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From flickr.com/photos/87434398@N00/113500354/: Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn
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What are you going to do today to fight the system?

If even a small percentage of the population did something every day, things would change. If a bigger percentage did something on pre-arranged days, things would change even more. I don't think demonstrations are the answer. But we need to do some things that stand up to the system, that disrupt or undermine or confront the system. Voting within the system can make tiny changes happen. But that's not nearly enough. We don't know exactly what will make changes happen.

I asked Howard Zinn, about a year before he passed away, what it would take to clean up the mess we're in.

Zinn replied,
"All you can do really - you do your part, you do whatever you can. You organize with other people, you try to get some kind of change, and if enough people do enough things, even if they're little things, they will add up. Because that's what happens in movements: just millions of people doing small things which they cannot predict in it's results."
So do a little every day. Do small things. Because you never know whether that small thing will be the one that tips the wagon and changes the world. If there is enough of a bottom-up, collective movement, if enough people come together or coordinate together, wherever they are, we have the power to overcome anyone, anything.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Zinn was absolutely right. And let me share a thou... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 5:27:33 PM
Do not be discouraged. We have a lot of impact wit... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 6:48:09 PM
Human brains evolved to process stories. Stories a... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 10:06:08 PM
You're right, Rob. That's what I'm talking about. ... by E. J. N. on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:13:48 AM
Ever since I started Storycon, I've believed that ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 7:53:43 AM
I agree absolutely Rob.Stories -- Metaphor -- Alle... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:08:19 AM
Yes, Jesus used the stories (called parables) to g... by reformedrepub on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:26:24 PM
E.J.N.: That is one of the things the late Dave Br... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:44:50 AM
OEN could show the way to solving one of our natio... by Richmond Shreve on Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 7:11:11 PM
A late evening Happy Birthday, Rob, and thanks for... by M.I. Lee on Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 10:27:03 PM
Rob,I hear you loudly and clearly: doing many smal... by Herbert Calhoun on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 5:37:25 AM
There have always been and will continue to be peo... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:38:27 AM
It's hard to argue with what you say, but big thin... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:01:41 AM
My personal opinion is; fighting doesn't work. Cha... by Dale Bordelon on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:27:12 AM
Interesting exchange here. Thanks for the inspirat... by Michael David Morrissey on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:51:31 PM
so, what does it MEAN to do a small thing? Like wh... by reformedrepub on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:20:58 PM