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Occupy Your Neighborhood

Establishing Common Ground: Co-creating our Future Around the Dining Table

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Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2012

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Occupy Cafe at your dining room table?

Started by Ben Roberts Aug 21, 2012. 0 Replies

Dear "Occupy Your Neighborhood" Friends:Hope this finds you all in fine fettle!I thought about this group as soon as we got inspired during our design conversation for…Continue

Neighborhoods for Permaculture

Started by David Eggleton. Last reply by David Eggleton Jan 18, 2012. 3 Replies

Economy of scale acquires wonderful new meaning when permaculture design manages to…Continue

Tags: suburban, urban, neighborhood, permaculture design, design

Let's take this seriously!

Started by Ben Roberts. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 11, 2012. 9 Replies

Friends:I would love to see us experiment with a series of "kitchen table occupations," using OC as a way to link them together into one large and powerful dialogue.  We will have a nice juicy…Continue

Resources for Dining Table Conversation

Started by Ron Czecholinski. Last reply by Ron Czecholinski Jan 10, 2012. 18 Replies

Let's start a list of resources that could help organize and facilitate face to face conversation and action.Continue

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Comment by Michelle Holliday on November 1, 2011 at 10:55pm

Yes, thanks for the great starting point, Ron.  If you don't mind further friendly questioning of our starting points, I'm also wondering about the "neighborhood" part.  I love the idea of encouraging more neighborhood-based community.  And at the same time, to get there, I wonder if we have to start smaller, at a more personal level.  Even in building neighborhood community/conversation, are we talking about in people's homes?  I'm very open to all possibilities for how we'll describe this - I just need a little help to move my brain out of the dining room and into the neighborhood. 

Comment by Ron Czecholinski on November 1, 2011 at 10:41pm

Sure - I meant it as "transcending" but can see how it can have a negative effect. Also- it was only meant as a starting point, let's come up with something that communicates co-creating our future.

Comment by Michelle Holliday on November 1, 2011 at 10:12pm

Thanks for creating this space, Ron.  And hello, Lindsay!  

When I first saw the title (Creating Common Ground: conversation and action across party lines) I was a little taken aback at the "across party lines" part.  I wondered if that positioning would actually invite division, causing people to define themselves as "on one side of the party line or the other."  Then Lindsay's comments seemed to confirm that.  Is there other wording we could use that just addresses our core humanity?  Even "Common Ground" focuses our attention on how/whether we're currently standing on other-than-common ground.  Could we focus attention instead on the future we want to create together? That's the ultimate common ground, isn't it? 

Comment by Ron Czecholinski on November 1, 2011 at 7:02pm

Glad you joined Lindsay. I have been in conversation with Ben Roberts about connecting a face to face component here. I also have been in conversation with Michelle Holiday about this (she wrote the occupy your dining table article).

I work with Sociocracy, a very effective organization and decision making model. Some of us are in conversation also about this. I imagine the possibility of using World Cafe to facilitate initial conversation and Sociocracy for organization and forward movement.

Invite who you think would be interested - let's get the core group together and figure out how to make this happen.

What time and skills do you have?

Comment by Lindsay Newland Bowker on November 1, 2011 at 4:34pm



So glad you started this and hope Aerin will find us and join us here as well (Habalamos de la comunidad)

Sounds so easy and is exactly twhat has to happen ..but try and tell that to the Dems, the Repulicans, the Green Party all gearing up for 2012..none seeing themselves as "the 99%"..none willing to even meet, yet alone act beyond party identity.

Had the Occupy movement actually brought this about anywhere?  Is it happening?  How do we actually bring this about?




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