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Urgent Evoke - A Paradigm Shift in Economics

As I am gathering information to play this game, a nagging question persists. . . How can human suffering be alleviated (even with the best and brightest of technological and agricultural innovative ideas) unless our souless institutions: govenments, banks and corporations with their inherent insustainability, are transformed to support productivity & value for all entities, personal, corporate, community & world?

A concrete example regarding the food crisis in Japan:

"Shortages and skyrocketing prices for rice have caused riots and growing hunger in nations from the Philippines to haiti, and the crisis worsened recently with the destruction of most of Burma's rice crop by a tropical cyclone that left millions of people homeless and hungry. Japan needs U.S. permission to release what would be more than half its 2.4 million tonnes of stored rice because of WTO obligations that require it to use purchased U.S. rice imports for domestic consumption. The rice usually goes to waste and ends up being fed to farm animals."

I can't begin to unravel the Gordian Knot of world economics because I am whatever is below amateur as a economist and I really have very little academic experience compared to most of my collaborators on Evoke. Still, I began to shift my research away from project innovations and to step back and look at what's possible in using Evoke to collaborate to re-wire society by gathering and providing information that corporations will desperately require to halt and divert the burgeoning global crises. It seems like a golden opportunity to me. . .

I started to research "Innovation Economics", and "Business Models of Integrity", and "Social Innovation" and found a wealth of fresh and juicy knowlege to add to the Evoke conversation. Here are some links that are eye-opening and speak to this moment we have the possibilty to create:

From Umair Haque - The Wisdom Manifesto -

The scarcest, rarest, and most valuable resource in the world today is wisdom. The countries, companies, and people that possess it will prosper. In many ways, wisdom is the opposite of strategy — and today, it is strategy, bought by the dozen from legions of besuited, back-slapping consultants, that is cheap, abundant, and worth little. (Umair Haque is one of my new heros)

http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2010/02/the_wisdom_planifesto.html

From Noreena Hertz -

With inequality surging, resources diminishing rapidly, and the earth's very future in question, capitalism-at-all-costs is no longer an option, she insists: "I have problems with this very extreme form of capitalism where the pendulum has swung so far in one direction, where the focus is completely on the short term, and no one is thinking about the consequences."

"I realized that how an economy functions is not just about a market anonymously distributing things but also the way people relate to each other, their beliefs, the way power is distributed. All of that was being ignored."

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/140/cassandras-revenge.html

So, as I see it, another Urgent Evoke is to create a knowlege bank that includes the tools to transform the way capitalism occurs.

Werner Erhard -

We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family. We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about. Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us. It will require courage, audacity and heart. It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet. What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people's lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings.

If not you, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?”

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Comment by kevin Jones on March 8, 2010 at 5:16am
i think the evoke economy will be interesting to see evolve. non scarcity
Comment by John Evans on March 8, 2010 at 5:42am
"Strategy" isn't a problem, it's just a lack of vision. If you help others in the world succeed and be healthy, the world becomes a better place for everyone and everyone's situation is improved. If everyone realized that, we'd all be a lot better off. And then we could get some of that strategic thinking aimed somewhere where it would do some good.

We expect people to help one another. We expect countries to help o...
Comment by glim on March 8, 2010 at 5:52am
the model i think we should strive for is a non-governmental civil society. the reason that we are so stuck with these 'higher powers' jerking us around is because we have gotten lazy, used to them taking care of us, not well, just enough so that we don't do anything. we have no alternatives, no where else to turn.

if the government doesn't take care of the streets and the parks and the people and the law ans the order, we are just at a loss, i mean, we don't even have another alternative.

if there is that empty field next to your house, we have no recourse to utilization. if the street signs are messed up and there are poth***s, we are at their mercy...

and now we get ignored. its a monopoly. if they don't fix it, at this point, no one else can. there is no alternative system...
Comment by glim on March 8, 2010 at 6:03am
i ended up taking my reply and making it into a blog post. take a look at the expanded version.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/alternatives-1
Comment by Bruce Haynes on March 9, 2010 at 9:11am
Linda if you aren't familiar with her work already, I really feel you would find value in looking into these two books by my author Frances Moore Lappe: http://liberationecologyblog.wordpress.com/ and http://www.gettingagrip.org/
Comment by kevin Jones on March 12, 2010 at 5:33am
don't think institutional unsustainability is inherent.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 12, 2010 at 1:14pm
Kevin, I don't intend to say that institutional sustainability in inherently impossible - But that the existing chronically unstable political and economic structure is no longer viable - and that the patriarchal, domination society model is inherently flawed. IMO, If we are invoking social innovation in global environmental sustainability, we must bring about change in the policies and institutions that shape human-environment interactions. I am suggesting that that the exisiting policy agendas are based upon a business paradigm that is inherently unsustainable and that transformation of our existing political and corporate culture and policies is imperative. I do not mean or think we need to throw stones at the system, but more to be a part of the conversation that demands good stewardship and promotes compassionate change and equality.
Comment by Jim Elliott on March 12, 2010 at 1:36pm
Linda, I agree with your a****sment about the problems and they are worth working on but certainly not worth waiting for because they will take so long to solve. In the meantime, and the grassroots level with individual people in in the real world positive things can happen quickly. Infantry on the ground solving problems for real people while air support tackles large strategic systemic issues is a great approach -- but dependencies should not be created between them because it can bring them both down.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 12, 2010 at 2:58pm
"elle - yes! As the other Teacher who is so close to my heart explained: Greed, avarice, and unjust worldly gain are the roots of destruction in every situation, and that they may only be overcome by a "change of heart". Love is always the answer.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 12, 2010 at 3:09pm
Jim, you are right, we are voting, somehow, every moment and I do not believe that it's even possible to have the "big issues" fixed before the grassroots movement - I believe the grassroots movement is the heart of the matter! Not to sound obtuse, but I believe that we can collectively change the conversation about the future in a way as to change the future. . .

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