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About Our Collective (to top)

This site is hosted in loving service to the global Occupy movement, by an open and expanding group of volunteers.

Nodes in the ecosystem of the movement are multiplying faster than police can remove demonstrators from physical locations. Those nodes, whether local or operating in cyberspace, are driven by our desire and energy for creating a better democracy and an economy that works for all.

“The Future of Occupy” (FoO) collective was born when members of the School of Commoning discovered their shared passion to put their skills and talents in service to what Occupy stands for. Our intention is to grow the collaborative into a broad-based knowledge commons. We are always open to find new collaborators, so please do get involved.

We want to provide a mirror to the movement’s awakening collective intelligence about its future. We want to help the 99% see into the shape and essence of what wants to emerge from our collective desire for a social system that is fair and sustainable. The FoO site is an emergent platform for enabling the cross-fertilization of future-responsive insights, aspirations, and practices worth replicating.

Our collective is transparent not only about what we are but also, what we are not. Unlike most working groups of the Occupy movement, who are responsible to a local General Assembly, we are not. As the OccuPrint group said, “There are, to be sure, a number of organizations and affinity groups operating in a similar fashion, unaccountable to any particular general assembly, and yet still furthering the movement as a whole.”

We are committed to support all Occupy assemblies, and to be accountable for pursuing our Mission to the movement as whole.

In love and solidarity with all working for a better world,

The Future of Occupy collective

What You Can Find Here (to top)

We publish and comment on articles, blogs, talks, on-the-ground reports, videos, poems, art, and just about anything that can be digitized and serving the movement if it matches at least one of our editorial criteria.

On our site, you will find news and views that our team of curators deemed contributing to the big question: where is the Movement heading?

Currently the site’s content is structured in the following buckets:

1. The About section that you are currently reading, which includes:

About Our Collective

What You Can Find Here

What Is Curation and Why We Need It

Guidelines for Content Inclusion

Meet the Team

2. Movement Sense-making

3. Blogposts written by our team and contributors commenting on news and views pertinent to the movement’s future

4. FoO Newsletter, with thematically focused issues

5. Movement Documents (declarations, theory, process)

6. Annotated Links, a collection area for subjects to blog about

7. Get Involved

8. FoO blogroll: a growing set of links, placed on the right margin and grouped under these headings:

Major Occupy Sites

Occupy Bloggers

Occupy Culture

Occupy Society

In Solidarity (serving the Movement)

What is Curation and why we need it (to top)

Curating for us is more than just listing or annotation of Occupy-specific content. Good museum curators don’t only select artifacts for display; they also design the conditions for the best possible experience of the users.

However, we are aiming at more than that. We want to speed the process, by which the movement is developing capacity for wise deliberations in complex matters, at an increasing scale. That intent is a direct response to a statement in the Occupy Mandala that reads: “Let us not be weighed down by the complexity of our situation.”

The complexity that we’ll have to tackle will only increase, as Occupy “occupies everything” and re-invents social institutions by general assemblies of Occupy Education, Occupy Monetary System, etc., one by one. Hopefully, so will capacity to meet that challenge. It will be a test of the multitudes’ shared mind, which has tremendous consequences of failing or passing. We intend to bring the fruits from the arts and sciences of collective intelligence to bear on the curation process for helping to pass it.

All publications on this site are part of the Creative Commons and available to be downloaded for non-commercial use. We ask that writers and artists be given attribution.

The content of The Future of Occupy is currently being curated by Andy Paice, Anna Betz, George Pór, Mark Jagdev, and Mary Beth Steisslinger.

Guidelines for content inclusion (to top)

The list of criteria presented below grew out from our recent conversations with others who are active in the movement, and it is subject of ongoing interpretation, questioning, and dialogue. It will serve our work as shared reference until its next update, based on the input from all users/contributors of this site.

Occupy-related materials that we currently include in the content published or re-republished here should meet one or more of the following content criteria.

  1. Pertinent to the evolution of the movement and its capacity to meet challenges and opportunities of increasing scale. That criteria especially includes content related to enhancing our capacity to deal with the complexity of larger issues.
  2. Presenting new solutions to pressing problems facing humanity.
  3. References to the commons, reclaiming the commons, commons-based peer-production, commons-based society, which we consider a key element of a sustainable, people-powered future.
  4. Raising public awareness about the significance and strategic options of the structural changes that society is going through, with fresh perspectives.
  5. Reflecting the movement’s potential to advance the building of new institutions capable to overcome the democracy deficit of the current establishment.

