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Breakout Group: Four members.
I've been looking at the evolution of the General Assembly process.
C.T. Lawrence Butler and John Buck are the key people looking at the consent of the governed.
There is also a technical book called "We the People"
This is about how you connect the small circle with the big circle. About how you can include a lot of people in the process of self governance.
There is also a web site "Beyond Democracy"
John Buck is active with Occupy Ahseville.
We need to practice valuing other people. When we do that, people recognize their own power.
Occupy brings such a diverse group of people together. It's amazing.
John S Veitch:
The future leaders of our community are getting practical lessons in leadership while they camp in the park. They have to be practical or they won't last long. They are in a learning hothouse, and the longer that lasts they more effective it will be.
The idea if a learning hothouse is wonderful. Education is important, but it's a two way street, both the trainers and the trainees should be learning something.
The work groups are incredibly important. I Seattle they are making plans about what to do when they are evicted.
Daily activity together is important. We are building links with the local church community. The creation of "Occupy Safe" is one idea; to make occupation places available indoors, on church property or other suitable sites.
That's great. We need to hold the General Assembly in other parts of the city. People learn a gread deal from the GA process. We also need to train more leaders, and train the trainers.
"The Night of a Million Tents" has been suggested. People could put up tents in their own yards, or in the local park. That's something everyone can do, because some families have a tent or at least a tarp.
We need to expand our influence.
Notes by John Veitch