Urgent Evoke

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LEARN1: Innovate on existing platforms

Secret to Social Innovation: Innovate on existing platforms
(We’ve got bicycles and mobile phones in Africa, plus lots of metal to weld. Innovate using that stuff, rather than bringing in completely new tech.)

But, use the most powerful tool in your box

This applies to local innovation as well as global innovation. Throwing the baby out with the bath water should be counter-intuitive.

There are rarely bloodless revolutions. On the other hand evolution occurs through an almost unnoticeable mutation which sets a system off in a new direction because it self-perpetuates. That mutation is change bought about by innovation within systems.

Innovation in our economic systems evolved towards free-market capitalism because it was self-perpetuating. Communism on the other hand, whilst ideologically, seemingly moral, took energy to sustain and was not self-perpetuating. It's participants yearned to follow a self-perpetuating model.

Now, along with the greatest productivity gains in history, we also have massive moral obscenities as a by product of following that path. The free-market capitalist system is due for a mutation which will lessen these obscenities to a point that, over time, they no longer exist. This will occur through a mutation that it's participants like, and want to engage in. It will occur through the reduction in fear and a consequent increase in love.

A very small simple pragmatic addition to the tools of capitalism, sold on its benefits, may be all that is required to move the lumbering system in a new and better direction.

I intend to explore this as my Evoke mission. To create it will be my superpower.

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Comment by Robert Hawkins on March 4, 2010 at 12:09am
Awesome vision! Cant wait to see what small mutations you will introduce into the system to move it toward love, creativity and less fear and greed.
Comment by Guido Heumer on March 4, 2010 at 9:25pm
I am also interested in what exactly you have in mind.
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 5, 2010 at 12:16am
So far, even though it is beautifully simple, and totally pragmatic nobody has got it in under two hours of explanation.
Rest assured I am working on my "elevator pitch". I am doing contra for a speech writer and a video team. Perhaps by the end of this mission I will have something on video I am happy truly represents the system intent, design, and working tool set, to upload. The last thing I want is for it to be misconstrued. I may only have one shot at this.
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 5, 2010 at 12:18am
When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 19, 2010 at 5:51pm
Excellent point, Greg. "... evolution occurs through an almost unnoticeable mutation which sets a system off in a new direction because it self-perpetuates." Capitalism must find effective ways to deal with the issues of power and greed. I would love to see that happen! +1 vision

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