July 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Navigating the Challenge: A Spontaneous Three Step Approach to Liberation

Step One: Notice your challenge. Identify and name it. Begin the process of visualizing it 'against' you. You should have a real felt-sense

Step Two: Begin to let the tension in that felt sense go. Embrace your challenge in your mind. Simply capture and hold it gently, as though it were a baby animal.

Step Three: Move forward in time with your challenge-free visualizing process. Grow the challenge in your mind into a belligerent teenager. About ten seconds into the…


Added by Shikha on July 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

guidelines for nonviolent actions, both Rapid Response and non emmediate


Hey folks, OCCUPY BAY AREA UNITED is a non violence occugroup based on nonviolence. After a series of problems with vandalism and OSF's inability to deal with this stuff head on, we recently formed.

So we're in the foundation stages, cooking up a sort of guide to ordered, planned actions, including peacekeepers, and rapid response to the media divorcing ourselves from any violent or destructive acts that might ovccur during our actions.



Added by David Halenda on July 27, 2012 at 8:13pm — No 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

All Occupy Peace Future Trends Makers!!!


Please come to our AMPLIFY! ART event on Friday (tomorrow), July 20th 8pm - midnight, Downtown LA Vortex Dome.

Enjoy furturistic 360 immersive art and network with visionaries, futurists, artists, musicians and others excited about making a better world.

Special presentation by musical guest Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method.…


Added by Lisa Clapier on July 19, 2012 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Do you vote absentee? If so, you need to know about this.

Elections officials in Cudahy, California have agreed to plead guilty to tampering with city elections:


They simply opened the mail-in ballots and discarded the ones they didn't like.

I believe this practice is widespread, as it is difficult to prove. Elections offices are only open to the public part of the…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 17, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bringing the outdoors indoors.

Living in a city apartment, I don't have much contact with nature. I tried growing organic veggies in pots on my little balcony, but except for the potatoes, they didn't do very well. I think the air is just too polluted, so the potatoes have some protection because they grow underneath the soil.

But recently a friend sent me a link to an article about air-cleansing indoor plants:…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 11, 2012 at 4:20am — No Comments

Hope is for the Lazy: The Challenge of Our Dead World - by Robert Jensen

This is an excerpt. The full article is here: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/freelance/hopeisforthelazy.htm

An audio version is here: http://www.staopen.com/podcast/2012/jensen7_8_2012.mp3

The truth is too much to bear, but we have no choice but to bear it: The world in which we live is…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 9, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

OCCUPY TRUTH: Maine East West Highway/ Utlity Corridor. Come Camp In Sing For Thriveability July 14

Maine, I have discovered, since following our own wisdom here at Occupy Cafe and "taking it back home to the dining room table", is a banana republic firmly on the grip of corporate influence ..for decades..It is being played out now in classic political corruption style over an East West Corridor likely to be the back door of the tar sands pipeline.  In power politics, Robert Moses style, this project was facilitated by secret highway privatization legislation passed in 2010 with no public…


Added by Lindsay Newland Bowker on July 8, 2012 at 7:52am — 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 

Tuesdays (except 10/16)
"Connect 2012"

1-3p PDT | 4-6p EDT | 8-10p GMT

"Occupy Heart" 

3-5p PDT | 6-8p EDT | 10p-12a GMT

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Clay Forsberg posted a blog post

"Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street ... thoughts on Year One"

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
Sep 20, 2012
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Leadership Ecology

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
Feb 6, 2012
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