From Occupy to Idle No More

A new movement in Canada, Idle No More, is worth taking a look at; it is bringing forth a greater participation than both Occupy Canada and the Quebec student movement. In addition, its focus is on First Nations people and their rights. My first experience with the Idle No More phenomenon came on Dec. 21, […]

The Best Response to Disaster: Go on the Offensive

They say the best defense is a good offense. I Googled the hell out of this phrase but couldn’t find a definitive answer on where it comes from. It’s attributed to everyone from the football coach Vince Lombardi to Machiavelli, Mao, the boxer Jack Dempsey and probably every military strategist in history. Whatever the case […]

Small Town’s Frontline Battle Against Chase/CVS/Armstrong

  Written & contributed by Shepard Bliss Small town Sebastopol residents in Northern California have been waging a fierce David vs. Goliath struggle against the powerful Chase Bank, CVS Pharmacy, and Armstrong Development for over two years. The implications of this struggle extend beyond this one town, as big business continues to seek to expand […]

Top 5 Occupy Wall Street Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Written & contributed by Jane Smith If you are interested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, you know that it can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes there are demonstrations held in Denver, while others are being held the same day in Los Angeles. Protesters are often uprooted by police officials or asked to move […]

Marianne Manilov | Beyond the Social Network, Engaging Community

Marianne is the Co-founder and Co-Director of The Engage Network, formed to respond to the inquiry How do we build stronger movements to make real systemic change? The Engage Network marries the best online organizing strategies with a unique, small circle approach to offline base building. The result is Change on a Human Scale- a robust network […]

Creating Community | Lessons from Occupy

Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss  Occupy Wall Street (OWS) began using public space in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, which stimulated hundreds of similar encampments around and beyond the United States. During the past six months, this mass movement has been assaulted by police and by the corporate media. It has also […]

Occupy Media Grows

Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss “, which means to occupy the commons, will go online later this month,” reported Michael Levitin, a 35-year-old founding editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. He spoke on March 16 at an event in Santa Rosa, California, hosted by the forthcoming Occupied Press—North Bay/Prensa Ocupada—Bahia Norte. “We need […]

Stacy Kono | Leading Heart First

Stacy Kono is the Director of Programmatic Partnerships at the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She oversees Rockwood’s trainings and fellowship programs which equip over 300 leaders a year with tools in collaboration and sustainable leadership. She joined Rockwood after having worked for ten years as an organizer with Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) in Oakland. Stacy […]

Occupying the Nation’s Attention, If Not Its Cities

Occupy woke us up to the blatant truth about the relationship between the haves and the have nots. And although the tents are gone, as Scott Neuman writes in this article, the movement itself continues. What surfaced last fall will not be forgotten or dismissed. What we saw was the beginning of transformation. Most of […]

Leadership & Emergence

Original article, “Leadership and Emergence,” submitted by Claire Reinelt, December 20, 2011 on OccupyCafe.  With the potential of the new year in front of us, it is good to remember that “we don’t know” and that’s okay. Transformation and renewal means at some point things will be off-balance. Things will get chaotic. In her book, Engaging Emergence, Peggy Holman […]

The Good News for 2011

Original article written by Claudia Horwitz (with contributors: Erin Dale, Gita Gulati-Partee, Russell Herman, Claudia Horwitz, Margot Horwitz, Jennifer Jackson, Chad Jones, Sean Kosfosky, Becca Krantz, Danyelle O’Hara, Tema Okun, and Marian Urquilla) for the December 2011 stone circles blog.  It’s impressive to see the many things for social change that folks accomplished in 2011. This fantastic […]

Inside an Occupy Affinity Group

Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss Our new Occupy Affinity Group (AG) recently met at “Mr. Mom’s” comfortable home. His four-month-old daughter mostly sleeps in a nearby swinging crib. Sometimes she rises and nestles into his chest, occasionally spitting up a white, milky substance over his dark shirt. This evokes memories, as well as a […]