Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 18, 2011, 11:40 a.m. EST by WSExec
from Boston, MA
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You’re doing it all wrong.
We’ve seen plenty of interviews, YouTube clips, press reports, etc.; and what comes through is a bunch of inspired young people that are unhappy with the way things are and believe that they are starting a movement of change simply because the numbers are growing. Nonetheless, I probably encountered far more angry citizens on my commute this AM than all those combined occupying New York, Washington, Boston, Kalamazoo, the Tundra, etc.. If you keep going on your current path, you’re not going to get much change beyond what gets dropped in a guitar case on the sidewalk.
My point is that your message is not being heard. You seem to think, at least from the interviews I’ve seen and several walks through the encampment, that the message is loud and clear; but the fact (IMO) is that you are all drinking each other’s Kool Aid, it’s not electric (may have acid in it) and there are way too many flavors.
As it stands today, your movement is a camping movement, and the only common message coming through to the real world is that “You are the other 99%.” Heck, I’m an executive on Wall Street and also probably in the other 99%. Still, you have folks out here intrigued, which is a start if nothing else. From an investor’s perspective, you’re all kind of like Pandora (internet radio). There’s something there. It’s interesting to listen to it. You have growing participation. But… you haven’t really figured out how to draw value from the population that you have built short of some nice music.
If you want to get something done and look back on 2011 as the year you actually accomplished something, pick a flavor of Kool Aid and drive some change. You’re not even asking for anything because you don’t really know what you want other than something different. Would you go into a diner and say “I didn’t like the eggs yesterday – give me something different today?”
Organize… Hone a common message… Stop complaining… Put some tangible issues on the table and propose a solution (ask for something). If you’re all saying the same thing and it makes sense, it may actually begin to resonate.
Sincerely (for real),
Intrigued Wall Street Executive
P.S. Don’t wait too long. The occupants who are just searching for a cause probably won’t stick out the coming cold weather.