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What personal challenges do the EVOKE Agents face?  Are their contributions worth the sacrifices they make?  Would you do anything differently?  Discuss what happened in Episode 5 here.

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Being away from home to follow your dream is very hard. I don't know if I could firmly follow mine coming from a large family with "small-minded" considerations. I'm at the tipping point after a long time of limbo. Stuck deciding my next move.
Matthew G. Gonzales said:
Being away from home to follow your dream is very hard. I don't know if I could firmly follow mine coming from a large family with "small-minded" considerations. I'm at the tipping point after a long time of limbo. Stuck deciding my next move.

Fortune favors the bold. Now, if you are not the type that could be away from family, and you value that more, then don't move away.
As an intelligent agent first, your job is to make your life worth living. For EVOKE Agents, addressing the world's problems is a big part of that. But there's every day and there are urgent times. The human mind can only take so great a difference between simultaneous positive and negative emotions for only so long. In order to save the world and save yourself, a person should find the balance such that those great extremes are worth it, but they have to be able to sacrifice one for the other, or suffer an emotional breakdown (biology deciding for you).

My strategy would be to keep a promise on proportional time back home. Maybe 2 days home for every day across the world, with no more than five months away from the place and people I call home.
Time away from loved ones IS hard...particularly at holidays or other times when special memories and traditions come flooding back. It's all a part of growing up and living life, but at the same time relationships and people are what life IS all about. In fact, it's why we work so hard to SAVE people and solve world problems like those addressed on Evoke: because we want others to be able to experience that full quality of life that is made wh*** through relationships. Thus, I agree with @NickErnest because a balance is necessary. Sacrifices must and should be made, but relationships should rarely if ever be forfeited. Relationships are the reason behind the work, and the way we get by.
Yes - it occurrs to me that Eureka could look into setting up an intentional community where she lives. It's hard to live against the flow of culture, so the more we can pool together with folks who think in the same way as we do the easier it is to maintain our intentions. We can encourage each other when it is hard instead of adding social disapproval to the burden.

I'm interested in how spiritual resources help people to do what we want to on a deep level but have trouble holding to. Groups can be really supportive (as well as destructive, sometimes!). Joanna Macy's 'Work that reconnects' is a great resource for tools for groups to encourage each other in studying and acting on the world's problems. This game EVOKE could be seen as part of her idea of the Great Turning? Maybe - that's her vision of what Epic Win looks like.
well ember seems to be having family problems at the moment while eureka is having the opposite problems no-one to come home to. witch makes her a good target for agent X i wonder if he is doing it to get a scoop or really likes her?
How can the World Bank help the local/complementary currency phaenomenon ?

One idea is by creating a clearing house specially designed to facilitate the exchange between different local currency systems (i.e. WIR, REGIO, SCEC, SOL, Ithaca Hours, etc.) so as to encourage the spreading of this very interesting system to inject liquidity without the burden of interest. (this will increase the solvability of the system)
I think women have it tougher, and I find it interesting that the folks with "personal" issues in Episode 5 are women. I don't believe society in the developed nations really accomodates women with families working as well as it might - whether its saving the world or not - and the covert nature of the EVOKE efforts makes it even harder. People are used to the archetype of the woman supporting the famous artist, or being there to wipe the brow of the famous politician, and we've not yet entirely crossed the sands to where that brow-wiping :) happens as much for women.

As empowering and uplifting as the work depicted in the game is, its still in the real world - work. And there will be politics (more than 3 people =politics) and bad days, and loneliness, and work (as much as it energizes and uplifts) isn't the same as relationships, friendships, family. It seems goofy to talk about work-life balance in a drama about saving the world, but the reason people can keep doing grueling "save the world" work for decades is they have a people/environmental system around them that feeds them to keep going. Why is that one woman confiding in someone she probably shouldn't? She doesnt' have a system that feeds her ...she needs someone to talk to.
Betsy wrote: "I don't believe society in the developed nations really accomodates women with families working as well as it might"

I think you are right! I would love to see a world where it was taken for granted that women might bring their infants to work with them if that was their parenting style, with or without a second carer coming along as well, and no-one was surprised by breastfeeding at work.
How to use LOCAL CURRENCIES to HALF the public (national) DEBT
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/how-to-use-local-currenci...
A very personal sacrifice:

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Global Research, April 3, 2010

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TALLY SHOWS THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS THE REAL SOURCE OF BAILOUT FUNDS

Today, the Real Economy Project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released an a****sment of the total cost to taxpayers of the Wall Street bailout. CMD concludes that multiple federal agencies have disbursed $4.6 trillion dollars in supporting the financial sector since the meltdown in 2007-2008. Of that, $2 trillion is still outstanding.

