Meet and Greet!

Please join this group and help us to start building some "social fabric" here at Occupy Cafe.

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Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2013

Welcome to Meet and Greet!

One of the most generative and hospitable actions is the welcoming of strangers. This group is one place to do just that.  You can start with a few posts to the Wall below, followed by an entry into the Group Forum (as distinct from the main Forum linked to on the menu bar) on the question of "What draws you to Occupy Cafe?"

The rest is up to you for the moment, but we have some interesting ideas cooking for what might happen here.  If you are interested in volunteering to help steward this group, please let us know!.  People who have an interest in Appreciative Inquiry might be especially valuable.

Discussion Forum

What draws you to Occupy Cafe?

Started by Occupy Cafe Stewards. Last reply by KellyAngelPdx Jun 24, 2012. 27 Replies

Why are you here?  Seriously!  Yes, we know we asked you that once already when you joined Occupy Cafe.  So if your profile answer is really juicy, by all means click "my page" above and cut and…Continue

Brainstorming ideas for connecting Occupy Cafe members together

Started by Ben Roberts. Last reply by KellyAngelPdx Jun 24, 2012. 11 Replies

As a Peter Block fan, I get that building "social fabric" is a prerequisite for anything truly transformational to emerge from a group.  I also believe that we have only scratched the surface…Continue

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Comment by James R. Martin on January 7, 2012 at 5:23pm
I have this fantasy or vision or whatever it may be ... delusion? (heh) ... in which I'm envisioning the #Occupy movement inspiring and catalyzing an absolutely amazing, astonishing, extraordinary ... global day of action on the Climate Crisis on April 22nd, 2012, a.k.a, Earth Day. I see the #Occupy movement working with simply every ecologically and environmentally friendly organization known to man/woman (dogs, geese, lizzards...), and, well, everyone else, too, to create a massive influx of freaking cosmic awakening about our power to transform our world for the better in 99 ways times nine, starting with 99 basic practical and mostly local solutions to the climate crisis.
Comment by Ron Ames on January 6, 2012 at 1:20am

I am an old white guy that has lived modestly but well, across the country before the system started to crumble. Four zones, and I traveled a lot.

Now, strategically, we must eliminate the power of money in our elections, Supreme Court appointments, and to corrupt politicians and civil servants.
Tactically, we need to put people to work which will go a long way to solving the debt problem when coupled with a reformed tax system: simple, progressive and without loop holes. Also scrubbing and strengthening the regulatory system of the loopholes and removing the corruption in it, is critical. It is time for us to pull on the rope, together.

I believe the movement needs big numbers and the appearance of big numbers.

100,000 or 500,000 in Washington DC is all well and good, if you are the Koch brothers. I think we can be more clever than that.I will elucidate later. Think about where the media will be.

Comment by Charles Koehler on December 23, 2011 at 7:46pm

Getting to Know Me(Houston, TX):

I'm a full-time math tutor at an HISD inner-city school and have decided this week to pursue becoming a spiritual life coach due to my life and healing experiences over the years. I'm a member of the Integral Consciousness group that meets in West Univ. place and I'm trying to start up an Eckhart Tolle meetup group ( in medical center area. I love music, animals, books, movies, food, etc. I stream an all-female alternative radio station online at and I'm an Aquarius turning 45 next month.

Comment by indiana.activist on December 8, 2011 at 5:05pm

Hello from the good ol Midwest. Where I live there is not as many people so occupy activity is extremely low. I live in a county that has only 19,500 people. It's mostly rural. I moved here less than a year ago from a city of 65,000+. It's a very big contrast. Currently I am beginning to take a survey on the high poverty rate and the amount of lawsuits filed by collection agencies in this county. I am beginning to see a very high trend here, and may explain the low population.

Comment by Jo on December 4, 2011 at 5:06am

Hello Occupy family!

I love what Lauren said and also have a friend who created a Global Kindness Initiative, the motto being Kindness is the New Currency.

I have always been interested in inclusion and have worked for many years with the disenfranchised, the homeless, those suffer the demonising stigma of mental illness and the fringe dwellers in general.

At the moment I am Pre-Occupied (tee hee!) with the challenge of creating safe space that is also inclusive, for at Occupy Melbourne (Australia) we are experiencing the same difficulties with violence, sexual and otherwise and other forms of anti-social behaviour. We have something similar to the OWS Good Neighbour Policy, but also great reluctance to eject anyone from Camp.

Happy to be here and looking forward to chewing the Occupy fat!

Comment by Nicole Smith on November 14, 2011 at 9:33am

Welcome Jasper. I've always been interested in simplicity - and it seems like my life has become too complicated. I have been convincing my family over the past years to gift me at Christmas with donations to those in need.

Comment by Jasper on November 13, 2011 at 3:29pm

I am interested in connecting with people to define ways that we can be successful at creating the world we want to live in. What's mostly on my mind is convincing people to use money wisely - shop sparingly, locally, sharing, plant and harvest, talk about debt - debt honesty, wealth honesty...what's all that look like.

I want us to challenge the big "christmas shopping" spree that people are embarking on now. Whoa I say.....

Comment by Nicole Smith on October 31, 2011 at 9:29am

Nicole here from Occupy Hamilton in Ontario Canada. Excited to get to know other Occupiers around the world. Hello everyone!

Comment by Gary Horvitz on October 29, 2011 at 3:27pm

Lauren, what a sweet post and welcome here. I'm glad you chose to introduce yourself. Since you did so, and since you showed up in the Meet and Greet zone, I'm wondering if you might be inclined to lend us a hand in greeting new members as well.

There is a simple way to comment directly to each member here using a link by their avatar on the "members" page. You can immediately see if anyone else has welcomed them. My fellow stewards and I are deep in developing the infrastructure to sustain and grow this space and the call process. We need help.

I am absolutely not twisting your arm. It just seems sort of synchronous for you to show up just as we were thinking about this.


By the way, great sign.

How about "Compassion is the currency of the new paradigm." Bingo.

I look forward to hearing from you.



Comment by Stephen Buckley on October 22, 2011 at 5:57pm

I have been an advocate of improved public participation for many years, both as a federal employee and, now, as a citizen. In 1997, I set up the very first web-forum for the public to comment on a project proposed by U.S. government.

#Occupy seems to exhibit peoples' frustration with the quality of our democratic system: they are tired of being ignored after being constantly told that they are being listened to. (Maybe "exasperation" is a better word.)

So I think that my experience in public engagement may be of some use here. More about me at


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