Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

How do you Evoke when your cup runneth over?

It's only the second day of Evoke, and already my colleagues have ten, two dozen, or even more blog posts. I know it's not a race, but it's hard to feel like I'm pulling my weight. And yet, a busy life with a full-time job and all the usual chores has made it hard to give Evoke as much time as I think it deserves.

And hey, I have it easy in the larger scheme of things: I have my evenings to myself. Some of you have spouses, kids, dogs, or all of the above. And yet Alchemy will need you, too. So this raises a larger question: How do we stay aware and active in the problems of the world, ready to serve a greater cause, when Marcia needs to be picked up at 7 and you have to watch the baby and wake up at 6 in the morning tomorrow?

One thing we can do is look for "dead space" in our daily life, time that feels wasted. For me, that's cooking dinner. It doesn't keep my brain occupied, so I've been carrying my laptop to the kitchen and watching TED talks when I'd otherwise be bored.

TED is a regular conference that hosts some of the finest thinkers in the world, everyone from writers to actors to mathematicians. These are fine and polished speakers, distilling the great passions of their lives into twenty minutes. You can learn about the 1918 flu while waiting for onions to caramelize, or folding laundry, or brushing your teeth. Every speaker is trying to change the world. And they're doing it in all different kinds of ways.

You want a good place to start? Try the talks filed under Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings. And here are a few of my personal favorites:
Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education
Paul Collier's new rules for rebuilding a broken nation
Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves

But like I said, I have it easy compared to many of you. How do you do it? When you're already cramming 30 hours into a 24 hour day, how do you keep working to change the world? How do you keep your mind elastic? I know I could learn a lot from you, and I'm sure others feel the same.

Views: 36

Comment by Monica Toth on March 5, 2010 at 7:36pm
Hi Alice, thanks for the tip! I think I'll try to keep a list at hand with five- and ten-minute tasks. I use lists nearly as often as I use oxygen. To paraphrase Gabriel García Márquez: "A man who is losing his mind makes a new one out of paper."

You have my sympathy re: your toddler. I hope she starts feeling better soon, for both your sakes.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 9, 2010 at 10:32pm
Time :) You only have the same amount everyone has. Bottom line is what we do, is what we do. What we don't do waits...or never happens It all starts with taking care of yourself first! Need sleep get it. (You're NOT getting paid huge $$ to make a deadline. Next, this IS a game -worthwhile, exciting, amazing- all true. Real Life obligations come first.The game is "at your own pace" Proceed as you can and want. DON'T BURN OUT! Keep pluggin. The tortoise beat the hare! Besides This is Collaboration! Share the load. +1 Resourcefulness
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 17, 2010 at 11:45pm
What I've done is to stop doing things that I don't love to do. That has cut out a vast amount of lame stuff that I'd been doing and freed most of my day for doing the stuff I really care about. It's amazing how much bad and not-good stuff we do out of "obligation", which is clearly just the wrong way to go about it. :-) It certainly does take a lot of courage to escape from the peer pressure to be mediocre, but it's absolutely crucial for more people to find that courage to move past the status quo so that we can, as a society, move forward. :-)


You need to be a member of Urgent Evoke to add comments!

Join Urgent Evoke

Latest Activity

Ning Admin is now a member of Urgent Evoke
May 17, 2023
N updated their profile
Sep 25, 2020
Sophie C. commented on Asger Jon Vistisen's blog post Stinging Nettle
"I love that you've brought this to attention. An extensive database of uncommon but resistant and hardy plants/foods could be developed and organized by climate. Ease of growth and processing should also be taken in to account. I will try to…"
Aug 19, 2020
Meghan Mulvey posted a blog post

Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
Jul 6, 2020
Asger Jon Vistisen posted a blog post

Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
Apr 13, 2020
Jonathon McCallum posted a blog post

The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
Mar 10, 2020
Jean Paul Galea shared a profile on Facebook
Mar 1, 2020
Kevin posted a blog post


FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
Jan 1, 2020
Namwaka Mooto posted blog posts
Jan 13, 2016
T D updated their profile
Sep 3, 2015
Brook Warner posted blog posts
Aug 25, 2015
Santiago Vega posted blog posts
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega commented on Santiago Vega's blog post Act 8
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega posted photos
May 5, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted blog posts
May 2, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted a photo

public servants

The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.
May 2, 2015

Follow EVOKE on Twitter

Official EVOKE Facebook Page

EVOKE RSS Activity Feed

© 2024   Created by Alchemy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service