Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

The message of EVOKE is clear; one person can affect a change on the world. Cause and reaction, simple science.

But the heart of the matter is so much more. EVOKE gives like-minded people the opportunity to network, to come together, to collectively mindmeld and share ideas and thoughts and reflections. But to do so, we all must overcome our biggest fears. Societal fears. Interpersonal fears. The fear of being unpopular, the fear of being disliked.

Fear strongly motivates people to do, often, the wrong thing. It gives us an excuse to follow the crowd with our heads bowed and to be easily cowed. We lock ourselves inside and forget the sunlight for fear of the sunburn. There is no life in that; there is no passion. Today I challenge everyone to raise their heads. I challenge you to face your fears proudly. Bravery is not a lack of fear. Courage is simply the will to move on despite the fear. The power to go against the grain and fight for what you believe in, and for who you are.

Face your fears, fellow Agents. Stray from the herd, take the road less traveled. Your mission, should you choose to accept it : Pick one fear that you've always shied away from, and conquer it. Then blog about it. Share your courage with the community, so that we may become triumphant together. Lean on the community for support, so that we may revel in your victories.

Today, I *started* a conversation with a person I didn't know. I have dealt with my paralyzing fear of social contact from a young age. It has kept me from so much. Social networking has given me a voice, and I am slowly but surely working towards finding my voice offline, as well. Maybe my victory is small to some, but to me, every conversation, every interaction, is one more step towards changing MY world.

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Comment by Vincent Aceron on March 5, 2010 at 3:56am
I love your message ..... Not only should we help change society but to also change from within and conquer those fears ... For this I bestow ..... COURAGE!
Comment by Ian Tuck on March 5, 2010 at 5:02am
Keep writing. You'll find your voice, and people will listen. We love authenticity.
Comment by David Dreshfield on March 5, 2010 at 7:09am
You've absolutely nailed what it is about EVOKE that I've found so innovative and inspiring. Great post -- I look forward to your future contributions!
Comment by Jen Shaffer on March 5, 2010 at 2:30pm
You are right. Connecting with like-minded folks to change the world is what this is all about. I look forward to reading more. And I applaud you for mustering the courage to "start" a conversation with a stranger. It is always difficult - even for those of us who do it for a living. Sometimes I get myself going by reminding myself of all the potential benefits for many people that could come out of my work. Just keep at it. You're doing great.
Comment by harrison paul roy johnson on March 5, 2010 at 2:38pm
did your fear of social contact seem to disappear on the internet???
Comment by Ángeles Araguz on March 5, 2010 at 9:49pm
I love your post. Without passion there is no life!
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 7, 2010 at 4:02am
This is a great idea! you should suggest it as a challenge.
Comment by Peter Beare on March 7, 2010 at 2:30pm
Mazaltov. This is truly fantastic.
Comment by Michele Baron on March 8, 2010 at 10:04pm
Hi Kimberlynne, thanks for sharing your blog. Anticipation of a negative outcome, fear, is often worse than encountering the event itself. I think, somewhere within each of us, is a seed of greatness, a spark which can empower us to overcome our fears and meet any challenges or hardships that arise. Not all of us choose to confront our fears, to recognize, face and try to overcome our weaknesses; Teddy Roosevelt said--some of us have greatness thrust upon us. Two more of my favorite quotes about courage are: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" (Mary Ann Radmacher). And: "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." (Alan Cohen) Maybe, as we navigate the quests of EVOKE, we will tap into our inner and communal strengths, and re-define missions, courage, and healing for ourselves and the world around us. Good travels!
Comment by John Evans on March 8, 2010 at 10:17pm
I know how hard it is to contact people. Believe me, I know.


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