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4. Introducing a whole new generation to the joys of civic engagement and the phenomenal high that comes from organizing collectively for the common good -- A+

For generations, we have all been conditioned to accept the isolated consumerist bubble Western society imposes on us as inevitable to the human condition. No matter the eventual outcome of the 1,000+ occupations around the world, tens of thousands of young adults will never return to their prior alienated lives.

5. The acquisition (by tens of thousands of us) of invaluable skills in non-hierarchical decision making and governance -- A+

Having experienced this process, even briefly, it becomes very difficult -- if not impossible -- to return to work, community and political settings where dominance and control is the primary paradigm.

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6. The formation of new, long term connections and networks -- A+

At the end of the day, it will be networking and coalition building with existing antiwar, antiglobalization, social justice and environmental groups that will build a giant movement with sufficient muscle to enact real change. Networking with thousands of localized sustainability groups, which have already made giant strides in opting out of the corporate economy will be especially important.

7. The re-introduction of mutual welfare thinking into the movement for change -- A+

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The "welfare committee" was fundamental to nearly all veteran, union and community organizing during the Great Depression (the last major economic crisis). Effective movement building demands that we look after one another, regardless of social background and income level.

8. The systematic empowerment of women OWS members -- A+

Thanks to leaderless decision making and governance, women have a new voice in OWS occupations that they don't enjoy in the rest of society.


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