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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It happens over and over again—a group of people come together, fired up with passion to create change. They begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm—and a year later, it’s all foundered in the mire of conflict. We could have changed the world ten times over—if we didn’t have to do it together with other people, [...]
What follows is an excerpt from veteran community organizer Starhawk‘s blogpost on the Poetics of the Street. She also wrote an ”Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups” that is a must read to members of any Working Group at all Occupy sites. I suggest asking people to say why they are here, using the people’s mike, where [...]
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 [...]
MIC CHECK POEM by Samuel J. Rutledge Mic check MIC CHECK! Mic Check! MIC CHECK! I would like I WOULD LIKE to echo TO ECHO your thoughts. YOUR THOUGHTS. I want your voice I WANT YOUR VOICE to flow TO FLOW through me THROUGH ME like I LIKE I was you. WAS YOU. When I [...]
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 [...]
Reposted from: http://occupyvancouver.com/admin/uploads/OVGADecisionMaking_001.pdf Occupy Vancouver Decision Making Processes (as of November 2nd, 2011) GA Process (maximum 2 hours unless consensus on extending) 5 minutes before GA someone on the facilitation team will request that anyone willing to translate or interpret identify themselves. 1. Recognition that we are on unceded Coast Salish Territory and reading of [...]