Get Involved

Hello, and thanks for looking up how you can get involved with The Future of Occupy!

This site is serving the Occupy movement by inviting wide community participation to a common sensing of its future. We publish and comment on articles, blogs, videos, poems, art, and whatever else that may be responsive to the big question: where is the movement heading?

If that question is important to you, we invite you to bring your imagination, talents and energy to help make this site a collective sensing organ of the movement. We need your participation in the dialogue, commenting on what we publish, or sending us your annotated links to content anywhere on the web, which you want us to blog about.

We’d especially welcome:

Contributing editors, who write two shorter commentary-type blogs or one longer, more substantive blog a month, which meets at least one of our inclusion criteria

– Occasional bloggers with some original reflection on the big questions of the movement, and social reporters from the Occupations, chronicling breakthrough events, thoughts, and innovative organizing practices (for fascinating tips to blog about, check out this)

Geeks with experience in WordPress, online setups, or social networking customization

– Virtual librarians and community knowledge gardeners, who can help with organizing the structure and presentation of information in our webspaces (e.g.: here, on our main site, and on Facebook and YouTube)

– People facilitating online conversations or wanting to learn that community art

Video makers helping us remembering the future in the language of moving pictures

– Online research assistance in finding news items

– Proof-readers and grammar editors, who would help making the FoO pages more enjoyable to read

Story weavers, who can weave a tapestry of meaning emerging from many voices to stimulate our visions of what’s possible

Visual artists making sites more beautiful

If any of the above is you and you want to give a hand to the Future of Occupy, let us know and let’s create something for the Movement that we can create only together. With questions and offer of support of any kind, please contact us.

with love and solidarity,

Andy, Anna, George, Mark, Mary Beth, Michel, Tia

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6 Comments on “Get Involved”

  1. Helen Francis
    December 15, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I’d very much like to participate in the future as a social report, i am also a practicing artist in a variety of mediums including photography and if i can offer anything creative to the mix i’m your girl! I’m currently studying Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology so it’s time to put my skills to the test!

    Keep collective, keep occupied!

  2. December 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    hi Helen,

    Your comment inspired me to google “Occupy Anthropology,” which turned up 676 webpages, including http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Anthropology/283238758381653 that says:
    “For thinking about anthropology’s role in understanding, responding to, and contributing to economic inequality. For promoting solidarity among all categories of faculty, practitioners, students and labor within and beyond higher education…”

    I think in the next few months we will see the emergence of Occupy camps in every profession, as part of the larger movement transforming our world. It would be good to hear from you and other anthro students about what any creative development related to the “Occupy Anthropology” meme.

    > i am also a practicing artist in a variety of mediums including photography

    Do you have a website where we can take a look at your work? What would be some of the creative combinations of your artistic talents and academic studies that you can imagine, which could support the movement?

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Hi, George,

      I’m so delighted to see you in this role! Have just landed in London again and shall look forward to the FoO taking shape! With over 30 WordPress blogs I might just be able to contribute, especially as they range from the CAUSE (our dishonest money system) to the EFFECTS (victims of very serious white collar criminality).

      A chronology of sites is on http://forumforstablecurrencies.info/chronology/

      Looking forward to re-connecting,

      Sabine

  3. April 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    I want to write for your blog. Here is what I like to write about.

    I and many others in America have woken up and realized that the symbiotic relationship between Democrat and Republican or Liberal and Conservative is not beneficial to America. Both parties and their affiliates have tried to conceal the illegal and unconstitutional nature of the Federal Income Tax! Both parties support Agenda 21! Both parties refuse to eliminate Fractional Reserve Banking practices! Both parties refuse to stop giving $23.7 trillion to banking institutions like Chase Manhattan! Both parties want to stop giving money to social programs which only cost $1 trillion! I and many Americans like me really don’t give a damn about The War on Drugs, The War on Terror, The War on Immigrants, The War on Women, The War on Vets, The War on Human Beings in General! NO MORE!

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Dear antimasonic,

      It is encouraging to hear how people all over the world are waking up realising how politics and propaganda dont serve the common good.
      I would like to ask you to read the following which is copied from our About page: http://thefutureofoccupy.org/about/
      Let us know what the following guidelines evoke in you:

      Guidelines for content inclusion

      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.

      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.
      Presenting new solutions to pressing problems facing humanity.
      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.
      Raising public awareness about the significance and strategic options of the structural changes that society is going through, with fresh perspectives.
      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

      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.

      For an international readership.
      Keep length to 1000 words or less.
      Check grammar and spelling before submission.
      Use either American or British English but keep consistently to your chosen style.
      Include one or two pictures or videos that will illustrate your story.
      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.

      warm regards
      Anna

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