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What is sense-making and its implications for movement sense-making


Wikipedia describes sense-making as follows: It is a collaborative process of creating shared awareness and understanding out of different individuals’ perspectives and varied interests… Sensemaking has seven properties [5] Identity and identification is central – who people think they are in their context shapes what they enact and how they interpret events (Pratt, 2000, Currie & Brown, 2003; […]

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Quick Guide on Group Dynamics in People’s Assemblies


The purpose of the Quick Guide to People’s Assemblies is: “To facilitate and encourage the development of the different Popular Assemblies which have been created since the beginning of the 15th May Movement. This Quick Guide will be periodically revised and updated. On no account is it to be considered a closed model which cannot be adapted through consensus by […]

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General Assemblies: the primordial soup of social life in the 3rd millennium


—   an essay about evolutionary dynamics and the Occupy movement — Part One   1. How life assembled itself   The origins of life Where were you and I, and what did we do, 3.5 billion years ago? Most likely, swimming in one of the Earth’s before-life oceans, close to the shoreline, as self-replicating but […]

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Real democracy is rising on the horizon at Occupy London


The temperature was cold yet the air was hot last Friday, at the General Assembly of Occupy London at St.Paul’s. It was hot of our enthusiasm, as we were listening,  with frequently “sparkling fingers,”  to Mark from the “state, real democracy and people’s assemblies” sub-group of the GA’s National Politics Working Group. Mark presented a statement prepared by […]

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How Occupy innovates and gives new meaning to “Mass Communication”


The notes below are from Occupy the Conversation, by Carla Kimball. Emphasis in bold and our comments in italics are added. • It’s an incredible example of self-organization. There are no identified leaders. Anyone who wants to speak is given a chance. This is confusing and messy for the media wanting sound-bites because it becomes so hard to […]

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Collective Thinking is an essential part of our movement


The Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid) defined collective thinking as follows: Collective Thinking is an essential part of our movement. To our understanding, Collective Thinking is diametrically opposed to the kind of thinking propounded by the present system. This makes it difficult to assimilate and apply. Time is […]

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