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My favorite secret to social innovation is actually a reflection of EVOKE as a wh***.

"Provide skills, not just finished technologies."

It's an old, old saying. "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will be fed for a lifetime." I can think of no simpler definition of the secret.

I believe in the power of knowledge. I believe that knowing that knowledge is power is empowering. I believe that people who feel empowered by what they learn are more likely to want to learn more.

By having an obvious demonstration that learning some particular skill is bettering oneself and one's community, one would be more likely to continue along that path and bring others with them.

I'm being vague for a reason - these skills could refer to surviving in developing worlds, but they can also refer to participating in EVOKE.

We're learning the skills needed to save the world - if the world was suddenly 'fixed' and handed over to us, we wouldn't have the capability of keeping it that way!

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Comment by Alchemy on March 3, 2010 at 10:13am
"We're learning the skills needed to save the world - if the world was suddenly 'fixed' and handed over to us, we wouldn't have the capability of keeping it that way!"

This is a powerful insight, Agent Sahlin.

Welcome to the EVOKE network. You have succeeded quite well at your first mission, and I look forward to your next.
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 10:15am
This is an amazing post David. I think it inspires people to get out and learn as much as they can so they can then make a difference on their own.
Comment by kiyash on March 3, 2010 at 10:29am
+1 vision for this. Great post.
Comment by Lauren Soffer on March 3, 2010 at 10:30am
This is an truly inspiring post David! Glad to be EVOKE-ing with you!
Comment by Adrian Poaca on March 3, 2010 at 1:18pm
To be honest your post is very similar to mine. +1 vision from me as well.


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