First Thursday Chat. Occupy Chicago!
I will try to join you for your Dadamac etherpad chat today, Thursday,
at 14.00 GMT 15.00 Nigerian and London time, 17.00 East Africa Time, New
York 10.00, Chicago 9.00 for approximately one hour
We all worked so wonderfully on the Pyramid of Peace
http://www.pyramidofpeace.net to avert genocide in Kenya in 2008. I'm now
surprised to be dedicating myself to something similar here in Chicago.
Today I went to Occupy Chicago for the fifth time. When I first went, I
was impressed that people there are truly caring that our system is flawed
overall, and not so concerned about particular issues. However, I noticed
that most people weren't getting included in a way that would make the
most of them. The online groups made that all the more clear, especially
because they generally don't have public archives. I brought this up with
some of the most active organizers and I realized that they were swamped.
They encouraged me to be as bold as I can be in organizing volunteers.
I'm therefore setting up http://www.occupyme.net I appreciate any help
we might provide in creating and staffing a responsive online space for
supporting volunteers, much as we did with Pyramid of Peace. I'm
starting tomorrow by setting up PmWiki. I'm focusing on Occupy Chicago
but certainly we can support sites across the US and the world.
Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@..., (773) 306-3807
I'm taking initiative to help people get more involved in Occupy Chicago.
The more leadership we show, the more opportunity we open up for others to
be leaders, as well.
I spoke with Todd, with Sarah Wittford and with Mark Banks, and they all
agreed that any such initiative we show is much appreciated.
I've started to set up http://www.occupyme.net I invite help especially
from anybody who would like to help online as website builders, online
networkers and onsite liaisons. I'll be setting up a wiki.
Lots of people are coming with great ideas. I want to help us embrace and
support them. Some examples include:
* Zax and Serena brought up the Chicago Marathon
* Tieg and others are setting up a library
It's important that the committee group correspondence be publicly
visible. This can be done without revealing people's emails. Public
archives allow people to link to our efforts and help others find them.
They create a culture of inclusion and quick integration of all our best
I include below a letter of Sarah's that we take initiative!
I think we need to be careful about Bureaucracy. In the past two days
since this google group has started I've read a lot about what people want
to do and people afraid to step forward and do it. So I have a proposal.
If you want to make flyers and go in a neighborhood- do it. If you want
to go stand on an el and talk to the entire el full of people about the
movement, do it.
In my humble opinion, the only things that should go to general committee
are things that affect everyone, like spending the Occupy Chicago funds
for flyers or buying printers or having other organizations join in
solidarity with ours.
I also think we do need to work out some sort of worksheet of who we have
organized, but honestly, who cares. If ten different people call the same
group ten different times, then maybe they will realize we are serious and
Let's not get caught in bureaucracy and get some direct action going out
here. That's what I've been doing since Day 1. So don't get caught up in
the details or in the committees. Just go out there and outreach with
people, talk to people, flyer areas. In my opinion, you do not need
permission to do any of these things and if we, as a group decide that we
need permission to do this, then it will make our mission one thousand
That is just my opinion.
P.S.- Remember we are a not a political group, we can not allow this to
be used for any political agendas and we need to be careful about other
organizations coming into our movement and trying to distort our message.
Reminder: You are invited to October 6th First Thursday
I'm happy to say that William Wambura has already been to the link for
October First Thursday to say that he hopes to be with us.
On 29 September 2011 21:31, Pamela McLean <pamela.mclean@...> wrote:
October 6th - You are invited to First Thursday - even if you have
never joined us there before.
Time - main session is a bit later than it used to be - 14.00 GMT
15.00 Nigerian and London time, 17.00 East Africa Time, New York
10.00 for approximately one hour (the main session s the time I plan
to be here and will help people to get to know each other and agree
topics for discussion.)
For your local time see The World Clock – Time Zone Converter
Joining in - All you need to do is click on the link for First
Thursday October 2011
http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/October-First-Thursday - no need
for any logging in. The link is open from now on, so you can go and
get familiar with the space beforehand. Full instructions are there.
What happens? If you visit First Thursday September 2011
http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/September-First-Thursday you can
see what happened last time.
By the way - I am still experimenting with etherpads, so I do want to
know about any problems that people have. If you do have any
difficulty joining First Thursday please send me an email at
pamela.mclean@... so we can explore the problem together
I look forward to meeting up with you on October 6th.