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It can well be argued that human culture has been shifting slowly out of equilibrium since we stepped out of Nature's gift economy and began to mine the Earth for our need and then our greed. This began with the so-called Agricultural Revolution, by which humanity began to dramatically alter the environment to force it to grow more food than it would otherwise, creating the first regular surpluses (and, inevitably, the first cyclical shortages and consequent poverty and…Continue
Added by Robert Riversong on November 5, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
(Copied and pasted from the Transition in Action site, now edited to recognize #Occupy.)
In another blog, I decried the resignation that saturates our culture. Deep down, people have known that real life isn't so hard and precarious as is the real world. People knew that…Continue
Occupy is modelling a new socio-economic political system.
And there are a number of facilitation techniques that could help the flow in this system, things like Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, Gift Circles, Heart Circles etc.
Here is an article by me looking at how these facilitation techniques can be used at Occupy to help it run better.
And not only run better they actually subtly change the socio-economic political process... For…Continue
Bill Moyers speech at the 40th Anniversary of Ralph Nadar's Public Citizen, in which he discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement and why American's have lost faith in our government. This is long but what a quick education .
I am honored to share this occasion with…Continue
It's auto-curated by thousands of Occupiers and progressive media outlets and provides up-to-the-hour latest newsfeeds.
In the USA and places with related cultures, the dominant paradigm (conception or view) of the human being is a negative one. It was imposed and is sustained. As a result of its ongoing influence, both expectations and hopes of humans, in general, are low. While accepted etiquette prevents much direct and malicious disrespect, forms of What did you expect? and They'll change only at the last minute, or later! and You've got to…Continue
Reposted from DK
Then one of the students with blue hair and a tongue stud
Says that America is for him a maximum-security prison
Whose walls are made of Radio Shacks and Burger Kings, and MTV episodes
Where you can’t tell the show from the…Continue
I just wrote a blog about the concept of comunalidad (in indigenous societies of Southern Mexico) and how it ties into #Occupy. I won't repost the whole thing here, but you can check it out on the Berkana blog by clicking here.
Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 08:14 AM PDTContinue
this is copied & pasted from the Transition in Action site (I commend it to you all):
"The like-mindedness we need most, that will encourage and build enduring relationships among people who haven't gotten together before, is along the lines of 'OMG, all our eggs are in one basket!' That's overlooked, not uncertain or controversial. The like-mindedness associated with positions in…Continue
I was on two national #OccupyWallStreet phone calls today.
The first was put on by OccupyCafe.org and had about 40 67 people on it, most of whom were not very 26 of whom identified themselves as active in their local Occupy groups, but were inspired by the movement. You can read more at their website.
Added by Jim Barton on October 25, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments
Does anyone else find it notable that people showing up here in the Occupy Café are mainly older? The Occupy Wall Street movement was started by young people. There are a few things we might keep in mind about these members of a generation that have either finished college, dropped out, are under-employed or unemployed. A large number are working in jobs that do not utilize the skills they pursued in school. They are delayed in career development. They are living at home or with their…Continue
This is not easy but highly recommended reading if you want to to understand the "1%" beyond the level of a metaphor and simple wealth statistic. Read, learn - and be smart...
Dillon Read & the Aristocracy of Stock Profits.
Added by Sabine Amend on October 20, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments
Tom Atlee’s most recent comments about the emerging developments born of the #Occupy movement read like a manifesto/roadmap for winter, 2011.
Yes, we are heading into winter and there are be occupations dead set on maintaining their claim to the commons they currently occupy. What comes to mind? Valley Forge? Why not? Although I have the luxury of not (yet) being one of those contemplating life outdoors in sub-zero temperatures, the…Continue