians of this knowledge are dying before we have a chance to monetize and commodify their intellectual property and labour. Your mission this week: Help ensure that the elders in your community are put to good use today – before their human capital becomes lost to future generations.

To play: post a comment describing your socially innovative idea for maximising the market potential of the elders of your local community.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION SEVEN: Out of Disaster Comes Great Opportunism

April 21, 2010

‘Break like the wind’
– Spinal Tap proverb

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Today, half the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, the UN estimates that humanity may well be 80% urban.

What will life on Earth be like as more and more of us become urban? As people flood into our cities, gated communities may not be secure enough to keep the economically marginal from harming our children. Maids, service station attendants and Wal-Mart employees have to live somewhere, but currently they take up too much space to be a sustainable resource. Luckily, global warming will ensure that a natural disaster will occur in your city within the next several years. When this disaster flattens, floods or burns down the poor areas of your city, how will you have them rebuild their communities in a more cost-effective and space-saving way?

This week your mission is to: post a comment describing your innovative, low-cost housing and community infrastructure solutions for the ghettos of the future..

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION SIX: Debt Becomes Her

April 14, 2010

‘Equality is not easy, but cultivating a smug air of superiority
is no walk in the park either. Eat organic!’

– East Village proverb

Welcome to Mission Six of INVOKE. The womyn’s issue.

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“Engaging women equally with men in all aspects of life is imperative for economically competitive and prosperous societies.”— the Global Gender Gap 2009 Report

This week’s mission challenges you to help empower women. Raise your voice in support of equal rights for women so that society can be economically competitive.

Yesterday’s women demanded expensive dinners, flowers and diamond rings. These days in our globalised world it has become much cheaper and easier to give a woman what she wants: a goat, a pile of mud bricks, a leadership school…

For men, there’s a valuable lesson here about dating Third World ladies: give a woman a bunch of flowers and she’ll eat for a day – but give a woman a packet of seeds and a hoe and she’ll be empowered to grow and sell her own for at least a month before she descends into debt. And when she comes back to you expecting more gifts or child support payments, just shrug it off and spin some shit about her having equal rights and economic opportunity!

This week your mission is to post a comment telling us what you would buy your South Asian lady to emancipate her from oppressive patriarchy.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION FIVE: eBay of Pigs

April 6, 2010

‘The poorest person in the world is not one who lacks money, but one who lacks access to a motivational speaker.’
– North American proverb

Welcome to Mission Five of INVOKE.

FIRST, read the story. Click on the image below to advance to the next page.

(You can read the EVOKE comic which INVOKE’s borrows the art and some text from, on their website.)

NOW, play the mission!

The world’s GDP is more than $70 trillion US. And yet, 3 billion people currently live on less than $2 a day. Our global economic system leaves half the world’s population dangerously underserved.

And that half of the world’s population includes people just like you. Capitalism has brought great wealth but now your middle class Western lifestyle is under threat – and the only way to defend it is to get more of those 2-dollar folk making you things!

That’s why this week your mission is to help restore capitalism in Cuba. Your challenge is to match innovative global corporations with national Cuban industries, social services, assets and intellectual properties. Vaccine technology, healthcare, education, beaches, cigars, mojito recipes, the Buena Vista Social Club… all these and more are up for sale, and the world needs you to find buyers.

To play this mission, post a comment detailing your idea for which Cuban industry or asset you’d like to see sold off and which corporation you think should buy it, and why.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION FOUR: The Trickle-Down Effect

March 31, 2010

‘He who does not know one thing can always hire a consultant.’
EthicalConsultancy.com proverb

Welcome to Mission Four of INVOKE.

FIRST, read the story. Click on the image below to advance to the next page.

(You can read the EVOKE comic which INVOKE’s borrows the art and some text from, on their website.)

NOW, play the mission!

Today, 1 out of every 6 people on Earth lacks access to clean water — and 2 out of every five people lack access to basic sanitation. As a result, water-related diseases cause the deaths of over 5 million people each year — mostly children.

Very soon there won’t be enough clean water to sell to these kids, and the bottom will fall right out of the business.

Your mission this week: come up with an innovative way to create new water. Right now the world recycles water through seawater desalination and treating sewage, but what new sources might we be extracting water from in 2020?

To play this mission, post a comment detailing your idea for sourcing or generating water. You may describe your idea in text, image or video.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION THREE: Tilting at Windmills

March 24, 2010

‘See my days are cold without you
But I’m hurtin’ while I’m with you’
– Ashanti lyric

Welcome to Mission Three of INVOKE.

FIRST, read the story. Click on the image below.

(You can read the EVOKE comic which INVOKE’s borrows the art and some text from, on their website.)

NOW, play the mission!

Today, less than 10% of global electricity is produced by sustainable energy sources. Our energy grids are built on diminishing and unreliable resources. And more than 1.5 billion people around the world live without regular access to any grid electricity. Our energy future depends on having the skills and ingenuity to harness renewable power sources, on or off the grid.

And those skills and ingenuity come from gamers just like you, blogging their way to a sustainable future. Today’s laptop energy producing technology will soon be unable to meet the demand created by the sheer quantity of innovations being uploaded by social innovators. This week your challenge is to help solve this urgent social problem. Harnessing your renewable powers of creativilization, describe your idea for powering the laptops of our future generation of social innovators.

To play this mission, post a comment detailing your idea for powering the laptops of social innovators. You may describe your idea in text, image or video.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Please note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

MISSION TWO: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

March 15, 2010

‘To befriend an antelope, ask a lion for a personal introduction.’ — old West Coast proverb

Welcome to Mission Two of INVOKE.

FIRST, read the story.

(You can read the EVOKE comic which INVOKE’s borrows the art and some text from, on their website.)

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NOW, play the mission!

We saved Tokyo. Now it’s your turn. More than one billion people go hungry every day. This week, you have the power to change at least one of those lives.

And that one life belongs to Shigeru, a malnourished Japanese boy who you will be having over for dinner in 2020. Shigeru is being mentored as a part of a World Youth Hunger Leadership program, and has received a travel scholarship that will enable him to come to dinner at your home in Washington DC*.

This week your mission is to describe the food that you plan to serve to Shigeru on his special evening. Shigeru hasn’t eaten solid food for weeks, so be sure to make this a meal of a lifetime**! The winning recipes will form part of our compulsory-eating program for all Japanese children***.

So what are you waiting for? Start cooking up those ideas now!

To play this mission, post a comment detailing the meal you will serve in 2020 to Shigeru, the starving and inspirational world youth leader.

If you find yourself having trouble with this task, please refer to the INVOKE game manual. Please note that only game-playing comments to this post will be accepted. Post any general comments here.

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* You will live in Washington DC because you are an innovator.
** Bear in mind that the meal may in fact be the last meal of his lifetime, given that expert forecasters at the World Bank are predicting famine for Tokyo in 2020.
*** Statistical modelling shows that a solution for one case will work in all cases, forever!

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