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June 29, 2014

Do Something Small Today-- Recollections of a Conversation With Howard Zinn

By Rob Kall

But 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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From flickr.com/photos/87434398@N00/113500354/: Howard Zinn

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.


Submitters Bio:

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. 

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 


To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.


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