Focus on Working Groups

Over the last month we’ve been reading, analyzing, and honing in on the most vibrant conversations taking place in the Working Groups. Our February issue, the ‘Focus on Working Groups‘ presents ...

How r’evolution carries itself forward by the Working Groups of Occupy

R’evolution is shorthand for the jump time of evolution, when social relations that have been frozen for a long time start thawing and the obsolescence of the dominant social order ...

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This site is hosted in loving service to the global Occupy movement, by an open and expanding group of volunteers. We support the Occupy movement’s self-reflection by: gathering and curating the choicest pieces of news, thought, and information from and the movement advancing the movement’s collaborative sense-making process through feeding the action-reflection-action cycle enabling the cross-fertilization of future-responsive insights, […]

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Posted on February 3, 2014by nowmanrightnow First Come First Series By Dan Nowman Niswander © 2014 by Daniel Niswander “Time banking is…rooted and based outside the commercial economy where money changes hands and it’s really in the economy of family and neighborhood, community, kinfolk, civil society.” “Helping professionals are trained to say how can I help you, […]

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THE ECONOMICS OF CO-OPS and COOPERATION- First Things First Series- 7

Posted on January 26, 2014by nowmanrightnow © 2014 by Dan Nowman Niswander First Things First Series  “Workers’ self-directed enterprises (WSDEs) are a response to capitalism’s failure to deliver economic prosperity and socialism’s failure to deliver economic democracy.” “DEMOCRATIZE THE ENTERPRISE!” Economist, Author, Media Host, and Professor Richard Wolff The first exposure for many of us to the subject […]

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Sustainability- First Things First Series- 6

© 2013 by Dan Nowman Niswander “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this […]

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ARTIST’S RIGHTS AND I: T Bone Burnett and Others Discuss Internet Freedom

As part of the Hammer Museum’s public forums, a famous music artist and producer, an author and professor, and a legendary radio broadcaster came together to discuss issues pertaining to the complexity of the Internet’s impact on the business and the morality of the entertainment industry, and more. In front of a live audience in […]

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Noam Chomsky: What Next For Occupy?

NOAM CHOMSKY: WHAT NEXT FOR OCCUPY?   Noam Chomsky is credited as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian,  activist and the ‘father of modern linguistics’ (Wikipedia) having also taught linguistics at MIT for 50 years! A long time favorite on lecture circuits and in progressive media as well as a best-selling author, his most recent […]

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What Dreams May Come?… May Day and Beyond

As a biologist and commons activist, and an avid meditator with a universalist bent, i always look forward to the Spring Festivals, Holidays, and Holy Days of celebration and renewal.  I tend to think of April (Passover – Earth Day – Easter), May (Beltane – International Workers Day – The Buddhist Festival of Wesak) and […]

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“A new media channel that will amplify the voices of Occupy. We use media to call for social, economic and environmental justice. We seek to inspire resistance, engagement and the creation of the new world we imagine… We consist of a small but growing group of dedicated occupiers working in solidarity with the movement. We […]

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The Future of the Commons

‘Excerpts from The Future of the Commons, by David Harvey, in Radical History Review Issue 109; Winter 2011   “Suppose, says Marx, a capitalist begins production with $1,000 in capital and in the first year manages to gain $200 surplus value from laborers mixing their labor with the land, and the capitalist then uses that surplus in […]

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Co-Governing Our Commons: Local to Global Decision-Making throughPublic Deliberation

Using Public Deliberation: Co-governing the Commons By Jan Inglis   Commons: gifts of nature & society; wealth we inherit or create together and must pass on, undiminished or enhanced, to our children; e.g. water, oceans, culture, technology, seeds etc Public Deliberation: a process for reaching agreements by deeply considering the costs, consequences, and trade offs […]

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Social Charters: A comprehensive program for (re)claiming sovereignty over our natural and social commons resources

Social Charters:  Praxis of the Commons By James Bernard Quilligan, Commons Economist & Advocate                 Beyond the Market State There are two operating systems involved in the provision and allocation of goods and services in modern society. Each has familiar roots in history. Adam Smith’s legacy is that the […]

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