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Occupy Wall Street Metamorphosizes-- And it's Beautiful and Fun

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Occupy Wall Street  Metamorphosizes-- And it's Beautiful and Fun

I spent four of the five days at the Occupy National Gathering and my here's my overall impression;

 It was a powerful, visionary, exciting, FUN gathering of representatives from close to 100 different Occupy locales. Marches through Philadelphia, aimed at Comcast and big Banks, in heat reaching mid 90s temperatures, had upwards of 300-500 marchers. 

The goals of the gathering, described on the official website were, "for a week of direct actions, movement building and the creation of a vision for a democratic future." There was also a lot of sharing of ideas, tactics, strategies, resources, between occupiers, for example, on how to help people being foreclosed on and thrown out of their houses, or how to take over unoccupied buildings. 

The last day focused on a visioning process. Hundreds of the occupy representatives participated in discussions aimed at defining a positive vision for a democratic future. I participated in the process. 

This visioning was interesting to me because I've spent many years in the world of positive psychology, long enough so I own the website www.positivepsychology.net. With positive psychology, we take an approach that goes beyond diagnosing and fixing what's broken. We look at how people can be taught and empowered to reach towards optimal functioning, towards  ideal ways of being. I felt that the same approach could be applying to visioning for an ideal future from an Occupy perspective.  

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First, the whole group of Occupy #NatGat listened as the coordinators explained the process.

People were broken up into groups of 45. Then, further broken into groups of three who were asked to generate a lists of visions for a democratic future. A scribe for each group of three was to write them down. Next, three groups of three were to come together. First, a  new scribe had to be chosen for each group of three. Then, they had to collage the ideas into a single list representing the nine people, and then, the nine had to vote, with twinkle fingers, on the different items. 

Next, the lists created by the nine people were worked on by another group of scribes, so the visions of the 45 could be pulled together. This was not always easy work. One group might have had an item-- "get rid of for-profit prisons." Another had, "end all imprisonment." They weren't the same!  There were some ideas that each group had come up with that were very similar--- "direct democracy," "horizontal approaches wherever possible," "free healthcare and education."   Now, please keep in mind, these are my personal observations and recollections, not the official report that will be issued, soon, by the group that organized the visioning process.

On the last day of the gathering, Elise Luce Kraemer displayed and helped to create the Occupy My Soul Quilt, a beautiful collection of images and words. 


Here's a video, taken by Kevin Gosztola, showing some of the discussion in the visioning session.



People wonder what the future of the Occupy movement is. I left the gathering very optimistic and hopeful. The energy, creativity, dedication and passion manifested by all ages is extraordinary. The encampments are gone. So be it. The future of occupy is in the people already in it and those who discover it and who the current people awaken, who will act as catalysts, moving the people of the world from a top down culture of dinosaurs to a bottom up, horizontal, direct democracy world of little mammals. That's how evolution happened. That's how the  metamorphosis of Occupy will shake the world and, from the bottom up, make the biggest changes seen since civilization began. 

Also, see my other article on the  Occupy Guitarmy march from Philly to Wall Street. 

 

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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Thanks for your work!... by Paul Repstock on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:15:34 AM
The visioning exercises described are used constan... by John McGrath on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:16:50 AM
Doctor Martin Luther King and the civil rights mov... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:13:42 AM
You speak of "moving the people of the world from ... by Don Smith on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:41:28 AM
Don I agree with this need both approach.  Th... by Nathaniel Heidenheimer on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:19:53 AM
I agree partly , but I think to "kick out the mode... by Nathaniel Heidenheimer on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:24:42 AM
lment. A Top-Down structure stiffles invention and... by Paul Repstock on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:34:00 AM
if the group comes to agreement on rules, through ... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:35:43 AM
I also think that some of the processes used by Oc... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 2:56:59 PM
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It's totally clear from your article. You're ... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 1:26:18 PM
personally I am glad that Occupy has changed from ... by Rudy Avizius on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 2:14:09 PM
The power of the people has not yet been fully rea... by E. J. N. on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 5:00:23 PM
Beautifully stated E.J.  I'd write more, but ... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 3:18:13 PM
Rather than continue seeking a conquering hero or ... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Jul 7, 2012 at 4:40:54 PM
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