CMD’s a****sment demonstrates that while the press has focused its attention on the $700 billion TARP bill passed by Congress, the Federal Reserve has provided by far the bulk of the funding for the bailout in the form of loans amounting to $3.8 trillion.

Little information has been disclosed about what collateral taxpayers have received in return for these loans, sparking the Bloomberg News lawsuit covered earlier. CMD also concludes that the bailout is far from over as the government has active programs authorized to cost up to $2.9 trillion and still has $2 trillion in outstanding investments and loans.

Learn more about the 35 programs included in the CMD tally by visiting our Total Wall Street Bailout Cost Table, which contains links to pages on each bailout program with details including the current balance sheet for each program.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT SELF-CONGRATULATION PREMATURE

While the Treasury Department has been patting itself on the back for recouping some of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and allegedly making money off of its aid to Citigroup, the CMD accounting shows that TARP is only a small fraction of the federal funds that have gone out the door in support of the financial sector. Far more has been done to aid Wall Street through the back door of the Federal Reserve than through the front door of Congressional appropriations.

The tally shows that more scrutiny needs to be given by policymakers and the media to the role of the Federal Reserve especially as the Fed has accounted for the vast majority of the bailout funds, yet provides far less disclosure and is far less directly accountable than the Treasury.
DOWNLOAD THE FINANCIAL CRISIS TRACKER

In addition to a comprehensive here Wall Street Bailout Table which will be updated monthly as a resource for press and the public, CMD is also making available a Financial Crisis Tracker, a widget that links to the table that can be downloaded to websites and provides up–to-date numbers on the financial crisis and the bailout. The Financial Crisis Tracker shows unemployment rates, housing foreclosure rates and the bailout total on a monthly basis. It is a more accurate measure of how we are doing as a nation than any Wall Street ticker.

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WALL STREET BAILOUT TABLE
KEY FINDINGS
FINANCIAL CRISIS TRACKER

AMONG THE KEY FINDINGS

1) $4.6 TRILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISBURSED

Altogether, $4.6 trillion of taxpayer funds have been disbursed in the form of direct loans to Wall Street companies and banks, purchases of toxic assets, and support for the mortgage and mortgage-backed securities markets through federal housing agencies. This is an astonishing 32% of our GDP (2008) 130% of the federal budget (FY 2009).

2) TARP vs. Non-TARP FUNDING

Most accountings of the financial bailout focus on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), enacted by Congress with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. However, a complete analysis of the activities of all the agencies involved in the bailout including the FDIC, Federal Reserve and the Treasury reveals that TARP, which ended up disbursing about $410 billion was less than a tenth of the total U.S. government effort to contain the financial crisis. TARP funds only account for about 20% of the maximum commitments made through the bailout and less than 10% of the actual funds disbursed.

3) THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS PLAYED THE PRIMARY ROLE IN THE BAILOUT

The Federal Reserve has provided by far the bulk of the funding for the bailout in the form of loans - $3.8 trillion in total. Little information has been disclosed about what collateral taxpayers have received in return for many of these loans. Bloomberg News is suing the Federal Reserve to make this information public. On March 19, 2010 Bloomberg won its suit in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, but it is not clear if this case will continue to be litigated to the Supreme Court.

4) FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THE HOUSING MARKET IS ON THE RISE

A key component of the bailout has been the federal support for mortgages and mortgage-backed securities, primarily through the Federal Reserve. Altogether, the government has disbursed more than $1.5 trillion in non-TARP funds to directly support the mortgage and housing market since 2007.

Global Research Articles by Mary Bottari
Anyone who wants to make a change in the world will have to face criticism. People are sometimes unnerved by social innovators. They may tell you that you can't make a change, or that you are foolish to try. Like in Episode five, the Evoke member had trouble with her family because they didn't believe in what she was doing. They expected her to be living a normal life, like them. To anyone to wants to become an Evoke member, they should be prepared to be told they can't succeed. It can be discouraging, but in the end you can prove them wrong. It's worth the sacrifice and struggle to make it to the end.

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