The Occupy movement has made a decision, that for now, in it's early, embryonic stage, it's not going to make demands.
But there are a lot of issues that are coming out at the general assemblies of the occupied territories. One way that Opednews.com can help get the word out about why people are occupying is to put out strong calls for policy change-- calls supported by lots of strong, united voices.
Occupy Washington DC Occupiers photo by Rob Kall
We're going to start creating petitions and actions like petitions, where people sign up to send a message or take a stand to someone or some organization.
There's some technology involved and now, we have it.
At least initially, it will need to be set up by us at Opednews. So we need to get suggestions and then, we'll take the best ones and do the tech stuff necessary to enable them to be shared so they can go viral, hopefully.
To strengthen the petitions, we may use some of our contacts-- some of the leading writers for our site-- to prime the pump, so to speak.
So please either email me or post your ideas as comments.
Some can be very time sensitive and some can be "everygreens" issues that have been around for a long time.
Here are some of the reasons we're starting to do petitions and "tell them" actions:
Petitions are digital actions that engage our members and readers. They can be described as petitions or as letters that we are asking members to sign and then forward on to their friends, put on facebook, etc.
Why do it?
-to lead in seeking and calling for change and improvements that are consistent with progressive values
-to take initiative and actions that our members can participate in
-to engage our members.
-to build community
-to widen our reach
-to make more people aware of Opednews.com and what we do and stand for.
-to empower our readers and members.
-to build our member and subscriber base
I look forward to seeing your suggestions. This is a long term project, so we will not be doing them all at once. But we want to treat petitions the way we treat other content at OEN-- a bottom-up "We" project, that involves YOU our community.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed 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.
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