Welcome to the General Assembly of Occupy London.
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General Assembly minutes are made available as soon as possible, along with a link to livestream footage.
The General Assembly is a gathering of people committed to discussing issues and making decisions based upon a collective agreement or “consensus”. There is no single leader or governing body of the General Assembly – everyone’s voice is equal. Anyone is free to propose an idea or express an opinion as part of the General Assembly.
So that people have time to think about the issues and decisions that are coming up, discussion topics and proposals for consensus are usually scheduled in advance. A facilitator guides the General Assembly through an agenda which includes input from anyone who attends the open planning meeting directly before the GA.
Making a consensus decision about a proposal follows a basic format. An individual shares what is being proposed, why it is being proposed, and, if there is enough agreement, how it can be carried out. The General Assembly will express its opinion for each proposal through a series of hand gestures. If there is positive consensus for a proposal – meaning no outright opposition – then it is accepted and the proposed action will be taken. If there is not consensus, the responsible group or individual is asked to revise the proposal with the contribution of the blocker, and submit again at the following General Assembly until a consensus is achieved.
For each discussion topic, the General Assembly will break up into groups of about ten people for a closer discussion of particular issues, before each group feeds back a summary of their discussion for everybody to hear. This is a highly constructive process, where fresh concerns are raised and new proposals are created.
Everybody expects the processes surrounding the General Assembly to be democratic, transparent, and accountable. Everybody is welcome to attend and contribute to the activities of the assembly and GA planning meetings, or simply observe.
If you’re interested to create your own General Assembly, check out the Occupy London’s Toolkit for Occupy Everywhere which was produced for the day of action on December 15th.
Archive of schedule of assemblies and proposals.