Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 11, 2011, 7:17 a.m. EST by Meesa
from New York, NY
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Hurrah for taking this to DC! I propose it is time for OWS 2.0 -- a revised model concentrating on Washington and shaping/reshaping policies and processes that will result in real, tangible felt change for all Americans.
I also propose re-branding this movement, from "Occupy" to "Engage." The word Occupy has bugged me from Day 1. I'm looking for real change, not the usual "demonizing" and dividing rhetoric of revolutions past. I want to see people not "occupying" -- that is too static for me, the often-quoted "people just standing around." Rather, I want to see, feel, hear, smell and taste ENGAGEMENT. People being engaged with their families, their neighbors, their communities. Engaging in innovative relationships with businesses and civic groups. Engaging in the development of alternative fuels, alternative food systems, alternative ways of being and thinking. Engagement seems to me closer to what "Occupy" has been about, too -- engaging people to think "outside the box," engaging the media and onlookers in new ways.
Do you see what I mean? "Engage" is positive change and personal empowerment. It is movement, conversation, curiosity, being aware. "Occupy" is hostile, stationary, oppressive. If all this rebranding is too complicated, maybe we can re-imagine "Occupy" to be defined as "mindfulness" -- to mentally -- as well as physically -- "occupy" one's life. In this case, get rid of that clenched fist, already! Replace this with an image closer to the end goal.
I've posted this before but it bears reposting. I propose the "Occupy" philosophy shift to something closer to this model: The Plenitude Economy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR-YrD_KB0M
Seriously. I'm thinking of starting a working group called Engage: OWS 2.0
What do you think?