Three new exciting resources have just showed up.
1. OccupyCafe.org – a linked phone and online forum space for conversations among everyone “who cares about what is happening on Wall Street and around the world.” Its phone mode uses the advanced MaestroConferencing system that enables activities like breakout groups and hand-raising. Topic conversations begun on the phone can be continued in the online forum, and vice versa. The first phone call is Monday morning. See details below.
2. Organizational consultants study grassroots activist communities – This article didn’t exist online, so I got a blurry scanned copy from one of the co-authors and typed it up over a couple of days so I could post it and send it to you. The next day the other co-author posted a clear pdf online, so that’s what you get below. I think it is applicable and potentially useful to the Occupy movement.
3. Some very clear advice from nonviolent activist Sharif Abdullah of Commonway in Portland Oregon. Sharif’s the fellow who spread the phrase “create a world that works for all” into movement circles. Taking lessons from Gandhi, King, Argentinian activists, and his own work in Sri Lanka, he offers guidelines to help the folks in the Occupy Together movement sustain their transformational impact.
Bit by bit, action by action, conversation by conversation, we develop the collective knowledge we need to make a world that works for all…