Mission 8: Catalyze a DIGITAL LEAP Winner

The winner of the Digital Leap award is Vexelius for the idea of digitizing oral tradition.

Digitizing culture could be empowering, as it could both receive outside recognition and be an act of self-affirmation.

Too often, cultural traditions are seen as something that must be discarded in order to make progress. However, this can leads to the adoption of culturally-inappropriate solutions that are doomed to fail or to the lowering of cultural self-esteem. This idea of using technology to preserve oral tradition could be part of a larger approach, in which technology leverages existing culture, instead of replaces it.


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Mission 7: Catalyze WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP Award Winners

The Women’s Leadership award goes to MacIntyre for the idea of a cooperative women’s childcare center/shelter, run by and run for women.

The idea was particularly striking for the multiple benefits it offered—employment, childcare, and providing women protection. Perhaps the most important potential benefits of such a program, though, are the empowerment a “for-us, by-us” model instills and the way it doesn’t force women to make a choice between working and spending time with their children.

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

Peter Drucker made this comment before the online game “Catalysts for Change: Paths out of Poverty” was invented. In the past 48 hours, over 17,000 cards were played by 1,500 participants over 50 countries. This real-time online collaboration has illustrated the power of change we can co-create by putting our heads and hearts together. Now let’s keep walking together on the new paths out of poverty.

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Winners!! Of the Innovative Citizenship Award!!!!

Plasko_Kisic in Peru and Open in Oakland win the Innovative Citizenship award for touching on a very old issue that continues to have deep modern implications.

Plasko_Kisic reminds us that denying one group the ability to fully express their identity and to exercise their own citizenship within a nationstate leads to very tense relationships. Providing a system to allow all identities and language to be heard will help create a stronger and more engaged citizenship.

Open built on this idea with a practical solution—tied to incentives for governments to support indigenous languages.

And reminds us of more downfalls to NOT taking this step:



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Everything does not start and end with funding.

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Super Citizen Award!

The Super Citizen is awarded to Nasrendinhoja for rethinking rules to favor the marginalized. People often ask: Do our votes really count – when, how and by whom? Nasrendinhoja proposes that marginalized communities take full advantage of social media platforms to vote on government projects that best alleviate poverty. This pragmatic suggestion resulted in a C4C conversation that gained momentum overnight. Taufik noted that the idea would be immediately applicable to SE Asia where information communication technologies have reached a high rate of penetration. Tanja observed that non-smart mobile phones could be used as a voting mechanism in African countries, (presumably through SMS). Johannes pitched in with an idea to identify specific sectors to target for votes, such as people’s access to water sources. He also questioned whether voting access would be restricted or extended to others. Sahiba pointed to the potential efficacy of public opinion, and Jntdz raised a cautionary comment to consider options in countries that restrict social media platforms.

The cards played in this thread show us the power of C4C conversations. That is, we don’t have to develop new technologies but rather, can redesign ways for individuals and communities to express a powerful voice and at the same time, encourage and reward accountability across society.

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Winner!! of the Master Storyteller Award!

The Master Storyteller Award goes to 3 people who together arrived at a great idea around using a global library system for sharing hyperlocal stories about best practices. Well done!

Magnusi in New York suggests we go hyperlocal to tell stories, and combine them with a global system for sharing those stories.

Aqaraza in Texas then suggested a global library system might become the vessel for making these hyperlocal stories go global. And Geci.KS in South Africa added that we need to ensure there is a framework around adding the intent, knowledge, resources, and other local details to the global story chain.


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Final Salvo

In the final hour of play its time to really build on cards already played. Let’s show the servers what last hour means to people all over the world united in meeting their goals.

With any luck they should hold.

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Dernier coup de pousse

Il ne nous reste que des minutes!!  Voila que depuis plus de 47 heures nous avons été, et sommes toujours sur http://play.catalyze4change.org en train de mettre “carte sur table”. Plus de 1400 joueurs issus de plus de 50 pays.  Ensemble, nous avons contribué plus de 17000 cartes! DIX-SEPT MILLE.. Enorme!

Puisqu’il nous reste encore quelque minutes, allons-y déposer les idéés.. et entrons dans l’histoire.

Réponds à la question: quels sonts les pas pour nous sortir de la pauvrété?

Place au jeu!



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Quotes from Desiderata

Good evening/good morning everyone and good playing :)


1. Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

2. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. 

3. Many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself.

4. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

5. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

6. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

7. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

8. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920


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