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Sustainability at a Crossroads

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts May 13, 2013. 2 Replies

Do you miss our regular calls?  Were you hoping to join one but never made it?  Then perhaps you will join…Continue

A Time for Courage: theme for the week of Jan 6, 2013

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janos Abel Mar 31, 2013. 25 Replies

We are being called to a place…Continue

Gifts: Vital Conversation for the Week of 11/5

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dyck Dewid Nov 12, 2012. 18 Replies

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Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Getting started shortly with the next Gift Circle"
Sep 18, 2015
Deborah Hart Yemm commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Oh, reading your earlier comment, Ben - maybe your 11:30 am is the "gift circle" whatever that is or the " additional hour prior to".  Does that mean that the call/online space opens ahead of time ?"
Sep 17, 2015
Deborah Hart Yemm commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Hmmm, I thought it was 12:30pm Eastern for the second round today.  Hoping to join in around 11:30am CDT today. BTW, Ben - great way to celebrate your birthday.  May it prove to be everything you could ever wish for. I've posted this…"
Sep 17, 2015
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Got off to a nice start this morning with a bunch of the people at La Decentrale, and four others that "beamed in" along with me. Back at 11:30am Eastern for another couple of hours. Then again tomorrow,"
Sep 17, 2015
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"I'm here on Zoom with the Decentrale gang in Switzerland, now through 10am Eastern/2pm UTC, and again from 11:30-1:30. Please join me. We'll be doing two gift circles, as well as sharing stories, hanging out, etc."
Sep 17, 2015
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Hey Stephen and Deborah! Nice to hear from you both. Today, I'll be on for the two gift circles and for an additional hour prior to reach one. Tomorrow, I plan to be on for most of the day (US Eastern time) except for a 1-3pm call I will have…"
Sep 17, 2015
Steve G. Barnes commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Hi Ben. Nice to see this happening. I really appreciated the Café calls. I have been busy working with others on part of the development of independent media, citizen media and the new journalism. Mostly with Democracy Watch Media shows and…"
Sep 16, 2015
Chris Zumbrunn commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Actually, if it turns out to be possible and if that is fine with you Ben as well, we'll try to make use of the same Zoom room throughout the weekend, providing anybody interested with a stream *and* an opportunity to interact with what is…"
Sep 16, 2015
Deborah Hart Yemm commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Nice to hear from you again, Ben. I'll try to check in at some point."
Sep 16, 2015
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Of course, Ellen! sorry if what I wrote wasn't clear. Anarchism emerged as a separate political movement from Marxism in the 19th century, in St. Imiere, Switezerland. And that iswhere La Decentrale--the in-person gathering we are partnering…"
Sep 15, 2015
ellen commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"I loved OWS, but it was hardly the "birthplace of anarchism". "
Sep 15, 2015
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Occupy Decentrale at Topic: Occupy Decentrale Open Zoom Room Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/375432488

September 17, 2015 to September 18, 2015
A multi-day gathering in recognition of the fourth anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street, in partnership with the Decentrale project in Mont Soleil, Switzerland. If you can, please post a comment to let us know when you plan to come, or just drop in any time. We'll be hanging out ALL DAY, sharing stories, and looking for ways to support one another via one hour "gift circles:"Thursday at 8am and…See More
Sep 15, 2015
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Occupy Decentrale at Zoom: link TBA

September 17, 2015 to September 18, 2015
A multi-day gathering in recognition of the fourth anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street, in partnership with the Decentrale project in Mont Soleil, Switzerland. If you can, please post a comment to let us know when you plan to come, or just drop in any time. We'll be hanging out ALL DAY, sharing stories, and looking for ways to support one another via one hour "gift circles:"Thursday at 8am and…See More
Sep 11, 2015
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
Ben Roberts commented on Occupy Cafe Stewards's page Feedback
"Sounds like a plan! Did I send you this link, by the way, to a report I co-authored as part of a larger dialogic engagement I was a part of this year? http://www.postcarbon.org/publications/weaving-crne/ ;;"
Oct 24, 2014
Ben Roberts commented on Occupy Cafe Stewards's page Feedback
"Hi Janos! This site is essentially a record of the work we did for sixteen months, from October 2011-Jan 2013. That said, it's still technically "functioning," as our exchange demonstrates. I just don't think anyone is paying…"
Oct 24, 2014

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New Writing from Graeber on Occupy and Democracy

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5000 Years, has a new book out.  The Democracy Project starts with Graeber discussing the supression of Occupy Wall Street. That's part of his larger thesis that our political and economic institutions are so scared of change that they are more interested in making us believe change is impossible than they are in actually functioning effectively.  You can …

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New from Strike Debt/OWS: "The Rolling Jubilee" Intitiative

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:04am 2 Comments

For those of you not on the OWS/Strike Debt email list...

It’s finally time to talk about an exciting new initiative from Strike Debt, called “The Rolling Jubilee”.  The Rolling Jubilee is a bailout of the people by the people - we buy defaulted debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, we abolish it.  



