Tag: occupy

  • Occupy Sandy’s FLO Databases

    Occupy Sandy’s FLO Databases

    Have you ever been working on a spreadsheet and found that you just couldn’t get all the information you wanted into it? Have you ever looked at the horizontal and vertical cells and wished there were—somehow—a third dimension that gave you the ability to define more stuff? Well, that’s what databases do: they provide you with a third dimension of information, making it possible for web applications to make data so useful. Occupy Sandy is fortunate to have access to a number of incredible database software “solutions.”

  • Why I Didn’t Participate in “Occupy vs. Tea Party”

    I was initially very excited to participate in “Occupy vs. Tea Party” because I viewed it as a platform to bring the two political movements together through dialogue. The confrontational framing of the “debate” seemed like an obstacle that could be overcome by focusing on problems upon which both “sides” seem to agree: the central banking cartel, the destruction of civil liberties, the disempowerment of the general public, etc.

  • The FLO Consensus: Author’s Cut

    Within the Occupy Movement and, from what I understand, in many of the social movements that preceded it, there has always been a conflict between the “revolutionaries” that want to create a crisis to first disrupt, and then destroy, the existing social order; and the “reformers” who want to take control of existing power structures and change society from “the inside”. Within the occupy landscape, the “revolutionaries” gravitate towards the language of “occupy” and “direct action” while the “reformers” gravitate towards the language of “99%” and “protest.” This essay is concerned with a third group within the occupy movement – a group rarely mentioned by the media and often discounted by the activists who spend their time doing the type of self-promotion that gets them on to panels. I’m referring to the “providers”: activists who invest their time and resources into providing services to individuals and groups within “the movement”.

  • The Gifting Experience

    An amazing gifting phenomenon emerged during the occupation of Zuccotti Park (Liberty Square) in which strangers spontaneously organized themselves to provide food and shelter to anyone in need.  This organic emergence of mass generosity flowered for two months amidst the … Continue reading

  • A little coverage

    I received three Google alerts involving my name this week. All were related to my work with Occupy Wall Street. Here they are, with a little commentary added by myself: “New Protest Apps Crowd-Sourced From Occupy Wall Street Hackers” by Tyler Kingkade. “Communities In Space: How Re-Framing Our Spaces Can Reshape Our Future” by Matt Cynamon. Then we have “BLOG: Creating an alternative currency for the #globalrevolution ‘alternative world’ borg” by Brenda J. Elliott. The article is somewhat inaccurate so I’ve written the following response. I’d have posted in the comment section of the article but it’s too long, so here it is.