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Re: Kenyan Exchange Game?

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Thank you, John! and I share with several other Minciu Sodas groups. Andrius ... -- Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt ms@ms.lt +1 312 618 3345
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      Thank you, John! and I share with several other Minciu Sodas groups. Andrius

      > I forward this message received from Will Ruddick, who is going to work in
      > Kenya with Peace Corps for two years. His Skype ID is <will.ruddick> if
      > you wish to contact him directly. Any replies you make here, I will
      > forward to him.
      >
      > Best wishes
      >
      > John Rogers
      >
      >
      > Harambee is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, eg.
      > fundraising or community development activities.
      >
      > From talking with several Kenyans this tradition has stopped because of
      > corruption. Basically the money raised from the events is getting taken
      > by corrupt officials.
      >
      > I was imagining revitalizing this tradition with something like a time
      > currency but in the format of a game.
      >
      > The basic idea is as follows:
      >
      > Let’s say there are five players.
      > You can score two different types of points. Giving points and Receiving
      > points.
      >
      > Giving points are rewarded when you give an hours worth of work to someone
      > else.
      > Receiving points are rewarded when you accept an hour of someone else’s
      > work.
      >
      > You are only allowed to get 2 of each type of point from each other
      > player.
      > The maximum number of points would then be 2*(# of players - 1). In this
      > case 8 Giving points and 8 receiving points.
      > Let’s say a winner is declared when someone gets 6 Giving points and 5
      > receiving points.
      >
      > The winner is then named the reigning Harambee champion and a
      > party/potluck is thrown in his or her favor (or if there is a tie – they
      > have a bigger party).
      > But the party can not happen until the game finishes via everyone
      > finishing to the maximum 8 Giving points and 8 Receiving points.
      >
      > There is also the possibility of having the rest of the players help the
      > winner with a certain project – agreed upon at the start of the game.
      > That’s the basic idea in a nutshell. The details are yet to be fleshed
      > out. What do you think? Have you heard of anything like this before?
      >
      > The maintenance of this game could be a website... or in a small village I
      > was picturing a circular game board with pegs and a ledger for recording
      > the transactions.
      >
      > I like the idea of having it be a monthly or weekly game instead of an
      > ongoing currency project because of the existing traditions in Kenya - any
      > excuse for a party is a good one. I also like the ability of everyone
      > going back to zero and starting over.
      >
      > I could certainly do this with kids on a smaller scale then work up to
      > adults.
      > Have you heard of anything like this before? Any suggestions for pulling
      > this off? (Note: I will be in a Kenyan village for two years with the
      > Peace Corps teaching high school physics - starting in January (with 2
      > months of language training before that starting November 10th)).
      >
      >
      >
      >


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