Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 16, 2011, 9:33 p.m. EST by breakingcode
from Newport, KY
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Too many of the messages put out, and the people (especially the ones showing up on TV and opinion talk shows) are contrary to the OWS movement. "The Message" suffers from the fact that it's bastardized by anyone and everyone who has a microphone in their face, and the fact that even from person to person the expectations are completely different with only a shared underlying theme.
I've been a project manager for close to 20 years now...
The very tools and size of the groups that are needed to enact change have been owned and studied and are obvious, readable, and are as predictable as a sign printed in 200 point font to the people who do not want this group to have power. They are rife with people who's lives revolve around the aquisition of power/public opinion/finance.
OWS can NOT continue to exist as a wide open "rah rah" movement any longer and hope to make meaningful progress.
That worked fine for organizing simple things like "Show up at a time and a place" but let's be honest,..even the most Basic "message" is completely contestable from one memeber to another. For the long game this simply will not work. You can't throw boulders UP a ladder.
OWS needs something more rigid, formal and/or (dare I say) clandestine. Unfortunately that very type of structure would never be tolerated by it's members unless some amazing new means of checks and balances were created for the people "representing"
So instead the best we get is something like this site, where we get post after post of "WharrrbleGarrble" and counter "WharrbleGarrrble" and a rare idea of merit lost in the howl. This works in the "Their" favor,..because it wastes time and resources (Something they have limitless supplies of)
As horrible a concept as it is,..OWS needs to elect leaders and design some kind of structure, get some trustworthy people who can actually take responsibility and assume some accountability for the message and the actions. (As I said before, new checks and balances must be created for such)
Otherwise we're doomed to simply spitting in the wind in a war of attrition we can not win.
Ok, you asked for it, you got it. proclamation99 (yeah we'll come up with a better name that everyone likes later)
The OFFICIAL petition of the "rest of the 99%" "A intro based on information gathered from OWS sites and the reoccurring themes therein." http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/proclamation99/
Wow! I had to go deal with family issues for a couple of days and I have to say I didn't really expect this thread to be this big. Or for the petition to have gotten any real eyeballs on it yet. So that's a cool surpise to come back to.
Also while I appreciate everyone's support for this concept PLEASE don't go trolling people or shutting down anyone out of turn. I mean feel free to engage in debate and point out misinformation but lets not assume everyone is stupid for not agreeing with us. (that's the tactics of the 1% and OWS, lets move beyond that)
Cool news,.. People are signing the petition, Rokysopp donated domain names and web hosting space for a page. And so far I've had only positive support for all the suggestions.
There's a million ideas we need to sift/sort/prioritize but just some of the interesting/cool ideas that have been presented as concepts.
I have several programmers that are working on a Wii/PS/droid/iphone app that will allow people to see "town hall" information. Using video game consoles to organize?! C'mon no matter how big a detractor you are, you have to admit That's AMAZINGLY COOL!! One of the guys is even testing a small device that you can plug into a wall socket and any phone line that will give you the same info (old school modem BBS style) but with a local "pretty" user interface and display options (with a port you can plug into ANY old school/new TV with.) All using recycled materials, Free OS's etc.. if we could make these super cheap, or free and get them to people who don't have internet connections that would plug a huge information gap between us and the people as I really think the only place to truly centralize and dissiminate information and action is the internet. But like I said that's just ONE cool idea that will be "up for people to talk about"
I'm really jazzed about this and I'm looking for people who have Project managment backgrounds to help out. Just PM me. I'll be playing with the web site this week and we'll see what happens.
EDIT My edits just made the content too long, new post in body