The Future of Occupy
The Future of Occupy monthly gatherings have ceased for the forseeable future!
This is how they were advertised:
The Future of Occupy gatherings are a full day of vision, strategy and/or training held once a month usually on a Sunday from around noon till 6pm.
Occupy London activists have identified a need for Occupy London to have meetings indoors (!) to nut out strategy , learn more about how to be effective activists and deepen our bonds in a physical space to inspire trust and reliability.
These meetings, also known as our Strategy Meetings can include but are not limited to strategy discussion, educational workshops on topics such as the Global Commons, Non Violent Communication, Website training, presentations from guests from outside campaigns and more.
The gatherings are open to all and are a great way to find out whats going on and how you can get involved in this exciting global movement. So please do not be shy!
What happened to the Future of Occupy Meetings?
By Inka Stafrace 14th May 2014
The Future of Occupy (FoO) meetings ceased because the gatherings, which were transparent, open to all and well advertised, resolved to introduce a different decision making model in Occupy. This was blocked at the first GA in over a year, ironically initiated by the FoO group themselves. The participants of FoO who truly, madly, deeply believed that a move away from the current decision making model is utterly necessary for the advancement of Occupy (after 7 months of meeting and three months of hot internal debate on this one issue) lost the will to continue active participation in FoO, after every avenue was exhausted to pass their “3GA Model”. Interestingly enough the most vocal people against this model almost all lived outside London and have not actively participated in any Occupy London activities from over a year.
The bitter disappointment needs to be healed.
By October 2013, when FoO had its first meeting, Occupy had been somewhat dormant from up to a year. Although the Economics and the EEE working groups had kept meeting; the website was still being maintained; the contacts with the press were still being responded to; the Frien Barnet Occupy crew had reaped some success – Occupy as a whole was not meeting. FoO addressed this hole in our movement and re-energized many occupiers into believing in the power of Occupy again.
This is the pain of activism. I write as a source of release but also in the hope that utter transparency may lead to people learning more about activism’s pitfalls so as to develop saftey nets to avoid such impossible situations as the one we faced. By honouring our ideology we have compromised our ability to achieve our purpose.
Currently the activists who were involved in the FoO meetings are still involved in Occupy and are awaiting a moment when the time is right to advance Occupy into a space where it can grow and develop. For now this has been compromised.
Update September 2014: Occupy Parliament and the Putney Debates in October and November are promising events to watch out for and become actively involved in!!
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