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I reprinted the beginning of this article by J. Andrew Felkerson from Alternet.org as it sheds more light on the complete failure of the current financial system. Not that we didn't already know it is a failed system, but Felkerson's research may reveal a magnitude of collapse that may make even those politicians, in the…Continue
Will the Occupy movement stimulate lasting positive change for our economy and culture? Or will it merely serve as a lingering vehicle for expressing dissatisfaction, ultimately seeming to confirm the cynical view that real change is impossible? I propose that the outcome might depend on how deeply the movement embraces nonviolence in its most profound sense.
There is a consensus that the intention of the movement is to be nonviolent. Yet, I am guessing that many people lack a deep…Continue
Getting into the nuts and bolts of Occupy process, here is one example of what one site is using for their decision-making at General Assemblies that may be a useful model for others. Many Occupy locations are using consensus with a fallback option to super-majority vote, and this document from Occupy Eugene (Oregon, US) sets out a relatively clear explanation for how that may be framed.
Until Occupy came along, consensus with an active voting fallback was a fairly unusual form…Continue
Added by Tree Bressen on December 1, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments
"Representing all voices continually and repeatedly." This was a phrase I tossed out in an email a few days back and it just came flying back like a boomerang. It does seem to be at the core of this unfolding experiment in democracy called Occupy. I extracted this blog from one of my replies within a spirited email conversation regarding the proposed National General Assembly for July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA and whether or not a system of delegates is Paleozoic and we…Continue