We're writing to ask the national Occupy network for help to spread the word…

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The Importance of "New Stories"

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:30pm 9 Comments

When a theme shows up repeatedly from multiple directions, I usually pay attention.  This is happening for me right now with the message about the importance of creating and sharing powerful stories that speak to the possibility of a major transformation of the human presence on this planet.

A core challenge in catalyzing systemic transformation is presenting the possibility (and, I believe the current reality) of that shift in ways that people can easily grasp and become inspired by.…

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Video: "From Consumers to Citizens"

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:54pm 1 Comment

One of my favorite themes. 

This video was recently shared on the Art of Hosting list-serve by Ria Baeck via Simon d’Osogna. I just watched it and it really is a lovely nice-quality video about public participation, citing practices used in one region of Austria like Appreciative Inquiry, Wisdom Council, Citizen Juries, and World Café.  I figured some people on this NCDD list might enjoy watching it as well, so am sharing the link.  

A 55min video presentation by Manfred…

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At 12:56pm on January 8, 2013, Sheridan Tinder said…

...she is known to me but is NOT a friend, though at one time I considered her a friend...

At 1:59am on January 3, 2013, Marie Poland said…

The name of the project I'm working on is "Weaving Our World."

:) 

At 7:48pm on October 16, 2012, John F. Dunbar said…

I'm not 100% sure that I like retaining the competition part. It might work in some circumstances but it always ends up leaving the least capable (or even the least competitive) behind until they are excluded, either in fact or in their perception. That is where we are at now; the wealthy can buy what they need to win are everyone else is disenfranchised. 

I'll beg your indulgence for a quick story. Before the so-called 'original' expansion of the NHL took place in the 1960's, a tie was still considered a valid outcome (in my estimation the best possible outcome) of a well-played game despite the fact that 2/3 of the 'original six' teams were American. With expansion bringing ice hockey to many more American markets with limited experience of the game and it was decided that the fans in those markets would not accept a game ending without a 'winner' and many, different strategies have been tried to determine which of the 2 teams that played equally well is unworthy. The decision is often made by some small bounce which has nothing more to do with the way the game was played than flipping a coin. I refuse to watch and leave the TV with my decision . . . a tie.

So why would one compete to see who can do the most good? If someone helps a stranger who is less mobile to cross the street, they are as worthy as Bill Gates or Warren Buffett but would that be recognized, most importantly by the person who helped the stranger? If not, then it would just be another version of the same old, same old.

I think competition and co-operation require two completely opposing mind sets which cannot be combined to make a third way of accomplishing tasks. Apparently some of the very large co-ops from Italy have entered into competitive global markets but I understand that their values and ethics had to be compromised in order to do so and that many of the older families involved did not support such activity. 

At 2:51am on October 16, 2012, John F. Dunbar said…

A rare bird indeed, that coopetition! Perhaps with incubation, nurturing and a strong will to leave the nest it will be able to be re-introduced.

At 1:41pm on October 5, 2012, Matthew Nicholas said…

I think right now, as I am not involved in any physical occupy movement (ie camping out...etc), the most important thing is to make sure all our wonderful people that are doing it are registered to vote. There isn't much time left to register and I personally do not want to see another disaster happen in the United States. I feel that it is important to not only march in the streets, wherever you hail from, but also to make your voices heard on election day.

At 10:26pm on October 2, 2012, Val said…

http://www.thenation.com/article/168378/true-story-sharia-american-courts

here is but a piece of the puzzle... the lower third is relevant to our discussion today... 

~peacefully, Val

At 12:43pm on September 17, 2012, Judy Frankel said…

Hi Ben! Sorry I've been gone for so long. I've been working on the attached "infomercial" that I hope will go viral. Today I'm interviewing a college student whom I hope will intern at Writeindependent.org to spread the message that we need to get money out of politics. Here's the infomercial: http://youtu.be/PmlN6eYhJ4k

At 4:54am on August 28, 2012, jules sansabri said…

Hi Ben

Is there a moderator here?  I have a question.

At 7:07pm on August 23, 2012, Susan Green said…

HI Ben, Thanks for welcoming me. My friend is Phil Mastrocola. I hope to join the conversation soon.

At 8:33am on August 11, 2012, Aryt Alasti said…
What's missing from a lot of Occupy communities at this point is a vision of what priorities we might focus on, which would reflect our commonalities of belief about what is wrong with this world, and with which we could have real hope of effecting the fundamental change necessary if there is to be a future of enhanced well-being for humanity. We can anticipate what the consequences of inaction will be. Can we learn from each other, from history, from the sciences, the arts, and all that the collective human experience has to offer us, so that indeed we avert those consequences and begin the process of bringing this planet to a new and better phase of its evolution?
 
 
 

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Tamera for Tomorrow: A Model for the 99% and Creating Just and Environmentally Sustainable Communities

Lets speak to the deep meaning of the vampire myth in relationship to modern day.  How many people, especially many of us rationalized liberals, realize that myth speaks to reality.   Our issue in not understanding is our lack of an intelligent understanding of metaphor, which epistemologist Gregory Baetson defines as “a language…See More
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Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event Occupy Decentrale
"Getting started shortly with the next Gift Circle"
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