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Declarations of Possibility for Occupy and the New Economy

This is the letter of invitation, originally posted at Occupy Cafe.

An Open Letter to everyone who has been inspired by the Occupy movement:

The rapid emergence of “a New Economy that Works for All” is both necessary and possible. We invite you to join us in making a personal declaration of this possibility – one that has the power to inspire action now.

It is still the dawn of our movement. In just three months’ time, our mass call to action has awakened many in our communities from the slumber of cynicism and resignation. Now we find ourselves at a crossroads, grappling with divergent strategies as we seek to evolve and grow in strength. In recognition of this moment, we offer a letter to the heart of our movement, an invitation to that relentless creative force within you that knows only one mission, to nurture life.

We invite you to re-imagine that collective work we call “the economy;” not as a system for liquidating human and ecological value into money, but as relationships of labor and exchange that can be transformed into the fertile soil of a more beautiful world. Together, we hold the power to grow seeds of loving intention into fruits we all can share; not only of material prosperity, but of abundant creativity, community, and our own innate gifts.

To date, the Occupy movement has succeeded because we have inspired people to believe in possibility, and defied the boundaries that isolate us and restrict our creativity. This letter is a call to turn that energy to the needs and aspirations of all the people of this planet who want to believe in hope, but are yet lodged in despair, unable to channel their creative gifts into works that bring them to life.

Together we can build a New Economy that Works for All, enabling each of us to meet our material, relational, and spiritual needs in ways that affirm and embody our basic values. Far from being some utopian dream, it is in fact part of the basic inheritance of being human. For as long as we have been social beings we have been sharing our gifts. Right now, around the planet, people are modeling both new and traditional networks of exchange that have justice and generosity at their core. New Economies are already emerging through the hearts, minds, and hands of millions of people across this Earth.

We invite you to consider how the Occupy movement might support this co-creative emergence, what unique contributions we can make, and what gifts you are called to bring forth personally. Already, we have organized to feed, clothe, shelter, educate, and care for one another in our encampments. Now, we ask you to imagine that generous energy directed outward as a force for transformation. What declaration of possibility can YOU make that has the power to galvanize the Occupy movement and inspire you?

Please offer your declaration of possibility to the world. Post it on the New Economy forum at www.OccupyCafe.org (or email it to connect@occupycafe.org), share it with your friends, family, and colleagues, photocopy and distribute it in your community. In short, help us all to re-imagine what is possible.

In Solidarity,
Occupy Cafe New Economy Working Group

9:21 am in Economics, FoO Media by FoO-StewardTags: conversation that matter, , economy, labor, value

4 responses to Declarations of Possibility for Occupy and the New Economy

  1. The answer for a new economy exists but it maybe too advanced for its time………..but it goes beyond the limitations of intentional communities, and other “small is beautiful” green concepts

    Click on my name to get to relevant website dealing with my evolving project..

  2. Robert, I share your skepticism about the capacity of “intentional communities, and other “small is beautiful” green concepts” to deal with the governance of macro-economic complexity. However I’d be also skeptical about the chance of changes in taxation and the finance sphere to cause the transition to a sustainable society without changing the current social relations of production based on private expropriation of common wealth.

    If that transition is to take place it may not be triggered by our financial or economic theories but by the struggle of the multitudes for a better future. That’s not to say that theories can’t have an emancipatory role to play. They just need to be in dialogue with the practice of social movements for the emancipation of our human potential individual, and collective…

  3. Here’s a taster for people-centered local economies


  4. Jeff, thanks for being an evangelist for People-Centered Economic Development. Riffing off your link I surfed up on the Guardian’s article on “Can social enterprise and Occupy work together?“, below which one of the commenters and an Occupier, Sophia Collins, wrote:

    “My personal opinion is that Occupy can serve as a catalyst to bring together lots of groups concerned with a fairer world, and start conversations about alternatives to our present, unsustainable, system. Co-operatives and social enterprises are one well-developed model. So please do see if there are ways you can work with your local Occupation.”

    I strongly agree with Sophia. Occupy, and the new world it’s ushering in, can win only if it provides moral leadership and an emergent platform for all initiatives working for a world beyond injustice and exploitation. All forms of economic projects that values the common need higher than the private greed can learn from one another and Occupy, and vice versa.

    For the success of the transition to the new world, those projects need to avoid two traps: 1. to believe that they alone have the perfect cure to society’s ills, and 2. to come to Occupy with the attitude of teaching/preaching instead engaging in a genuine and generative learning conversation.


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