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New Writing from Graeber on Occupy and Democracy

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 …


Added by Ben Roberts on April 26, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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

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…


Added by Ben Roberts on November 1, 2012 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

The Importance of "New Stories"

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.…


Added by Ben Roberts on July 26, 2012 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Video: "From Consumers to Citizens"

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…


Added by Ben Roberts on June 27, 2012 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Oh Canada!

Pretty inspiring things happening Up North these days.  This blog post offers a taste of the sheer joy the mass protests in Montreal are unleashing.  The vimeo clip below captures the essence of this energy beautifully as well.  The post also laments the lack of good coverage in the English language press.  Let's hope that changes soon…


Added by Ben Roberts on May 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

DailyKos Plugs Occupy's 2/29 Anti-ALEC Actions

Nice piece from DKos regular Meteor Blades.  Here's the heart of it, with some good links about the protest and a rousing defense of the hard and valuable work being done by so many Occupiers:

The damage done by the corporations that fund ALEC and its stable of mostly Republican legislators is immense and…


Added by Ben Roberts on February 21, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments

Occupy Greeley has Got It Together!

Just got another fabulous e-newsletter from the Greeley Gang in Colorado.  Email Mil Hart if you want to get on their list.  These guys are IN ACTION and framing Occupy in a way that can resonate for a really broad swath of the 99%.  Way to go, Mil & Co.!

You can see more at their excellent website:



Added by Ben Roberts on December 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Weekly Cafe Calls

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 

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"Connect 2012"

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"Occupy Heart" 

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Fifteen years ago, I ran across a book, "100 Most Influential People in History," during one of my dalliances to my local Marin County bookstore. "Influential People" was one man's assessment on exactly that. But how he determined his rankings was the interesting part. They weren't always the reasons you would think. But after thinking about it, they made complete sense. For example:George Washington was ranked in the top 40 of all time. Understandable. But the reason why ... not so much. You…See More
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