When Spider Webs Unite They Can Tie Up A Lion Meaning?

Episode 2 CODE PHRASE: «When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.»

It’s an old Ethiopian proverb: «When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.» What do you think this code phrase means to the EVOKE Network?

CeCe Street

i think this proverb, «When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.» means that if everyone works together they can conquer much more than they can alone. United efforts and ideas can make a much bigger impact.

Lauren Keen

I think this is saying that Something small can carry and make an impact on something big.

Sydney Koeneman

To me this quote means as individuals we are helpless and weak but as a wh*** we can make a real diffirence. We have the power to unite and become a wh***.


When Spiderwebs Unite They Can Tie Up a Lion .

Collaborative processes, such as the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, provide evidence of humankind’s power to visualize change and its resolve to see that change materialize. Our data visualization’s theme, “when spider webs unite they can tie up a lion”, stems from the belief that there are more solutions than problems in the world, when we choose to unite.

This data visualization is an exploration of our world. We survey the landscape of both the global bad news (the lion) and the global good news (the spider webs). Then we end our journey exploring the power to unite (human empathy). Through this last section, we find out what people are thinking worldwide and listen to what humanitarians are saying through the World Humanitarian Summit.

This visualization represents a sampling of global information to provide an overall picture for discussion and dialogue purposes and it may be viewed from the lens of many different academic disciplines including psychology, sociology, geography, education and more.

This visualization is a submission to #VisualizeChange, a World Humanitarian Summit data challenge powered by UniteIdeas.

The Lion
(The Global Bad News)

Explore the global “bad news” such as poverty, disease, death and inequality. What are the causes of our suffering, where is it happening, and by how much?

The Spider Webs
(The Global Good News)

Explore the global “good news” and see the wealth of resources that we as a human species have, such as educational, financial, natural resources and more.

The Power To Unite
(Human Empathy)

Explore the World Humanitarian Summit dialogue and see what people are thinking and feeling worldwide. Is there a link between psychosocial conditions and the global good and bad news?

Concluding Thoughts

Amidst chaos and confusion, we see courage and collaboration. Amidst hardship, we see heart and hope. Amidst even the most deafening and horrendous evils — of which we can barely comprehend — the indomitable human spirit continues to emerge, starting with a single humanitarian, seemingly frail at first, but becoming fierce when joined in collaboration with other humanitarian actors. Out of the shadows, the humanitarian “net” becomes that determined, collective and resolute force, standing tall, with eyes wide open, to visualize change, to see preventable problems tamed and implement solutions to mitigate known risks.

The scope and scale of world humanitarian issues requires global citizens to broaden their view of what constitutes an effective humanitarian crisis prevention and relief strategy, while still addressing the most acute needs. We believe part of the collective “glue” for good involves human empathy. Such a topic, once relegated to the fields of faith, family, and philosophy is worthy of further exploration as it may play a pivotal role in creating a long term climate of global cooperation. When empathy is strategically cultivated, students of empathy become practitioners of empathy, impacting their families, their communities, their countries and the world for good.

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Project Credits

The Adsila Retreat would like to thank the United Nations and the World Humanitarian Summit for the opportunity to explore the world of global humanitarian action through the #VisualizeChange challenge. The six weeks we spent on this project were thoroughly exciting and challenging and most importantly, educational and eye opening for all of us as we explored intriguing data from many sources and datasets that we may not have otherwise explored. The process sparked many stimulating and thought-provoking discussions which we will never forget and we are grateful for the experience.

We would also like to thank the following collaborators, researchers and advisors for lending their invaluable expertise and ideas on this project, which could not have been completed except through our collective efforts:

Project Lead: Maraya Pearson M.B.A, Founder / President The Adsila Retreat.

Research Support: Stacey Mayo, M.A., President, Educational Harbor; Kaitlin Collier, Parsons School of Design; Jill Young, Founder Reino Ranch; Hank Hurst, Siemens; Shanti Hill, J.D. Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire, P.A.