If you find the list of our criteria resonant with you, please consider contributing to the site, by sending your annotated links and/or start blogging with us. If that was of interest to you, please drop us a line and let’s talk.

Guidelines for Writers (to top)

Following on from the guidelines for content inclusion here are guidelines for writers to follow when creating a piece of work for The Future of Occupy.

  1. For an international readership.
  2. Keep length to 1000 words or less.
  3. Check grammar and spelling before submission.
  4. Use either American or British English but keep consistently to your chosen style.
  5. Include one or two pictures or videos that will illustrate your story.
  6. Include a one or two line bio and your email address if you would like us to include it.

Whatever you write, try to include a story that stirs the soul. We want to increase the impact, by shifting FoO’s center of gravity from purely conceptual language to using the power of story to convey the message. Your passion has to shine through!… otherwise why would anybody be interested in what you have to say?

Whenever possible, end your piece with a generative, energizing question, instead of a statement, which may trigger a good conversation. The value in movement journalism is not in the quality and the expression of the ideas alone, but in the conversation for action that they trigger.

Meet the Team (to top)

George Pór

As a researcher and writer on matters of collective intelligence, I feel fortunate for the possibility to bring my experience of boosting it where it can bear fruits for the Movement. I’m also the Director of School of Commoning that initiated the curation of the Future of Occupy news and views, and offers workshops and coaching at the educational venues of Occupy London. I bring to all aspect of my work a long-term thinking and an evolutionary worldview.

Since the Movement of the 60’s, I’ve never stopped yearning for a time of large-scale awakening to the need for social, and economic justice. That time is now. I’m happy to be alive and contribute to it. This is a time of transition without recipes and roadmaps. In my best case scenario, we are co-creating a future of common welfare, where the multitudes can self-organize to co-produce and co-govern the resources they need for their material and intellectual well-being.

Anna Betz

The Future of Occupy initiative is to me the opportunity to help us all to think on our feet, share the best thinking and most enlighthened action as they emerge and thus help the movement to recognise its many aspects of the whole, gain self-awareness and thus be able to gain momentum faster. Developments are very fast in a networked world and it can be challenging  to hold space for the whole living organism of Occupy globally. To hold this space for the best of what we are capable of including reflecting on our mistakes is the potential of ‘Future of Occupy’

Michel Bauwens

As the founder of the P2P Foundation, a global collective researching peer production, governance, and property, we are very aware that these constructive movements that are prefiguring a new economy and society, need a powerful and allied civic movement which can fight for policy and create a new politics. In this context, Occupy is a tipping point in the creation of such a ‘native’ movement.

Andy Paice

I’m a translator from London with a passion for psychology, spirituality and the collective growth of humanity. Occupy’s unfolding potential as a forum of cross-fertilisation for all our cultural, social and political diversity is awe inspiring. I believe it can become the ship of collective wisdom that steers us through the storm of our global crises. For this to happen it seems we’re all being pushed into the joyful necessity of having to grow together. To this end I’ve been getting involved with Occupy by organising  workshops for mutual empowerment, promoting people’s assemblies and networking for greater inclusivity.

Mark Jagdev

I wish to support and facilitate the co-organising of communities for power using my ongoing shared learning in facilitation, community organising and the commons particularly in the areas of land, planning and urban design. By co-sensing and reporting on the potential futures of Occupy we are co-creating a community platform that can shed light on our needs and desires while showcasing the capacities we build together as the movement evolves.

Tia Carr Williams

I believe that the time has come for a radical shift towards a truly collaborative social structure, empowering people to re-engage with their communities and shape their vision. The Future of Occupy ensures that the necessary skills, competencies and capabilities are identified and facilitated. I seek to be instrumental in assisting people to clarify and acquire the abilities to accomplish the future of their choosing through the momentum that Occupy is a lightening rod for.

Mary Beth Steisslinger

Over many years I have studied ideas relating to how we can move towards sustainability and peace thru cooperation and justice (with each other and nature) and how humanity’s growing awareness can enable this… The Commons paradigm may be the best hope yet for moving in this direction.  Key commons design principles include subsidiarity and community self-determination, deliberative democratic processes for stakeholder participation, and cooperation across scales.  The Occupy movement shows great ability and potential for utilizing these principles to good effect, and so i would like to help the collective process evolve.

Press Room  (to top)

Here you will find our virtual press office; news updates, audiovisual material and useful information for journalists and media professionals.

Press Release from The Future of Occupy, Jan 4, 2012 – click the link for download

Media Alert from The Future of Occupy, Feb 13, 2012 – click the link for download

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