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Establishing Common Ground: Co-creating our Future Around the Dining Table
Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2012
Started by Ben Roberts Aug 21, 2012.
Dear "Occupy Your Neighborhood" Friends:Hope this finds you all in fine fettle!I thought about this group as soon as we got inspired during our design conversation for…Continue
Started by David Eggleton. Last reply by David Eggleton Jan 18, 2012.
Economy of scale acquires wonderful new meaning when permaculture design manages to…Continue
Tags: suburban, urban, neighborhood, permaculture design, design
Started by Ben Roberts. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 11, 2012.
Friends:I would love to see us experiment with a series of "kitchen table occupations," using OC as a way to link them together into one large and powerful dialogue. We will have a nice juicy…Continue
Started by Ron Czecholinski. Last reply by Ron Czecholinski Jan 10, 2012.
Let's start a list of resources that could help organize and facilitate face to face conversation and action.Continue
An event listing members of this group probably want to see.
A series of comments on this site regarding acting locally.
There are a few different things happening in PDX on this front:
Michelle - great question, can you repost that as a new topic in in the discussion forum above?
So glad to see a spirited discussion taking place here!
For this project, I continue to prefer to focus on a concept that has the power to unite humanity, without mention of "party lines" or the 99%. My concern is that bringing attention to division and difference will only reinforce it. In my own work and evangelism in the world, I focus on reconnecting with life and working toward "thrivability." To me, this is the ultimate common ground.
Along those lines, here's the question I posted on a few relevant Facebook groups: "If you were to design a series of small group conversations as a learning journey guiding participants toward a shared, co-created vision of a transformed, thrivable economic system, what questions would you have them explore along the journey?" Would love to know what this group (here) would suggest.
This will be a challenge - I live in a rural wilderness, with quite the independent and eccentric hermits for neighbors. I'm certain though, that I would be well protected, if the conditions warranted it. We do look out for one another; but I will talk up the folkmote idea, whenever it is appropriate. Highest regards for the purpose of this group.
Rob - I think we are talking about the same conversation. Are you interested in the face to face component or mostly virtual?
From my perspective, neighborhood gatherings inherently cross party lines - I know my neighbors run the gamut of perspectives. My interest is absolutely transpartisan - my biggest fear is shutting this down with left leaning concessions that never get to the heart of the matter.
I also love the questions mentioned by Leslie and David that have the potential to mobilize people for local and direct action.
As Ben mentioned, coordinating a virtual and face to face effort would be powerful. I think we need an organizing team and then invite folks from some other organizations that might help pull it off.
Has everyone seen this? http://amsterdam.the-hub.net/public/blog/tag/hub-tel-aviv/
Thanks for reminding us Lindsay. I remember now of reading about the We the People dialogue efforts before:
I think it would be great if they would agree to help organize and host a series of "Neighborhood" calls on Occupy Cafe involving both Occupiers and We the People participants and folks from left, right, and center focusing on specific topics of interest to all. I believe Sharif talks and writes about the value of really listening to each other. It would be great if we could help the Occupy movement really become more representative of the full 99%.
If we do this on Occupy Cafe first, then maybe it can begin to be done on the ground at Occupy sites and in the local communities around the Occupy Sites as well.
I am particularly interested in focusing on what it would take to create a Sustainable America that engages people of all political persuasions. I am planning to start an eForum Discussion and Group on this topic here on Occupy Cafe when I can get to it. In the meantime please anyone let me know if you are interested.
robwheeler22 @ gmail.com
The sap is running! This group needs some buckets (well-titled discussions) so that comments on this wall can be mere comments.
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