I have been an advocate of improved public participation, both as a government employee and, now, as a citizen for many years. In 1997, I set up the very first web-forum for the public to comment on a project proposed by U.S. government.
Occupy seems to exhibit peoples' frustration with the quality of democratic governance: they are tired of being ignored after being constantly told that they are being listened to. (Maybe "exasperation" is a better word.)
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
When a Leadership Ecology occurs, a web of relationships emerges revealing each person’s authentic leadership qualities through the transfer of their power to others. When done in a conscious way – a shared collaborative awakening happens.See More