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EVOKE MANIFESTO - rules to live by


1. Listen
2. Learn from others locally
3. Ask for the key concerns
4. Never assume you know what's best
5. Crowdsource solutions with communities
6. Request what you need from those who have it
7. Be transparent in sharing information
8. Protect the fragile (older, younger, vulnerable) populations
9. Remind leaders to act with wellbeing of all others in mind
10. Practice mindfulness in all endeavors
11. Seek to love the other, especially when you do not understand the culture/customs
12. Be creative in finding new ideas for tough problems
13. Promote the greater health of the wh***
14. Remember that a bandaid will not stop gangrene, in systems or in people
15. Be forthright, especially when addressing leaders who may be corrupt
16. Do not advocate violence or political turmoil
17. Promote a calm, present and capable demeanor and encourage the same in others
18. Need little, ask for less
19. Put the needs of others ahead of your own
20. Express gratitude to everyone who helps you and publically acknowledge successes

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Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 6:16pm
A lot of good ideas there.

I'd take out the "put the needs of others above your own, though, as that's a recipe for disaster, and it's incompassionate. When you are deficient, you can't offer your best self. So it's crucial to take good care of yourself first and foremost, before trying to help others.
Comment by A.V.Koshy on May 12, 2010 at 6:22pm
surprisingly i agree
Comment by Samiran Roy on May 12, 2010 at 6:26pm
Wonderful :)
Comment by Evo on May 12, 2010 at 6:29pm
Turil I understand where you're coming from and yes, you must always put your own oxygen mask on before helping the child in the seat next to you ;) You'd be surprised at how many aid workers, missionaries and other agents of change I've met who still act from very selfish ideas/pursuits.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 12, 2010 at 11:27pm
Yeah, which is why it's better for people to take care of themselves first, before they try to do things for others, so that they are actually healthy, and not stuck in some inner conflict about how they "should" take care of others instead. Lots of people believe that it's wrong to take care of themselves, and we all suffer for it.

Once you feel like you have an over abundance of goodness in your life, then it's time to turn your efforts outward, because you're going to be doing out of love, not obligation.
Comment by Buffy B on May 13, 2010 at 4:06am
Great list Evo, I think you just described yourself :)

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