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Episode 1 CODE PHRASE: "The earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are.”

It's an old Nigerian proverb:  "The earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are.” 

What do you think this code phrase means to the Evoke network?


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"If you want something done, ask a busy person." Whilst this might seem counter-intuitive, the logic goes that busy people get more done in less time and tend to be more reliable.

But would Alchemy want quantity or quality?
I think it means that depending on how you view the world, yourself, others, and even the problems of the world, your world can move at a different pace. Everyone is different and everyone's lives are different. Whether you focus on the past, present, or future, changes your perception on life. Everyone takes life at a different speed and a different way, no matter what. It's the difference between enjoying the moment or enjoying the future. Taking life as it comes or making your future. The earth moves, not only at a different speed, but in a different pattern and directon, depending on who you are.
Reality doesn't exist, we live aupon our perceptions. Therefor, everyone of us can be (is) living a different reality that we can change.
I believe that it means if you are a successful man or a women you will have so many opportunities and your life will change rapidly and on the other hand if you are someone who did nothing smart in their life it will be the same thing everyday for you and it will seem like the time is going by so slowly
time is relative
Awesome insight. Thinking 2-3 steps ahead of everyone else is going to be the key to making actionable change. However, that second, passive group can't just be left to sit in 'default' time. It's imperative that everyone move forward - each at their own speed - otherwise they become impediments to progress.

You're 100% right - the more connected we are, the faster we'll flow. I love that line!

Chelsea Howe said:
To me, it focuses on how people's perception and appreciation for time changes based on their character. Some people are more active: those who are metaphorically making the world turn and looking forward to tomorrow. They see the broader picture. Time is more fluid, something that can be mentally manipulated. We can cast our perception out a decade, imagine the world then, and reel ourselves back in, enlightened. There's a certain temporal plasticity. The second is passive: the people who can sit back and watch the days go by. If they aren't acting, aren't expanding, are simply stuck in their 'default', time is just tickmarks on a one way track.

To EVOKE, we need to be the former. We need to be the ones anticipating the future, looking forward, and calling people to action. The more connected we are, the faster we'll flow, but I think we'll be far more prepared to handle it. We're time travelers, imaginative warriors, people who can forecast and react to what hasn't even happened. We won't sit on the sidelines as the world oozes by; we'll fly.
I like most of the answers I've read so far. My personal interpretation would be that the proverb refers to how the speed of ones life, how frenetic you feel your life to be, is wholly personal. One person, with only the post office to go to during the day, may feel themselves put upon and overloaded with responsibility, while another, dealing with an endless stream of tasks and questions, may fell as though they are sailing on a calm lake, no matter how quickly the challenges come. Each chooses, consciously or no, what attitude they take in dealing with their world...
I appologise if this has already been said, but I think that the earth moves at different speeds depending on who you are is directly related to the class and stress level of the person. Evoke is meant to change the world through ideas and innovation and create a better sustainable quality of life the world over. For those that are hungry or without shelter or thirsty or cold or without proper medical care (the list goes on), time must seem to drag forever one day into the next with only a bleak future ahead. For those that have their needs met usually fill their lives with so many things (not all good) that there isn't enough time in the day and so time seems to flit past faster than otherwise enjoyable. For the long term view of evoke I think a happy medium is attainable, fulfill the needs of everyone and bring hope where there is none and encourge community relaitionships and helping your fellow man.
I think the proverb means that realities are different depending on your social class or current situation, which ultimately also affects your perception of the time associated with those realities. These realities are usually associated with fulfilling needs.

A starving child in a poor village is not going to complain about how long it takes the barista to make her cappuccino. She lacks the opportunity as well as the social conditioning to form such opinions. Her needs are more rudimentary--finding a secure food source versus increasing the variety of an already well-established and perhaps overabundant food source.

The Evoke network is crowdsourcing innovation to solve real world problems in order to jumpstart a concern for the human race by all of its members. If we are to survive, the wide divide between the "haves" and "have nots" will have to disappear. Because the earth would definitely move at a different speed if the needs of everyone living on the earth were met without anyone suffering because of fulfilling those needs. Faster, Slower, Better and Worst becomes less important, being supplanted by the idea of moving Together. "We move together, because we are together." becomes a new proverb.

I am excited about the prospect of making this a reality.
I find that it means several things.

First, what many have observed, that the more you do, the faster your pace of life moves.

Second, this game is based on bridging the divide between innovators in developing countries in Africa and the first world. I think that many people who have lots of resources take for granted how much the technology that surrounds us saves our time and lets us do what we want. When everything you do takes twice as long, you effectively have half as much time in your day.

Third, we all have different things we are good at. When two people work on a problem by themselves, one might find a solution much more easily and quickly. Time moves a lot faster for someone who is in their element. Luckily, most people are good at something, or could be, given some experience and energy..

So time moves different speeds based on ambition, technology, talent and experience.

I have a feeling that this code phrase can also ask us questions. Like if time moves differently for different people, how can we collaborate to hack this phenomena to our benefit? How can people moving different speeds still interact optimally?

It is a good code phrase.
I'm still trying to figure out how to watch or read episode 1...this web site is very hard to navigate around.
where's the interaction...it's starting to feel like a sci-fi version of facebook.
sorry to say..but this is how i'm feeling right now. when i try to go to the evidence page i get directed somewhere else. WHERE DO I GO TO WATCH TH EPISODE...thankyou if you can help
Well, I like the phrase it really gives a wider view!
To me, it all depends on perspective. You know we people see things differently. To most of us the earth rotates quickly ( or time runs fast) because we earn just enough or even too much a day so even if a day ends, it would be a bother but not a burden! In otherwards, wereas, to the low income earners, time runs slow and one wouldnot love a day to end but then it has too! So they are left with no option.
In otherwards, the earth moves quickly to the rich and the other way round to the poor!
But that is a good phrase.

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