Making Waves #24 Autumn 2012
The Occupy movement spread like wildfire since the camp was set up in Wall Street in September 2011. And it didn't come out of nowhere. Whilst Occupy has now gone from the transient gaze of mainstream media, much is still being done. We have learned more about the whole system that has led us to and continues to govern our current multiple crises. And we have learned more about ourselves. It does feel like a spirit is moving across the world.
This issue of Making Waves tries to capture a tiny part of this: we look at Occupy actions past and present; personal stories about the challenges of egalitarian groups, and sustaining ourselves. Always we need our success stories and to acknowledge our wise elders, like Walter Wink and Gene Sharp, and we include these too.
We encourage you, if you don't already, to make alternative media like Indymedia and MAking Waves a habit alongside any mainstream news you might take in.
page 2, The Occupy movement and the womenof Greenham Common - draws out the parallels between the generations of Occupy and describes the specific context of the occupation in the 1980s around the US military base.
page 3, Occupy Uhuru, Freedom Park - describes the celebrated Green Belt action in Nairobi in 1992, led by Wangari Maathai.
page 4, 50 shades of listening -a personal account of Occupy London, focusing on the decision-making process, its challenges and requirements for new ways of listening.
page 5, Healing ourselves, healing our groups, healing the world - a personalreflection of how we might live out in our groups the positive future we are fighting for.
page 6, Sustaining activism and recovering from burnout - Kathryn Tulip from Seeds for Change collective talks from her experience.
page 8, Taking play seriously - a reasoned plea for more playful approaches to learning and training.
page 10, Turning the Tide's year long course, Huddersfield - a report from one of the participants.
page 11, Service for justice and peace - a report on a significant event in Hexham.
page 12, How to start a revolution - review of a documentary about nonviolent action academic, Gene Sharp.
page 13, Book reviews - "Unbowed, one woman's story" (Wangari Maathai); "Counterpower" (Tim Gee).
page 14, Walter Wink (1935-2012) - an appreciation.
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