#Occupy and Transition: resources for creating lasting change

Like our friends at Transition Voice and Yes Magazine have written, there are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.

In many #Occupy gatherings in cities across the country, people are gathering for teach-ins and sharing skills to build this movement. Here is a digest of some of the articles and resources that we've found insightful in thinking about how we can be bold in our next steps and combine our Transition thinking with this new surge of momentum around change. Consider this a virtual, self-guided teach-in that starts now! (And by all means, post a comment below to add to this list)

Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge Discuss the End of Growth

Listen to the call - Getting Beyond Economic Growth - with Richard Heinberg of Post Carbon Institute and Helena Norberg-Hodge of The Economics of Happiness hosted on Wednesday by our friends at Orion Magazine. 

Summary: Must the economy always grow? At what societal, personal, and planetary cost? Orion hosted a live discussion on the end of economics as we know it with Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth, and Helena Norberg-Hodge, whose film The Economics of Happiness explores the costs and alternatives to perpetual growth. During this hour-long dialogue ranging from Occupy Wall Street to climate change, our guests shared ideas, resources, and answered listener questions.
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Wall Street Occupiers

10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement

By  October 18, 2011 (Photo: editrrix via Flickr)

As the #OccupyWallStreet movement continues to spread with more than 1,500 sites we're seeing more and more people are speaking up for a society that works for the 99 percent, not just the 1 percent. In this article Sarah van Gelder of the YES! Magazine staff lay out 10 recommendations for ways to build the power and momentum of this movement. Only two of them involve sleeping outside...


Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

by Naomi Klein, Published on Friday, October 7, 2011 by The Occupied Wall Street Journal

We have picked a fight with the most powerful economic and political forces on the planet. That’s frightening. And as this movement grows from strength to strength, it will get more frightening. Always be aware that there will be a temptation to shift to smaller targets—like, say, the person sitting next to you at this meeting. After all, that is a battle that’s easier to win.

Don’t give in to the temptation. I’m not saying don’t call each other on shit. But this time, let’s treat each other as if we plan to work side by side in struggle for many, many years to come. Because the task before will demand nothing less.

Let’s treat this beautiful movement as if it is most important thing in the world. Because it is. It really is.

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soldier corporate personhood sign by Andy Sternberg

Turning Occupation into Lasting Change

Can the Occupy movement transform the legal structures that give corporations their power over the rest of us?
by Thomas Linzey, Jeff Reifman, posted Oct 14, 2011 at Yes Magazine

"Mainstream progressive groups have failed by constraining their activities within legal and regulatory systems purposefully structured to subordinate communities to corporate power. Transformative movements don’t operate that way. Abolitionists never sought to regulate the slave trade; they sought freedom and rights for slaves. Suffragists didn’t seek concessions but demanded the right for all women to vote. The Occupy movement must begin to use lawmaking activities in cities and towns to build a new legal structure of rights that empowers community majorities over corporate minorities, rather than the other way around."


Jon Young: Storytelling, Peacemaking, & Culture Repair (Three Part Series)

Open letter to the 99 percent

By Steven Liaros October 21, 2011 at Transition Voice

Build your world from the bottom up. Build a small self-sufficient and democratic community and then another and another. And then connect these with social networking tools. Yours can be different to all previous revolutions because for the first time in human history, we can create communities first before even considering building the physical city.

We can organize communities online. Form a group, or circle or network online with the people you get along with. Document your agreements and store them in a shared location. Work out what your needs are: food, housing, clothing, healthcare, IT needs, whatever, and decide who in the group will provide them. You are forming a team, a team of complementary players that collectively can satisfy everyone’s needs. You won’t be fully self-sufficient but strive towards self-sufficiency, at least for your basic needs. Have a look at Mother Earth News for heaps of ideas about how to be more self-sufficient.

For needs that can’t be met within the immediate community look at the Collaborative Consumption website for ideas around sharing and collaboration. Just be wary of the idea of “consumption.” Consumption should apply to food and little if anything else. Anything that uses up resources should be durable. It should last as long as possible. It should be designed so that, with some maintenance, it can last for generations. This is the true definition of sustainable development; the building of something that, if it must be made at all, can be sustained forever. Once again, though, you have to come to agreements about who does the maintenance.

Transition towards a better world

  1. Transition, or steady change, is our process for creating a better world.
  2. Our better world will be a global network of intentional local communities.
  3. The network will be forged through, and bound only by, the free sharing of all human knowledge.
  4. Each community shall regard all other communities as their equals and is responsible for sharing knowledge to achieve and maintain that equality.
  5. Each community shall strive toward self-sufficiency with respect to food, water, energy and material resources.
  6. Each community acknowledges that the right to use any part of the Earth is accompanied by a responsibility to maintain or enhance the health of the Earth so it may also be used by all future generations of all life species.
  7. Each community shall maintain itself at a scale where all its members can meaningfully participate as equals in the development of agreements that bind the community together.
  8. Each community shall allow and encourage the free movement of individuals between communities.
  9. Each community shall allow and encourage the continual review of its agreements so that those social contracts are suitable to the present participants.
  10. Each community acknowledges that all individuals are unique, and therefore different.
  11. Each community shall encourage all individuals in their pursuit of self-knowledge, which is the pursuit of happiness.
  12. Through the pursuit of self-knowledge, achieved by accepting change and allowing personal growth, we can each discover how we can contribute freely to the creation of a better world.

– Steven Liaros, Transition Voice




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