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 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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Under 1 hour left of game play!!!!

Hello all you Catalysts for Change!

As we are nearing the end of this amazing process here are some short and sweet figures:

We’ve had over 1,400 PLAYERS from over 50 COUNTRIES

and you have contributed over 17,000 cards. SEVENTEEN THOUSAND! That’s a lot of thinking, creating, building, forecasting, and networking.

Now is the time to take your ideas, get out there and do those microacts! Maybe find a game friend out there in the real world.

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Quality education not just education

As the game gradually comes to an official end (because i feel unofficial exchange of ideas will continue) a post on building more schools in areas with high rate of poverty.  I think it goes beyond building more schools. The fundamental issue is the quality of education that the students will get in those schools.  Government at all levels should promote an educational system that encourages technology and Vocational training  at all levels.  The students of these schools can be trained and deployed as business  extension workers to reach out to other young  people by coaching them on vital business skills.

In addition, the concept of local content should be reviewed and enforce expatriate quota regime to ensure opportunities exist for local citizens of a country especially in situations where multi-national companies are operating that country.

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I’ve been thinking about the micro-action post that I just saw now. For the next month, I plan to donate books to the local public school and give away some unused items, clothes to neighbors.

Our neighborhood is actually  mix of middle class and low income families. Here’s a recent heartwarming story from the neighborhood–an example of how an educational scholarship (albeit a military one) became his ticket out of poverty.



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Premio de la luz brillante (Español)


Premio de la luz brillante #Evidence

Publicado el 5 de abril de 2012 por deh

Queremos felicitarlos a todos por haber marcado un record histórico de participación en este juego y cartas jugadas.

¡Estamos entregando el Premio de la luz brillante! Es para las ideas conducentes sobre evidencias y sobre cómo éstas pueden cambiar las vidas de las poblaciones pobres y vulnerables.

Y el premio es para…5yearwinter! Gracias por tu increíble sugerencia:


“ Creemos una central de internet para almacenamiento, análisis y presentación de datos relacionados con la lucha contra la pobreza. ¿Cuáles son los esfuerzos más eficientes? ¿Cuáles no?”

Esta carta fue marcada como SUPER INTERESANTE.

Jugada por 5yearwinter hace un día.


Esta carta generó muchas respuestas provocativas. Aunque aparentemente hay iniciativas similares, nada se iguala a lo de hoy.


¡Gracias 5yearwinter y a todos los que lo ayudaron a jugar a Los Catalizadores de Cambio!


Esta es una misión para todos ustedes, Coleccionistas de Ideas, pero todos pueden jugar. ¡A brillar!


Juega tus MEJORES IDEAS sobre cómo usar nuevos tipos de evidencia para catalizar cambios positivos en comunidades pobres y vulnerables. Utiliza #evidence.


Si no eres un Coleccionista de Pruebas, juega una carta MOMENTUM o ADAPTATION sobre una de las cartas #evidence. Construye evidencia utilizando tus fortalezas naturales para construir capacidades, cambiar las reglas, o contar historias sugerentes.


Envía un tweet a tus amigos y contactos sobre tu reacción en cadena favorita y utiliza #catalyze4 #evidenceSp

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Bright light award! #Evidence

Posted on April 5, 2012 by deh

Congratulations everyone on an all-time record population of gameplayers and cards played!

We are now awarding the Bright Light Award! This goes to leading thoughts about evidence and how it can change the lives of poor and velnerable populations.

And the winner is… 5yearwinter! Thanks for you brilliant suggestion to:

This card generated numerous provocative responses. Though there seem to be similar initiatives, there seems to be nothing like this today.

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Thank you to and everyone who helped 5yearwinter play Catalysts for Change!

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This is a mission for all you Evidence Collectors to shine. But everyone can play.

Play your BEST IDEAS for how to use new kinds of EVIDENCE to catalyze positive change in poor or vulnerable communities. Tag it #evidence

If you’re not an Evidence Collector, play a MOMENTUM or ADAPTATION card on one of the #evidence cards. Build on evidence using your natural strengths to build capacity, change the rules, or tell compelling stories.

Tweet or blog about your favorite chain reaction and tag it #catalyze4 #evidence.


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Role of Religion

The role of religion has come up in 48 different cards so far (full list here).

Some have played critical imagination card to argue that religious tenets are barriers to paths out of poverty, whereas others have played positive imagination cards around how religious groups will be an essential part of how we meet the challenge.

Here is one chain reaction that is representative of some of the back and forth in our conversation so far.

Several people responded:

What do you think the role of religion will with regard to paths out of poverty as we move into the next decade?

Play the game, make the future,



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Ecotourism in the time of Facebook gone wrong

Seems like the game is slowing down with the end of the game coming in a few hours. I just wanted to post about few interesting cards that caught my eye. An example is this card by Pasko_Kisic , one of our game leaders.

I’ve never thought about having a separate category for agro-tourism as Pasko_Kisic pointed out, until I thought about wineries in Napa Valley or about farms where visitors are allowed to pick fruits. In my country, agro-tourism hasn’t caught the bug yet so to speak, but there are some low-key examples.

What people know and promote is Eco-tourism. And our biggest eco-tourism draw by far are the opportunities to swim with whale sharks. I know of the town of Donsol being transformed from a poor rural community that hunted whale sharks, into an eco-tourism town.

Recently however, Facebook circles in the country circulated a photo of a girl trying to stand on a whale shark. This happened in another part of the province where locals weren’t used to seeing whale sharks until they thought about jumping in on the eco-tourism opportunity.

Needless to say, Facebook messages came pouring in, deriding the poor, local girl who didn’t know it was wrong to touch a whale shark, let alone stand on it. Neither did the local fishermen who tied the whale shark by its tail to a boat. I think the young girl was traumatized by the whole ordeal of being barraged by Facebook users.

Anyway, I still think (and I’m sure everybody agrees) that ecotourism is a great idea and is a definite path out of poverty. But I also think we need to be aware that the ideal situation doesn’t happen overnight and that the use of social media carries some responsibility. In the Facebook quest for instant solutions, we might be causing harm to others.


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