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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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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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A responsible Occupation?…the fun and hard work of Pittsburgh’s WG’s


On Jan 21, 2012, Occupy sites around the US and the world demonstrated in solidarity with members of the 99%.  They spoke out against the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Citizens United, which gave corporations the rights of “Free Speech”… code for unlimited corporate contributions for political elections and favor mongering.  A blogger named Kevin, […]

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Civic Distress Calls for Deep Deliberations and the Commons


Here in the U.S., many are already sick to death of the Presidential campaign.  Sadly, our national politics boil down to not much more than lining-up favors and cash for the next election.  The only thing good about the whole spiel is the comedy routines… but one cannot survive on comedy alone. The United States […]

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