Occupy 2.0: "Positive Alternatives"


Occupy 2.0: "Positive Alternatives"

A group hosted by Dave Furze, focused on the importance of being "for" something and tapping into existing research, initiatives, organizations, etc. for inspiration and wisdom around what the Occupy movement might stand for as a vision of what is possible.

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Comment by Dave Furze on December 6, 2011 at 9:23pm

Ethical Capitalism? An interactive dialogue in association with Occupy London
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom. Including Ken Costa and Dr Luke Brotherton and Representatives from Occupy London

Comment by Dave Furze on December 4, 2011 at 12:15pm

Transforming Capitalism

‘Transforming Capitalism from Within’ by Jonathan Rushworth and Michael Schluter sets out an alternative, relational approach to the purpose, performance and assessment of companies.  This report proposes far-reaching reforms as to how companies could operate as ‘Relational communities’ in a sustainable and profitable way, rather than as vehicles within which all parties compete for short-term financial gain.  Read the executive summary here.

Walk the talk

Every time you make a financial transaction over the next week, pause first to think about the relationship inherent in the matter; is there anything you might do differently to make that relationship closer, fairer or more long-lasting? ( (Taken from Friday Five, Stimulating Relational Thinking by Jonathan Tame, 2nd Dec) See http://fridayfiveblog.blogspot.com/

Comment by Dave Furze on December 4, 2011 at 12:12pm

“The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.”  Abraham Lincoln



The High Pay Commission published its long awaited report last week after a year of research into executive remuneration in the UK.  Chairperson Deborah Hargreaves stated, “There's a crisis at the top of British business… When pay for senior executives is set behind closed doors, does not reflect company success and is fuelling massive inequality it represents a deep malaise at the very top of our society.”

Capitalist economics is primarily about generating a return on capital; what might a more relational economy look like?  Drawing its inspiration from the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition, ‘Relational Thinking’ understands all financial decisions to be expressions of relationships – for example between buyer and seller, lender and borrower, employer and employee, taxpayer and government.  Ensuring these relationships are close, fair and lasting is essential to a successful economy; rising inequality is a sign that they are moving in the opposite direction. (Taken from Friday  Five Stimulating Relational Thinking by Jonathan Tame, 2nd Dec)

Comment by David Eggleton on November 29, 2011 at 11:09pm

I think this group on this site is focused on positives, namely, permaculture and related design approaches.


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Regular Calls are no longer being held.  Below is the schedule that was maintained from the Fall of 2011 through Jan 10, 2013.

"Vital Conversations" 

8-10a PDT | 11a-1p EDT | 3-5p GMT 

Tuesdays (except 10/16)
"Connect 2012"

1-3p PDT | 4-6p EDT | 8-10p GMT

"Occupy Heart" 

3-5p PDT | 6-8p EDT | 10p-12a GMT

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Mitchell L Gold commented on Occupy Cafe Stewards's page Feedback
"inventory is like taking stock - what resources are committed to the movement - in people, time, cars, technology, plane flights? ideas that are working - where are they from an implementation point of view?  for example - the ISO 26000 is a…"
Nov 3, 2014
Ben Roberts commented on Occupy Cafe Stewards's page Feedback
"Thanks for catching that in the link, Janos. Not sure what you mean, Mitch. Inventory as in business accounting? Resources as in...?"
Nov 3, 2014
Janos Abel commented on Occupy Cafe Stewards's page Feedback
"Good to see this site waking up!"
Oct 24, 2014
Janos Abel commented on Janos Abel's blog post Occupying should be just the first step
"Ben, Just seen this two year old message from you. Not sure how I fell out of this wagon, but good to be back. The issue is still exercising me a lot. Fortunately opportunities still abound for moving forward. In my opinion it is a question of…"
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