Faculty / Research Advisors: Surendra Pratap Singh, M.A.S., Ed.D., FPPR, FACAP, FMSI, Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida, Retired Neuropsychologist; Nancy Eisenberg, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University; Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D. Professor, Interim Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia; Jennifer Lansford, Ph.D, Research Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; Linda Dusenbury, Research Consultant, Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning; Roger P. Weissberg, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education and NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dale Hewitt Collier, Kings Counsel & Trust

Geographer and Mapping Consultant: Ibrahim Mohammed

Website Design: eNox Media

Intern: Jessica Carmer, Perry High School

Infographics and databases are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


Roxanne’s Poetry Blog

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

May 15, 2010 · Filed under Proverb

This is an african proverb.

I think this proverb means that if you work together you can always make possible the impossible . In a game if you work as a team things will be easier than on your own. If all the spiders put there webs together and unite they can catch a lion because they are strong enough.


Quotation Celebration

Thoughts that show us the way…

‘When spiders unite they can tie down a lion.’ (Ethiopian Proverb)

This quotation quickly evokes an image in your mind. You see thousands of spiders spinning their web over a lion. The lion sleeps while they do their work. But when there are enough of those nearly invisible strands generated by the united spiders—the strong and ferocious lion is helplessly bound. Think of Lemuel Gulliver staked to the ground by the tiny ‘threads’ of the Lilliputians.

This proverb is not suggesting that all unity is beneficial. Some unity is destructive. Nazi Germany is one example. The Crusades are another. The point is that there’s power in unity. Unity harnesses power that discord does not.

When the effort is united, small contributions by many can make a huge difference. The oceans are made up of tiny molecules of water so small they cannot be seen individually. But bound together they form a body of almost inconceivable size and incomprehensible force. A single snowflake is the epitome of fragility. But bound together in an avalanche, the united snowflakes can destroy virtually anything in its path. Or as it’s been said–snowflakes united can stop traffic.

But the quotation doesn’t so much address accidental forces of nature. It mostly points to proactive and strategic purposes. People can effect great changes through united efforts. None of us are as capable as all of us. A single musical instrument may produce a pleasant sound. But 100 single instruments united as an orchestra can produce an enrapturing sound. A single steel wire has little strength. But unite the wire with many other wires and you can use the cable to suspend the Golden Gate Bridge.

The quotation teaches us that boundless potential exists when there’s unity. When there’s agreement. It need not be perfect agreement. But unity implies enough agreement to move forward with purpose. Abraham Lincoln observed an important application of this principle. He said, ‘There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two.’ We’ve had a recent reminder of this principle as we’ve watched the battle over American health care legislation. The likelihood of a perfect plan is abysmal. The possibility of an acceptable plan tempered by compromise is realistic. But there must be unity. A real solution requires united effort. The solution rests in the hands of the united many—not in the hands of the warring few. No lion was ever tied down by bickering and contrarian spiders.

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Application of the principle of united spiders extends to other areas of life. Unity is more powerful and more valuable than discord, wherever you find it. Whether it be unity…

  • In a company
  • In a neighborhood
  • In a family
  • In a marriage
  • Among friends
  • On a team
  • In a nation

Alone our accomplishments are limited. Together and united our accomplishments have few bounds. Never forget the power of the united many to accomplish great things. The proverb of the united spiders should help you remember.

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When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion

By Debisi Araba, Regional Director for Africa, CIAT

There’s an Ethiopian proverb: “When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion.” I’ve always been fascinated with the potential of sustained thinking and collaborative effort.

PABRA is a great example of both. That’s because while Africa is such a diverse continent, with so many tongues and tribes, we are united in the pursuit of prosperity and economic opportunity.

Our approach to improving prosperity in African agriculture must consider the myriad of complexities which make blanket interventions inadequate. We need a more robust, networked, united approach to spreading innovation and know-how, like improved crop varieties, while paying attention to the nuances of local contexts.

