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Secret of Missing EVOKE Powers and Social Activism

the EVOKE 'powers' just seem suspect to me, with the fact that the World Bank is sponsoring Urgent Evoke. many of the 'powers' focus on invention and capitalism. people have been involved in entrepreneurship for centuries; however, many of the worst problems don't go away by throwing money at them.

it seems to me that there are several ideas at the HEART of social activism that are not present in the EVOKE 'powers'.

0) COMPASSION - LOVE, not capitalism or profiteering, should be the basis of social activism.

0) CHARITY - we work for the benefit of others, not for profit or fame.

0) EMPATHY - in order to understand the problems of the world, we must be willing to stand in the shoes of others.

anyone else have some missing EVOKE 'powers' to add?

remember, seek the TRUTH!

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Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 14, 2010 at 10:33pm
I agree with you we could have those 3 super powers too. Let me think of others . . .
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 10:41pm
sharing, giving, receiving gracefully, the personal touch, understanding ground realities, helping
for this post i'd give you all my points if i could but i can't
don't know if mine overlaps with yours - i guess sharing and giving would come under charity and understanding ground realities under empathy but i too agree and think the very words are cold in the powers some of them - i mean entreprenuership, innovation and sustainablity could be teamwork, originality, longevity....
mak would be thrilled to read your post...
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 14, 2010 at 10:48pm
There are so many ways to sort people's best traits and abilities. I'd say that it's all love, as it's impossible to be successful for any length of time without loving what you're doing and loving those you're doing it with. Otherwise you get burnout.

And just being here is "charity", as we're nearly all here because we want to make the world a better place. Which means that those of us who are here by choice do have empathy for others.

So perhaps these three powers are too common to everyone here to bother measuring for the game. Though they are clearly excellent powers to have. :-)

As far as what I might add to the powers list, I might like to see something about self-awareness, or something similar to indicate people's ability to really know what they want and how their own unique skills and abilities fit in with their goals.

And I'd love to see "mediation" or "negotiation" listed as a power. It's definitely an element of collaboration, but it's rare enough that it's worth noting on it's own, I think. Having someone around who's able to bring to opposing groups or individuals together for a win-win solution is really valuable!
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 10:59pm
guess i sound as know it all as you do turil
by the way i still havent figured out are you a man or a woman
i know it's irrelevant but my mind works in very random ways
well i agree with the idea of mediation and negotiation but id prefer to call it peacemaking and dialogue
i like making simple things complex and complex things simple
and most people remain in the middle in terms of using language
Comment by nomadHAR on April 14, 2010 at 11:42pm
CHARITY, to me, means giving while receiving nothing in return. it is a stand against profiteering.

i think a wh*** lot of greedy and self-centered people are monetarily successful and don't seem to burn out. they just keep going for more power and money to fill the h*** in their souls.

i like the idea of SELF-AWARENESS. i'm still finding my own original way to contribute to social activism, looking at my skills and motivations. Bruce Lee taught that one must know oneself; the art is based around knowing what you can and cannot do. i think the 'Quests' can help give some inner insight.

i have one power that i think is key, is CRITICAL THINKING. i have tried to instill this in my students and in the people i know. a part of that also takes an OPEN MIND that is willing to look beyond popular/widespread theories and ideas.
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 11:49pm
critical thinking, critiquing, analytical thinking, interpretation, integrity in research data and analysis, factual truthfulness,problem solving, out of the box thinking, making mistakes, losing, failing, wow nomadhar now you have me on a roll...
are you a teacher too?
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 14, 2010 at 11:51pm
i fully agree on your defintion of charity , no expectations or demands just giving and then forget about it
Comment by Michele Baron on April 15, 2010 at 12:03am
Hi nomadHAR, there is a recent msnbc article on 5 key "moral triggers"--behaviors or "conflicting morals" which, paired with emotion-driven logic, lead to fundamental disconnects between parties of different political/cultural/moral backgrounds. A Jonathan Haidt (UVA) and colleagues spotlighted five basic "moral triggers," () which people use to judge (or, flip side, work with) others. They overlap with nomadHAR and Koshy's listing: value kindness and compassion, react negatively to cruelty; sense of fairness/reciprocity (altruism); sense of loyalty--belonging, dislike for disloyalty; respect for authority (in general); and "purity/sanctity"--they tie this to religious values ( ). I would probably add Pan's favorite (and Mendela's)--resilience. Keep getting up. I need to think more, but wanted to add this. Thank you for the post!!
Comment by Michele Baron on April 15, 2010 at 12:06am
I do believe I will post a link properly some day. Sorry:


oh--and how about tolerance? thanks... :)
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 15, 2010 at 12:10am
patience, goodness, gentleness, self control or discipline


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