Tom Atlee: A presidential candidate signs the Co-Intelligence Institute’s Politician’s Pledge

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Dear friends,

Robert Steele, a long-time colleague of mine and presidential hopeful with the Reform Party (see PS below), has just become the second politician to sign the Co-Intelligence Institute’s Politician’s Pledge http://bit.ly/SteelePledge.  This pledge commits the politician to take seriously any properly convened and facilitated citizens deliberative council – to post its results on their website and either follow its recommendations or publicly say why they can’t or won’t.

This seemingly low-commitment pledge – which requires nothing from the politician except an authentic respect for a legitimate voice of We the People (as described in my post yesterday) – has been declined by a number of politicians.  The only politician to sign it in the past was leading Hawaii Democratic state Senator Les Ihara http://1.usa.gov/LesIhara back in 2004.

Given that we are entering a major election year and the phraseS “the people” and “we the people” are being tossed around a lot, I invite you to consider asking the candidates seeking your support if they will sign the Politician’s Pledge and, if they decline, asking them why not.

Imagine if a few dozen politicians in the U.S. elections – and elsewhere where elections are going on – why, imagine if a few hundred or a few thousand signed the Politician’s Pledge….  Suddenly there would be a political “market” for citizen panels of all kinds – Citizens Juries, Consensus Conferences, Wisdom Councils….  And if a leading candidate made a big deal about their willingness to listen to the authentic, thoughtful voice of We the People and challenged their opponents to do the same, it just might become hard for other candidates to resist signing the Pledge.

And when 20% or 40% or 60% of the politicians signed the pledge – I mean, why not dream big!? – then suddenly the people would have a powerful voice to speak through, to make a difference, to get their collective wisdom pushed into political conversations and public policy.  And suddenly the ball would be in our court.  It would be up to us to convene the citizen panels that would tell the politicians what to do.  And if we did they, the onus would be on them to do what we said.  And if they didn’t, I suspect there would be other politicians ready to say that they would.

And after a while, it would make little difference which party a candidate was from, because the standard by which they were all being judged was how well they honored and supported the informed, thoughtful, creative will of We the People.

Think about it.

C’mon.  Dream with me.  Below you’ll find the pledge and the original “Listen to the People’s Wisdom” campaign, for your consideration and enjoyment.

Coheartedly,
Tom

PS:  Robert Steele’s campaign http://bigbatusa.org (he’s planning to hit a home run) is focusing on Electoral Reform, a Balanced Budget (don’t presume you know what that means until you see the specifics), True Cost Economics (one of the highest leverage approaches to transforming the economic system), and a Coalition Cabinet (no matter what your politics are, you’ll probably be boggled in both directions by the diverse people Steele is proposing for his cabinet).  I have any number of concerns about a number of his proposals, but in a sense that’s almost irrelevant.  I mean, I’ve never seen a candidate I didn’t have *some* real concerns about.  And his platform is one of the most radical I’ve seen and he’s determined to push these potent ideas into the political conversation.  I had issues with him calling his campaign “We the People” because all the ideas in his platform are his and his advisors’, rather than coming from citizen deliberative councils.  But now that he’s signed the Politician’s “Listen to the People” Pledge, I feel he can make that claim.  If he got enough support, he’d probably drum up a few CDCs just so he can play out his Pledge.  He’s a bit wild, I must admit, but he’s extremely high integrity and very dedicated.  Take a look and see what you think….

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http://co-intelligence.org/PoliticiansPledgeCampaign.html

Tom Atlee: #Occupy 2.0 Part III – Initatives Galore

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Exploring #Occupy 2.0 – Part 3 – Initiatives within and inspired by OWS

 

There is SO much going on in and around the Occupy movement – even in the midst of and aftermath of the many recent evictions – and even as the holiday season gets seriously underway. The diversity of local dynamics and initiatives exceeds my ability to track. But here is another taste of what’s going on:

First in this mailing I offer a remarkable movement visioning document from Toronto. Then I share news from two Occupy efforts – one in Atlanta with a variety of initiatives and one in Iowa focusing on the upcoming primary elections. Then I describe three sites where some very intensive thinking is going on about the occupy movement as a whole – one focusing on building the movement’s capacity for collective reflection, one providing an online forum for wildly participatory dialogue, and a third combining organized online reflections with sophisticated conference calls with notes made publicly available. I also skimmed a bunch of brainstorming off of that last site to give you a sense of what those folks are considering. Finally, I offer four initiatives inspired by the Occupy movement – a “national general assembly”, a January 20th demonstration at the Supreme Court protesting the Citizen United decision, a bill in Congress to tax the worst Wall Street speculative trading, and some ideas for Occupying the Holidays – including a hilarious/serious video intended to help Occupiers talk with resistant family members at their holiday dinner table.

