Against Activism. Almost a decade ago I attended a conference called “1968” at a nondescript college in New Jersey.
Mark Rudd, a student radical turned community college math instructor living out his retirement in New Mexico, delivered the keynote. Taking the podium, he reflected critically on the national renown he had earned in his early twenties for his role in the Columbia University occupation and his involvement with the Weather Underground, a mediagenic group of militant rebels who preached the gospel of “propaganda of the deed” by detonating bombs in places like the Pentagon and the Capitol. Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change. “There is no love of life without despair of life,” wrote Albert Camus — a man who in the midst of World War II, perhaps the darkest period in human history, saw grounds for luminous hope and issued a remarkable clarion call for humanity to rise to its highest potential on those grounds.
It was his way of honoring the same duality that artist Maira Kalman would capture nearly a century later in her marvelous meditation on the pursuit of happiness, where she observed: “We hope. We despair. We hope. Liquid Democracy. Concensus process. CONSENSUS (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) Theory & Event - Semantic, Pragmatic, and Affective Enactment at OWS. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Occupy movement shows us how the semantic, pragmatic, and affective - meaning, action, and feeling - are intertwined in all collective practices.
The intertwining of the semantic and the pragmatic - what we say and what we accomplish in that saying - has been a topic of interest in the humanities and the critical social sciences for almost 50 years, since its thematization by Austin and its codification in Speech Act Theory; widespread interest in affect has been more recent, but the interplay of its twin roots in Tompkins and Deleuze - producing a sort of evo-neuro-Spinozism - has been usefully explored in The Affect Theory Reader (Gregg and Seigworth, 2010). It's now time to bring speech act theory and affect theory together in understanding the role of political affect (Protevi 2009) in the Occupy movement. Participation and communication pt. two: the stages of community building. The main reason for communities to break apart is conflict; conflict mostly caused through a lack of communication. When people get together and discover their freedom, they feel like there is new meaning in their collective but also individual lives.
They mostly experience some kind of deep harmony. Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies. This text has been prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid).
It is based on different texts and summaries which reached consensus in the internal Assemblies of this Commission (and which will be made available on the official webs of the 15th May Movement) and from the experiences gained in the General Assemblies held in this Protest Camp up until 31st May 2011. pdf-it, pdf-fr, pdf-es, pdf-en The purpose of this Quick Guide 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 any given Assembly. Nonviolent Communication.
InterOccupy. Distracting Influences. Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression. December 11, 2009 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Image: Head gears via Shutterstock)What a fascinating thing!
Total control of a living organism! — psychologist B.F. Skinner The corporatization of society requires a population that accepts control by authorities, and so when psychologists and psychiatrists began providing techniques that could control people, the corporatocracy embraced mental health professionals. In psychologist B.F. What's Stopping More of Us From Being Environmentalists and Feminists? Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior.
Why don’t people behave in more environmentally friendly ways? New research presents one uncomfortable answer: They don’t want to be associated with environmentalists. That’s the conclusion of troubling new research from Canada, which similarly finds support for feminist goals is hampered by a dislike of feminists. Participants held strongly negative stereotypes about such activists, and those feelings reduced their willingness “to adopt the behaviors that these activities promoted,” reports a research team led by University of Toronto psychologist Nadia Bashir. This surprisingly cruel caricaturing, the researchers conclude, plays “a key role in creating resistance to social change.” Another study, featuring 17 male and 45 female undergraduates, confirmed the pervasiveness of those stereotypes.
The Three Reasons Why Americans AREN'T Rising Up in Open Revolt (Robert Reich) Engaging Apathetic and Disempowered Groups. Margaret J. Wheatley: Disturb Me, Please. Eight hundred years ago, Catherine, a woman living in Sienna Italy who was later to become a saint, stated: "Speak the truth in a million voices.
Community Organizer scott crow Talks Shifting Culture Without Government — American Dreamers. I recently spoke to noted community organizer scott crow about how average people—people with dreams, vision, grit and motivation—can effect change in a very real and quantifiable way after the vote.
This isn't a playbook for smashing some McDonald's or Starbucks windows, but for taking the fight to communities. A tired cycle exists in American electoral culture. Every two years we vote for federal representatives and senators, and every four years we vote in the presidential election. Each election cycle builds to a critical mass of ideological recriminations, crescendoing on election day. Americans then rather sadly wash their hands of the mess, and resolve to do very little or nothing to actively make democracy work.
Sandra Steingraber on Taking Action. Bill Moyer- What Does it mean to be an Organizer. Funding Resources. Home. Mailing Lists in Politics: How to Reach Your Voters - NextMark. How To Occupy. Inter-Occupy Behavorial Issue Registry. Occupy theorists launch militant research handbook. A collaborative project seeks to redefine the place where activism and academia meet by promoting militant research in, about and with the movements.
New York University, 2013 [FULL VERSION] Mindful Occupation - Radical Mental Health. Campus Organizing Guide for Peace & Justice Groups. Tools for a Better Future. Neat Stuff Ecstasy Drug-Crazed Ravers Are Like Chemical Buddhas Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Jason Louv. New Rules for Radicals: 10 Ways To Spark Change in a Post-Occupy World. February 1, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. 6 People You Need to Start a Revolution. April 12, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email.
What is a Resilience Circle? — An overview You are here: Home » What is a Resilience Circle? A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10 – 20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action. The economy is going through a deep transition, and economic security is eroding for millions of people. We’re worried about our financial security and about the future we are creating for our children. SurveyMonkey: Free online survey software & questionnaire tool. Statista - The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies.
Change.org - Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change. Petition Site - Start free petitions. In the Moment. Jason Adams Williams College. Good news from Germany: A 'global transformation of values has already begun'. Scientists find visions of a benevolent future society motivate reform. Activists, take note: People support reform if they believe the changes will enhance the future character of society, according to a study published online this month in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Study on Social Movements and Policy Implementation; Andrews, K.T. A centralized location for your leftist literature: Archive. Don't Let Occupy Be Occupied: 6 Ways to Fight the Creep to Institutionalize. Photo Credit: David Shankbone January 25, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. It's worth a long night’s conversation over your beverage of choice to explore the history of how becoming institutionalized affected the course of the civil rights and women’s movements, among others. Radicals became captive to a mindset dominated by the imperatives of competitive fundraising and institutions, rather than movement building. An open letter and warning from a former tea party movement adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement. : occupywallstreet.
Theory & Event - Claiming Division, Naming a Wrong. Technology Operations Group. Occupy Research Draft. Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here's 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive by Kathleen Ann Bradley. Two years ago today, when Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park, many wondered what was next for the movement. The U.S. Occupy Movement – Since the Eviction from the Squares. Chicago Rising! — www.thenation. A resurgent protest culture fights back against Rahm Emanuel’s austerity agenda. Slavoj Žižek: Don't Act. Just Think. 4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder. Why Fast, Cheap, and Easy Design Is Killing Your Nonprofit’s Brand.