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Enacting the Impossible (On Consensus Decision Making) Graeber. TO THE VILLAGE: With a large college and high school student contingent, occupiers from all over the city have repeatedly marched to Washington Square where at least two general assemblies have convened. PHOTO: Stephen O’Byrne On August 2, 2011 at the very first meeting of what was to become Occupy Wall Street, about a dozen people sat in a circle in Bowling Green. The self-appointed “process committee” for a social movement we merely hoped would someday exist, contemplated a momentous decision. #occupywallstreet: a primer on consensus and the General Assembly. The Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid) defined collective thinking as follows: To our understanding, Collective Thinking is diametrically opposed to the kind of thinking propounded by the present system.

#occupywallstreet: a primer on consensus and the General Assembly

This makes it difficult to assimilate and apply. Time is needed, as it involves a long process. When faced with a decision, the normal response of two people with differing opinions tends to be confrontational. They each defend their opinions with the aim of convincing their opponent, until their opinion has won or, at most, a compromise has been reached. The hub for the NYC General Assembly. Consensus (Occupy Wall Street) How it works at Occupy Wall Street 9/25/11. #ows #occupywallstreet general assembly facilitation.

Liberty Square Adopts a Spokes Council. Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 3, 2011, 10:21 a.m.

Liberty Square Adopts a Spokes Council

EST by OccupyWallSt This past Friday, the General Assembly of Liberty Square voted to adopt an additional coordinating body called a Spokes Council. General Assembly Guide. #OCCUPYWALLSTREET Orientation Guide. Good news culture jammers!


The weather forecast for tomorrow is partly cloudy skies and highs of 68°F. Nighttime temperatures will reach a low of 52°F. There is a small chance of rain later in the week. Bring, at minimum, warm clothing, sleeping bag, food, water and a tarp. Saturday's occupation begins at noon in Bowling Green Park. A leaked bulletin from the New York Police Department reveals that they expect at least 5,000, and maybe even 20,000 people to swarm Wall Street tomorrow. A telephone support line has been set up by

Democracy Now! When asked about the occupation, the mayor of New York City responded, "People have a right to protest, and if they want to protest, we’ll be happy to make sure they have locations to do it. Anonymous says they will release their new hacktivism tool at 7am in solidarity with #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. This is your last chance to send a message to all your friends via Facebook, Twitter and phone asking them to join you tomorrow. Occupy Wall Street hand signals, an illustrated guide by Ape Lad. Douglas Rushkoff: not a Protest but a Prototype. The more familiar something looks, the less threatening it seems.

Douglas Rushkoff: not a Protest but a Prototype

This is why images of funny-looking college students marching up Broadway or shirtless boys banging on drums comprise the bulk of the imagery we see of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupy Wall Street beta tests a new way of living. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at Zuccotti Park in downtown New York City this week.

Occupy Wall Street beta tests a new way of living

Douglas Rushkoff : Occupy Wall Street not protest as much as protoype for new way of livingHe says Occupy's camps are hardworking congresses with consensus-building approachHe says they can beta test ideas on issues such as a complementary currency Rushkoff: When we begin to considers Occupy's ideas, we become "occupiers" ourselves Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff, who writes regularly for, is a media theorist and the author of "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age" and "Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back. " (CNN) -- The more familiar something looks, the less threatening it seems. Occupy’s Asshole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie.

Note from Nicole … This post was written by my friend Sara Robinson, a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future.

Occupy’s Asshole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie

I hope that any assholes who think they’re acting as part of the Occupy movement will read it and take heed…. Eric Thayer/Getty Images -- Anarchists in Oakland, Calif., smash the windows of a bank Wednesday during an Occupy demonstration. The group called for a general strike Wednesday and marched on the city's port later in the day, halting operations there. Occupy’s Asshole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie By Sara Robinson November 4, 2011 I wish I could say that the problems that the Occupy movement is having with infiltrators and agitators are new. 1. 2. Anybody who feels the need to put their own personal crap ahead of the health and future of the movement is (at least for that moment) an asshole, and does not belong in Occupied space. 3. 4. This is the problem Occupy’s leaders are very visibly struggling with now. This requires some pre-organization. Collaborative manifest. Aan de mensen die met de tentjes protesteren, BLIJF aub terugkomen, ik heb een aantal goede sprekers van jullie gehoord en wens dat jullie elke week terugkomen, laat anderen maar lachen, maar jullie hebben gelijk.

Als Ingenieur logistic en Bachelor economy weet ik dat jullie goed bezig zijn, jullie zijn nodig en hartverwarmend voor al degenen die zich niet meer kunnen verdedigen. Europa : Allereerst bleek de waarde van onze democraZy toen het nee-referendum gewoon de grond in werd geboord, daarnaast zijn in heel wat landen de boeken 'gefixed' zodat zij toegang kregen en alle euroleiders wisten dat verdomd goed, maar ze wilden zo graag, zelfde soort bedrieging van het volk als de oorlog in Irak.

Creatief boekhouden is het wanneer je vooral kort op mensen die zich niet kunnen verdedigen, wetende dat dit later zal leiden tot ellende, criminaliteit en allerlei toestanden die alleen mar geld kósten. Maar dat we 1 miljoen mensen onder de armoedegrens (voor zwervers is die grens-17C!) MUSE - OWS's Democratic Challenge. Find using OpenURL Occupy Wall Street's Democratic Challenge In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has some lessons to teach us, not the least of which is the shear unpredictability of political events.

MUSE - OWS's Democratic Challenge

With the European economy under the spell of the most dismal practitioners of the dismal science, the US Congress equally obsessed with deficits and austerity for the poor, and the Obama Administration's hard pivot to jobs both long overdue and hardly audible, it seemed that progressives had little to hope for. In the face of these trends OWS has brought at least some prospect of positive political change. How to Marginalize Dissent While Pretending to Listen. Delphi Technique Reading Massachusetts. The Delphi Technique.

Delphi Technique Reading Massachusetts

What Is It? "The goal of the Delphi technique is to lead a targeted group of people to a predetermined outcome, while giving the illusion of taking public input and under the pretext of being accountable to the public. " The Delphi Technique is a calculated method some administrators (such as school superintendents), committees (such as a school committee or school building committee), group facilitators and special interest groups (some ballot question groups and less-than-honorable architectural firms) use to achieve "consensus.

" Statement of Autonomy. Translations Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street.

Statement of Autonomy

November 10, 2011 and passed revision by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, March 3, 2012 Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. The Theology of Consensus. Consensus decision-making, a process in which groups come to agreement without voting, has been a central feature of direct action movements for nearly forty years, from the anti-nuclear movement of the 1970s to the turn-of-the-millennium global justice movement to 2011’s Occupy Wall Street.

The Theology of Consensus

Instead of voting a controversial plan up or down, groups that make decisions by consensus work to refine the plan until everyone finds it acceptable. A primer on the NYC General Assembly website, the structural expression of the Occupy movement, explains, “Consensus is a creative thinking process: When we vote, we decide between two alternatives.