For better and worse, there’s a lot here. Feel free to skim over to what might interest you, and dig in there. I hope you find it useful, informative, and inspiring.

Occupy your holiday with good spirit and expanding awareness and love.

Coheartedly,
Tom

Visit full post with links and abbreviated summaries of each.

Tom Atlee: #Occupy 2.0 Part II – What Happens Now?

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What happens now with OWS?

Those who think the Occupy movement will die away just because several encampments in major cities have been evicted are likely to be surprised.

They remind me of people who think that climate change is not going to be such a big deal because the weather in their area has been rather mild. Or the people who thought alcohol use (or drug use) would disappear because it was made illegal (prohibition). Appearances can be deceiving – especially when one only wants to see what’s obvious.

I remember how the Great Peace March (which I participated in) fell apart bankrupt in the Mojave Desert two weeks after it launched from Los Angeles in March 1986 with 1200 marchers. The national media reported its demise and moved on to other topics, ignoring the fact that it re-started two weeks later with 400 marchers – still a sizable event – and proceeded to have a profound effect on every community it visited for the next eight months – as well as on the larger society through ongoing reverberations long after it ended in Washington DC in November 1986 with 1200 marchers. Not the least of these was the birth of my own work exploring co-intelligence and wisely self-organizing democracy.

Just because some energy or activity ceases to be clearly and publicly visible, doesn’t mean it has died or gone away. Especially when you suppress it with violence, you almost guarantee it will continue, growing and evolving, surfacing with new energy and impacts in new times and places, often to people’s great surprise. Addressing symptoms of a disturbance seldom handles the cause, which will soon find other outlets to manifest whatever need is not being met.

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Tom Atlee: #Occupy 2.0 – Part I – Foreclosure Activism

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Exploring #Occupy 2.0 – Part 1 – Brilliant #OWS foreclosure activism

Dear friends,

During the next week I’ll be reporting on a wide variety of initiatives and inquiries arising among Occupy activists in this transition phase of their movement.  But first I want to share one of the main thrusts of their emerging effort, which is showing up in a variety of forms around the country – foreclosure activism.  This article, in particular, gives a good glimpse into the sophistication of the organizing work being done by these folks.

Blessings on the Journey.

coheartedly,
Tom

Occupy Wall Street on Your Street
Astra Taylor  The Nation December 7, 2011

Tom Atlee: Sources of the Occupy Movement Part IV

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Sources of the Occupy Movement – Part 4 – Socioeconomic conditions

 This post looks at the social and economic conditions that fostered the emergence of the Occupy movement, as well as a timeline of events, books, and commentary that, in retrospect, offer significant precedents or stimulants to the form and energy of Occupy.

Coheartedly,
Tom

*** CONSIDERING THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE DESTRUCTION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, UNEMPLOYMENT, THE TRIALS OF YOUTH, AND THE GENERAL DEGRADATION OF CULTURE ***

Read full post with many links.

PartI   . . .   Part II   . . .    Part III

See Also:

Tom Atlee: Drop-Out Economy Meets Twilight of Elites

Tom Atlee: Three New Potent Occupy Together Resources

Tom Atlee: #OWS Emerging Patterns & Suggestions

 

Tom Atlee: Four Types of Power

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Dear friends,

Stimulated by Occupy and an expanding inquiry into new forms of economics, combined with my ongoing interest in bringing wisdom to politics and governance, I’ve stumbled on a productive approach to pulling it all together:  Start from an exploration of Power – particularly, but not only, social power.  This brings both politics and economics under the same roof, and oddly integrates protest movements, alternative technologies and social forms, and the human potential movement.  More on that later.

Right now, I want to share some notes on types of power.  If you have thoughts about these lists, please share them on my blog so others can see them and all the comments will be gathered together in one place where it will be easier for me to review and learn from them all.

I hope you find these interesting and thought-provoking.  I look forward to any comments you may have.

Coheartedly,
Tom

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FOUR TYPES OF POWER

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