Urgent Evoke

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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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To me this evokes the idea that from your own enviroment one will see the world at a different speed. Like beauty the problems and solutions exist in the eye of the beholder. That which a person percieves will determine how you will react. However the proverb classify's social status; Who is who of society. Thus rthe world will not be the same for a poor man or an ilitrate person.
It has often been said that there are three cla**** of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask "What happened?" This is a simple way of unfolding the phrase. Change, being a constant of life happens everywhere but the onlookers are amazed about the fact that change is occuring and are thus caught unawares. Those who ask the question "What happened" are so far away that they become 'victims' of change. Those who make change happen are however ready, and it appears as though change occurs in their favour. Any way, why won't it be? since they are the ones behind the wheel.
Evoke network is composed of people who seek to bring change, social innovation, to our world. That is, we are those who make things happen. Now, the difference among the three groups of people is who they really are.
I think it speaks volumes for a person's activities. I know multiple people who seem to, "get more hours out of the day". They're always active, doing something, and usually not just for themselves. There's a lot of community involvement and volunteerism that falls into that.

Hopefully, the people of EVOKE are the same way, and are able to do more in a day than most people can. Being proactive is not only important to be a member of EVOKE, but also important to live a healthy and fulfilled life.
I love this story

Robert Hawkins said:
Another perspective:

"A fishing boat was docked in a tiny coastal village south of the border. An American tourist complimented the local fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long", answered the fisherman. "Then why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The man said that his small catch was enough for his family. The American asked, "What do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman replied, "I sleep late, play with my children, catch a few fish, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. I have fun…"

The American interrupted, "Hey, I have an MBA and I can help you. Start by fishing longer every day and selling the extra fish you catch then you can buy a bigger boat. The larger boat will bring in more money and you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet. Instead of selling to a middleman, you can sell directly to the processing plants. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, LA or New York City! There you can direct your enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the fisherman. "20-25 years", replied the American. "And after that?" asked the fisherman. "That's when it gets really interesting", answered the American, smiling. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!" "Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fisherman.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny coastal village, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and playing the guitar with your friends!"
I was absolutely fascinated by this story. I must admit, after I read the first paragraph I was thinking that the fisherman was not using his full potential. But at the end of the day, happiness is more important than anything. Thank you for your story.

Robert Hawkins said:
Another perspective:

"A fishing boat was docked in a tiny coastal village south of the border. An American tourist complimented the local fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long", answered the fisherman. "Then why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The man said that his small catch was enough for his family. The American asked, "What do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman replied, "I sleep late, play with my children, catch a few fish, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. I have fun…"

The American interrupted, "Hey, I have an MBA and I can help you. Start by fishing longer every day and selling the extra fish you catch then you can buy a bigger boat. The larger boat will bring in more money and you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet. Instead of selling to a middleman, you can sell directly to the processing plants. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, LA or New York City! There you can direct your enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the fisherman. "20-25 years", replied the American. "And after that?" asked the fisherman. "That's when it gets really interesting", answered the American, smiling. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!" "Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fisherman.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny coastal village, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and playing the guitar with your friends!"
Like a lot of the comments, I also think is about perception. Is not the same being an indigenous farmer in south america that being a stockbroker in London. Time is not the same, some people worry about getting the information and some other about getting the information right now. Both, the farmer and the stockbroker, need information, but the farmer doesn't need information every second - his crops aren't going to change from one minute to the other - like the stockbroker needs it - the market can change in anysecond.

But I also will like to comment about a thought that I had while reading the code phrase: If the earth moves, where is it moving to? Maybe the phrase is about that if you know where we are heading you can do something to change direction, take action. But if you don't know where the earth is moving to, you don't have any sense or urgency for changing directions or to getting ther faster.
I think that this phrase refers to the fact that we are all at different points in our lives, be it chronological age, developmentally, spiritually, in our careers etc. We have all had different experiences and experience even this current moment differently. Well all deal with things through different lenses, and that being said we can all contribute different aspects towards the evoke network. It is the different speeds and experiences of us all that can come together and form a wh***, to help create something big.
uzoma judith katchy said:
It is only YOU that will determine the speed at which the earth moves. It's only YOU that will decide if the earth moves at all. We all can make a difference no matter who we are and where we are from. If there is any change whatsoever, it starts with YOU & ME. The earlier we come to terms with this, the better we are.

To EVOKE, we need to do something. TAKE STEPS that will move us in the right direction and make the world a better place.
That is why I'm using so much Einstein in my photos...

I'll start writing more about it, but the code phrase is all about relativity!

That's what I think.
Maria, I liked what you said. But can't find you to add as a friend. Would you add me?

Maria Pedro Miala said:
To me it means that you can sit at the bench and watch what happens in the world by the side, basically you are being passive or you can decide to be active and participate so that you can have a say in what happens in the world. The person that you are will determinate if you are active or passive and I think the "earth" here stands for "life". Being active or passive will have an impact on your life and you will live your life according to who you decide to be: a passive or active person . To Evoke you have to participate and be active and your participation may change the course of your life and the lives of many other people.
Is everyone going to sit and watch the things around them to happen until it gets so bad? Or are people going to stand up and be active, raise awareness of consequences soon to come? The first and easiest step to a problem is prevention. If it has already happened, then first action taken should be recovery. To try and slow and eventually cease the problem. I for one will stand.
Sorry if I can repeat some already expressed thoughts.

My first emotion thinking at this nice proverb goes to the Nigerian natural landscape and to the close, sincere relationship between the man and the environment (I've never been in Nigerian so I have this rural and ecological picture in mind). The proverb could take origin from thinking that life can have a different lenght for different animals living on the same environment. Seen from a butterfly's perspective, earth moves at a different speed from that of, say, an elephant, because of the different lenghts of their lifetimes. Life and time flow with different paces also with respect to the man, who can be a short-time butterfly, a powerful lion or a very old, slow turtle, depending on how good his condition is or how he choose to spend his life.

Even if the propensity to act and anticipate the future (and therefore to speed-up the pace) is certainly a good thing, I really don't see the equation fast=good and slow=bad. "Depending on who you are" seems to indicate that someone could be luckier than someone else for his/her social/economical/health condition. I see instead a message of hope because, despite your social condition or your material means, you have the possibility to enjoy a full life at your own pace, making the most of your talents.

So, making the most of our talents (and helping others to make the most of theirs) could be the meaning for the EVOKE network.

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