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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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The Future of Occupy: From Occupying People’s Park to Changing the System


This piece is from Jackie Smith and Bob Glidden (Occupy Pittsburgh Outreach Working Group) The closing of Occupy camps around the country has generated some important soul-searching and strategizing by activists, and in Pittsburgh feelings are divided. On the one hand, many of the camp residents are deeply saddened by the loss of their home […]

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Achievements of Occupy London’s Working Groups


This article is re-posted from Occupied Times, London. So long as the headlines of mainstream and corporate media remain the dominant billboards adorning the motorway of our media landscape, the prospects and achievements of Occupy London will remain stories untold to all than those who were here – venturing off-road. Rarely comprehended – and not […]

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A photographic anthology of working groups & Occupy life!


Co-creators of this photographic anthology, Mary Beth Steisslinger and Mark Jagdev, invite you to explore a dozen snapshots in time of both the Working Groups and Occupy life. Presented as part of February’s Future of Occupy Newsletter, Focus on Working Groups, we wanted to share with you a collection of photos that gave us a direct sense […]

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Can Occupy occupy strategy?


A strategy for and by the people?  For the last couple of months I have joined in a variety of peaceful protests, celebrations and collaborative enterprises along with millions of other Occupiers rising up across the globe to usher in a new world. Passers by, media analysts and pundits, invariably asked us what was this […]

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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 becomes obvious to the multitudes. It’s a time of unfreeze, a fascinating moment, when what the future can become is up to us, to our […]

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The community art of working with “blocking”


Working groups, just as General Assemblies and other organs of Occupy’s direct democracy know their faire share of blocking, the making consensus fall short by one person stopping it. The moment of blocking is frequently dramatic, with all attention on the blocker. It’s like a moment when a train is just about to leave the […]

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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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Occupy the solutions


By Colin Davis America, as a culture is very goal oriented. We have a hard time getting a lot from process itself and we want to see results. It’s a cultural thing. Keeping that in mind, I think, will help Occupy related groups to keep the energy going. I find it healthy that Occupy groups […]

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Working Groups: the self-organising revolution


Anyone interested in emergent self organising processes that occur when diverse individuals assemble for a common cause, cannot fail to be impressed by how the Occupy movement has demonstrated a capacity for well structured engagement through the working group protocol. Combining the use of such online platforms to share grassroot practices, such as shown here at How to […]

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