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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 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

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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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