Inspired by the World Bank, Alternate Reality Game Invoke aims to Save Capitalism

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 11 March 2010.

Inspired by the World Bank, Alternate Reality Game Invoke aims to Save Capitalism image

The World Bank's Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Evoke is a self professed "ten-week crash course in changing the world" designed to "help empower young people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems".

What is interesting about Evoke is the World Bank’s choice of an online Blog for game play participation. It’s difficult to see how their target audience will be able to publish real ideas for saving the world, when even the wealthier African country of South Africa has only 10% internet penetration.

Invoke, it’s successor, is an amusing piss-take on Evoke, and the game play a lot more simple: “To play, post a comment explaining your Nobel-Prize-winning idea for how the World Bank can successfully whitewash its international public image.”