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Our inquiry is around ways that Occupy Cafe can evolve to better serve and expand the movement and perhaps even to more fully embody our own brand of "Occupying."
We are continuing to collect answers to the following questions:
We invite you to share your answers here on our forum as one way of participating in this inquiry, and also to help us to find patterns and core insights in the responses.
You might also take a look at this list of possible topics that might serve as more specific areas of focus for the inquiry. If there are some that call more particularly to you, please share that as well.
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i can be found on twitter as @WrittenOffUSA and on WGRNradio.com in my series "15 Minutes of Fact"
Oh yes, not to forget, please join LinkedIn and then the largest Occupy Group there - OccupyEverywhere.
This is a general call to connect with other like-minded people on LinkedIn.
Contact me there: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jerryashton
Greg Pettingill was on our call today (5/22) and described work he is doing in FL on low power FM radio as a possible tool for Occupy. This is also something that the group Color of Change is involved with--perhaps some collaboration might be in order?
The Institute for General Semantics was also mentioned by Greg, who is a member, in response to this OTC topic:
Greg suggested that the body of thought this organization supports might be a valuable tool for the process we wish to explore. Here's a page from their website on Basic Understandings.
From Greg: GS has concept that "all things are related." "A map is not the territory and the territory is not the map."
Blaming the system is easy, but it's really about the people within the system. Ben R.: and the people are us! Ben L: Consumerism is at the heart of what is supporting "the system."
It's about the people within the system, but those people are often undervalued and under- empowered....
On the May 22 C2012 Call, cont:
Echoes of our call yesterday on the magnitude of the change we seek ("No Demand is Big Enough") and the challenge of getting into action when the new world we want to create is still emergent and not entirely clear or visible.
What is inspiring you about what you see taking place now?
Our "Occupy THIS Cafe" conversation today focused on the topic of the C2012 process as a core offering of the Cafe going forward, inspired in part by the interest we are getting around an inquiry into sustainability/new economy. The idea of this process of inquiry being applied to a series of topics as a core activity of the Cafe is part of the list of ideas we have collected on the new "Occupy THIS Cafe" wiki page here.
We shared stories of our own experiences of powerful collective processes/group experiences, and distilled a "positive core" of ideas for what the C2012 process might offer in order to be compelling, engaging and powerful:
There was a sense that the "Occupy New Economy" change agenda could provide the terrain for an an inquiry that meets these criteria. At the same time, this group seemed to feel that the process was in some ways more important than the subject toward which it is directed.
This conversation brought us through an iteration of the "discovery" and "dream" phases of the (appreciative) inquiry process. Design is the next phase, and we had time to take suggestions for design conversations we might host going forward:
Thanks to Sam, Phil and Daniel for your thoughts and inspiration on this call! I believe the summary above captures the key elements of our conversation, but please feel free to add your own additional ideas!
Scribing some of 6/12 session:
Reflecting on yesterday's Possibility conversation....