African agriculture needs more site-specific solutions. Spanning 31 countries – with over 570 partners and counting – for the last two decades, PABRA has taught us lessons we can’t afford to miss: by building deep and wide networks with local partners, paying attention to local similarities and differences, we can boost yields, double – even triple – incomes, improve nutrition and transform the livelihoods of entire communities.

It is a shining example of sustained thinking, backed by a unique collaboration among academic, public and private institutions.

Over the last 20 years, the work of PABRA has ensured that farmers in Africa can be more responsive to challenges like climate change, market price volatilities, pests and diseases. They are more informed of new technologies, new practices and emerging market opportunities. That will not only improve productivity and boost yields, it will enable farmers to grow and feed their own families more nutritious food.

The time is ripe for us to apply these insights to other crops, as we work to transform the agriculture sector across the continent.

The PABRA model presents a pathway for innovative engagements between the CGIAR and all external partners, particularly the private sector agribusinesses – at both small and large scales. I see a vibrant future with the PABRA model being extended to catalyze investments and improve productivity in the value chains for other crops.

The road ahead may well present new challenges, but we are undaunted, because, as Voltaire said: “No problem can withstand the power of sustained thinking.” We, along with our partners within PABRA are stronger and more resilient to face any future challenges. Together, we will tie up more ‘lions’.

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When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion

African proverb. □ 1987 J. Shreeve Nature 66 ‘When spider webs unite,’ says an Ethiopian proverb, ‘they can halt a .

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Patricia’s English Blog

Home of the Brave, African Proverbs

March 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Definition of a Proverb;

A well known line or phrase that gives good advice, or that expresses the truth through hidden words.

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African Proverbs: ( Home of the Brave)

1. When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

I think that this proverb his explaining how when the very important things happen, it is really the little things that get effected much more.

2. You only build a bridge where there is a river.

This proverb is explaining how you only make an offer when there is a benefit, meaning that you only act on something when you know that it is going to be successful.It most likely also means that you only look for a solution where there is a problem, you only contribute in helping when there is a problem.

3. One doesn’t forego sleeping because of the possibility of nightmares.

I think that what this Proverb is trying to say is that sometimes we don’t do things because we are afraid of what comes next. So basically, we are sometimes not risk-takers, too afraid of the consequences that might occur.

4. When a spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

This Proverb is trying to say that whenever a group of things or humans come together they can do a bigger difference than one.

5. A sandstorm passes;the stars remain.

The sand storm represents the bad things and moments, they are horrible when they are here, but eventually go away. But the stars, which represent the good things, joys and happiness about life, are always there, they never move.

How these African Proverbs are related to Home of the Brave:

1. This is the part where Kek comes to America and starts to live with his aunt and cousin, plus all of the story of him meeting Hannah and him going to school. The proverb is related to this because the meaning of it is that when something big is going on, the little things are always the things that suffer the most. So when these attackers came into his village when he still had a “Normal Life” and destroy his daily routine, and take away the lives of his Father and Brother, plus make he and his mother have to move and flee from their lives all because the country is at war. Also represents when the big thing, the country is at war, Happens always the little things or people, Families like Kek’s, suffer much more.

2. Kek’s life is not like it used to be which is a very big problem considering that he has seen his father’s and brother’s death, and doesn’t know if his mother is still alive is of course, excruciating. But he manages to see the positive in the problem, meaning that he is so lucky to be alive and that he better appreciate it, only because he and his “guardian” David helps him find the solution.

3. Kek might have instead of accepting the fact that this was his life from now on, be scared to take the challenge because it might go wrong. “One doesn’t forego sleeping because of the possibility of nightmares.”

4. This means that when everybody contributed throughout this part of the book to help Kek in his many problems that Kek has had, they could all manage to make a difference, a difference much bigger then only one person helping.

5.In the very end everything is starting to crumble, Louise is going to sell the house which means that he will not be able to help with the cow, his only connection to his real home. He finds out that David can not find his mum in any camp… But after all of this even though he is very, very sad he may always see the stars.


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