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A New Economy-- Exploring the Heart of Sustainability

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Parcell Nov 27, 2011. 177 Replies

Greetings to all Occupiers in this cafe.The "Core Conversation" thread seems to be rife with talk of a different structure and process for what we call our "economy." I am creating this thread with…Continue

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Vic Desotelle replied to Gary Horvitz's discussion A New Economy-- Exploring the Heart of Sustainability
"Hi Robert, It's not that you or your comments and subjects have no place in the discussion, rather it's your almost abusive comments and negative assumptions toward others. Your insights and your knowledge are very high and very…"
Nov 8, 2011
Vic Desotelle replied to Gary Horvitz's discussion A New Economy-- Exploring the Heart of Sustainability
"Robert, Please, either lighten up on people or kindly leave occupycafe. Vic"
Nov 8, 2011
Vic Desotelle replied to Gary Horvitz's discussion A New Economy-- Exploring the Heart of Sustainability
"Hi Bob,Sounds like you have begun defining a charter for helping 'Occupy' move forward by initiating a set of inquiries and proposed guidelines that address the varied domains that make up a community, such as energy. I have an outline of…"
Nov 7, 2011
Vic Desotelle replied to Gary Horvitz's discussion A New Economy-- Exploring the Heart of Sustainability
"Hi Gary, I shared a proposed outcome to the Occupy Movement and would love your feedback. Vic Desotelle  "
Nov 7, 2011

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Thriving: Possess Nothing, Own Everything

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A Path to Thriving: "Possess" Nothing, "Own" Everything…

"What's Next?" Ask "What's Here?"

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 3:39pm 45 Comments

“What’s Next?” Ask “What’s Here?”


This is a death we are living through, the slow unfolding of multiple interlocking catastrophes, the deconstruction and reformation of every social and natural system you can name: politics, economics, social relations, culture, the eco-system, the human spirit. It is also a birth of something new. In fact, what is being birthed is a mass realization that there is no way to separate any of these realms from one another. At the deepest…


Message from Minister Pepper Sprayed in Seattle

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 4:54pm 0 Comments


America, America, my country ‘tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty

Of thee I sing

America, oh America

America the Beautiful has fallen.

You could feel the tension and raw energy crinkling throughout the air as the marchers once again began their journey into downtown Seattle.   The Occupy Movement is the prophetic voice of God calling out to the nation to “repent” and turn from its…


Occupy Wall Street: An Open Source Movement

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

The Occupation is gaining depth and breadth, nationally and globally.  The appearance is that spontaneous actions have arisen and continue to proliferate, cross-pollinate and act independently from the original occupation on Wall Street itself. Though there is a groundswell of coordination, no one is directing, no manifestos have appeared. No leaders have been elected. No one speaks for it all. The message may appear to be muddled, yet action appears everywhere and support materializes as if…


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At 10:35pm on January 8, 2012, David Eggleton said…

I deleted it because it was grumpy and I had hesitated to post it in the first place.

At 11:01pm on November 13, 2011, Jeff Vander Clute said…

Hi Gary,

There's a working group forming around Studio Occupy and potentially also an emerging broadcast network. This needs a couple more weeks of incubation and I personally need a couple weeks to clear my plate. (Alas, Monday mornings are particularly difficult for me to attend the cafe calls!)

On a personal level, I've just joined the board of the Compassionate Action Network, and whenever possible I'm inviting compassion into the heart of the Occupy conversation. It seems to me that the desire to co-create a compassionate society is a through line for the various aspects of the movement, and this could suggest one way of responding to the questions about what OWS is for.

I'll email you two articles that I've written for Napa Valley Life Magazine on the Happiness Initiative and Compassionate Communities. These might be helpful conversation starters.

Lastly for now, here's an appreciative question that I've posed on Occupy4Love:

If the Eurozone experiment, among others, teaches us that money is not the basis for unity, then what is? What would you say is the basis for unity and how might we build "a more perfect union" upon that foundation?

Thanks for all you do!



At 3:22pm on November 10, 2011, Jeff Vander Clute said…

Thanks, Gary!

I've been active with a number of projects, including Studio Occupy ( What you have co-initiated here is very good. I look forward to spend more time engaged in generative conversation, probably after the 16th.



At 1:04pm on October 25, 2011, Vic Desotelle said…

Hi Gary, A true master of the word; you are! Vic :)

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