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99% Spring inspired by the Occupy Movement


Are our social, economic and political crises unsurmountable?  Bill Moyers talks with young but very experienced organizers George Goehl, Ai-jen Poo, and Sarita Gupta and finds out what we can do and how we can bring about change and get involved. I was impressed by the well designed interview style and by the insights  the movement organisers […]

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James Quilligan’s talk about why we have to Occupy the Commons


James Quilligan the renowned commons thinker, activist, and founder of the Global Commons Trust, gave the following talk at the Occupy Wall Street Forum on the Commons, February 16, 2012. The event was live-streamed. In this talk, he encouraged the audience to challenge Garrett Hardin’s definition of the Commons, as found in his 1968 article in Science […]

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Is Occupy leaderless or leaderful: insights from Working Groups


Since the birth of the Occupy movement, there have been lively discussions about the meaning of leadership and how the movement can be successful without leaders or a leading idea. Occupy stands for different things for different people. For me it stands for us all stepping up to become and act as leaders in a […]

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Working groups are seeds for a healthier healthcare infrastructure


We often talk about “an idea whose time has come”, but have you ever wondered how we can be sure that its time has really come? I have and here’s what I concluded: its time has come when it helps us see new kinds of answers to the urgent problems we’ve long been stuck in. […]

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The dangers of Working Groups


The biggest mistake we can make about WGs is to idealize them. There’s a great conversation going on about that in one of the forums of Occupy London. There, Jonathan Lamb wrote “In my opinion, the danger of working groups existing in any formalized sense, is that simply because there IS a group for a […]

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An inspiring plan of action for broadening the social base of the movement


An intriguing suggestion was published in the blog of  Tina Louise, a supporter of Occupy London, which, if it was taken up, could have significant impact of broadening the social base of the movement and reach more of the 99%. Its significance is amplified by the the fact that it was posted at a time when […]

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Grow, Deepen, Build, Liberate and Fight!


An article by Yotam Marom speaks not only for OWS although Yotam was clearly inspired by that. He has a message relevant for the whole of the Occupy movement. He summarised his message to the movement of how to stay powerful, create solid foundations and expand in 5 words: Grow, Deepen,  Build, Liberate and Fight. The quotes in […]

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Occupy Facebook: Protesters Planning Their Own Social Network


Watch out Facebook, the Occupy protest is making its own social network. The Global Square is expected to launch in January 2012, providing a secure space for Occupy protestors to organize, share, and meet fellow protestors, according to its developers. It will also boast a Facebook-like news feed. Unlike Twitter and Facebook however, new Global Square […]

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Personal vision from Occupy London for the movement in 2012


One active member of Occupy London shared his vision for the Occupy Movement in 2012  on Occupy London Forum which inspired many others to reflect on theirs. What started as a revolution in the Arab world has grown into a massive global movement enabled by networks of trust. The creation of the General Assembly is beyond doubt […]

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Next Move: Occupy Foreclosed Homes?


Is that where the movement of “99-percenters” fighting economic inequality and corporate greed decides to go next?                                                                       http://occupyourhomes.org/   In Chicago, Communities […]

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