A crash course in changing the world.
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)
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."
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?”