i have been following Urgent Evoke from the beginning and only had the chance to start recently. however, i have noticed a bit of a trend that i think arises from the fact that this is funded by the World Bank. there seems to be a large focus on capitalism and entrepreneurship; as opposed to volunteering, charities and non-profit organizations. as in, Urgent Evoke rarely mentions the latter three.
Gandhi did not use business and capitalism in social activism. neither did Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. nor many others. yet, Urgent Evoke seems to be pushing the idea of making money from helping people; as opposed to JUST HELPING PEOPLE.
i am in no way speaking against invention or innovation. however, i believe that some focus should be upon how some of the wonderful ideas being voiced by agents on Urgent Evoke can be integrated into a charity or non-profit organization.
i think that some of the problems described by the missions are systemic to deeper problems in the world. thus, some of the solutions developed in Urgent Evoke are only a bandage; we must seek the HEART of these problems. for example, money flowing between government, media and corporations in legalized bribery and back-alley deals result in agendas that widen the gap between the richest and poorest. the USA government has given billions of dollars to the very people and corporations whose unethical practices let to the current collapse here. multimillionaire executives and investors get to walk away with more millions of dollars, while millions of people without jobs or health care pay the taxes that funded this bailout.
another one of my criticisms of Urgent Evoke, which also happens to be a known criticism of the World Bank, is in the emphasis on the poor and socially discriminated to have to pull themselves out of their problems. just as much focus should be placed on how to dismantle the deeper systems of discrimination and control put in place by the greedy and self-serving. i believe these include pure capitalism and pure democracy, which devolve into social Darwinism.
in addition, the World Bank has skeletons in its closet, including practices that were proven to hurt economies and intimidation of critics:
for example: they, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), tried to prevent the publication of a study that linked capitalism and specific WB/IMF projects with the spread of AIDS in developing countries.
here is a short list of some of my favorite charities, social activism groups and non-profit organizations to examine for yourselves:
(by the way, i support, but do not work for or get any kind of compensation from any of these. these are the ones that i give to regularly and volunteer for)
some of the best tools we have are skepticism and criticism. remember, seek the TRUTH!