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OccupyResearch

This is an open, shared space for distributed research focused around OccupyWallStreet / OccupyTogether. We are sharing ideas, research questions, research methods, tools, datasets, and later working to gather, analyze, discuss, write, code, and otherwise develop the theory and practice of occupy research together.

Why do we need to Occupy Research? There are many possible answers to this question.

In a broad sense: we need to Occupy Research because knowledge is power – or at least, knowledge can be used to build and maintain, as well as to upset, power. It’s important for the 99% to do our own research, because otherwise research becomes something that is driven by the questions of the 1%, uses the methods of the 1%, and is something that is done TO the 99%, with or without our consent.

More practically, various camps are setting up Research Working Groups for various reasons, including:

  • gaining a better understanding of who is participating in Occupy, who is not participating, and why;
  • learning from each other, including studying and learning about the ideas, strategies, tactics, and practices of other Occupations, as well as learning from other social movements that have come before us or that exist alongside us;
  • providing research support for the needs of the occupiers and for the broader movement of those who support them;
  • engaging in movement-based research about the camps (taking a census, surveying participants in the camp or visitors to it, interviewing occupiers using a shared semi-structured interview guide, researching what other camps or local movement groups are doing and bringing back best practices, and so on),
  • spreading research skills, tools, and methods to more and more members of the 99%!

http://occupyresearch.wikispaces.com/

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14 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. I communicate here an issue — severe fooling of the people by the ‘establishment’.

    This will clean the big con. Please consider action.
    “Condemn venal journalism for severely fooling the people” at
    http://occupywallst.org/forum/condemn-venal-journalism-for-severely-fooling-the-/

  2. Oakland here…day of eviction. As a supporter, and a big booster-talking about it to the Middle classes on the sidelines, I can tell you exactly in bullet points, what is keeping a good broad class of people away.

    these points have been made over and over again, to our local call in public radio shows. Each time, the Occupy reps on air brush these points aside.
    and they are brought up again..
    and so, a month after a beautiful beginning…an energy and experience I will never forget for it’s rarity in life..
    even I feel that the camp needed “to go” in that it had become a paranoid militant core who was becoming alienated from the community.
    This is not to “blame” it is just to say for lessons to be learned, and progress to be made at the next level, we have to get real with ourselves.

    Where can I submit these boiled down points please? I don’t want to use the incorrect forum, in part because I want them to be heard!

    But at least…we need neighborhood GAs…in Oakland..next week. THAT will bring in the broad middle!!!
    I will start one in my neighborhood, if I am guided as to how.

    thank you thank you thank you!!!

  3. Hi there,
    I just joined and I would like to know how to make an idea gift to the organization. It’s an internet idea I am sure will change things and bring something real beside just protesting.

    Thank you

    Herve

  4. i wanna occupy nigeria…..heart of africa……am so serious..i need help…i started a student coalition on climate change already…so u see whr am comming from

  5. I have been unable 2 camp but have been actively promoting&discussing movement with my students. I teach in a school for children of the 1% as well as in one of the most impoverished schools in chicago. Students in both spaces are interested in supporting movement but unsure how….what are a couple of ways high school students can get involved?

    • As everybody they can start to participate to the assemblies and contribute to working group projects :)

  6. Hello, Anyone interested in contributing to the growing research on OWS, Please help and take this survey http://www.kwiksurveys.com?s=ONLJNM_62574f07.

  7. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/50500650/yourtopia-your%20official%20final%20beginning.pdf

    O.K. So I have already posted this twice, and I’m doing it again…lol… unlike my friend above who also wasn’t sure where to post… I simply posted in all the places I thought it was relevant rather than not at all (I hope I’m not gonna get in trouble,lol), and, like my other friend above I too have an idea gift….

    I hope this finds you all in harmony and peace.

    Chris

  8. I’d like to comment on this article with no intention greater than to find out and maybe help people in the right Direction. The bottom line problem is not the banks, it’s not corporate greed. It’s #1 the federal reserve. The federal reserve is an independent entity who’s government regulations are almost nil. They control the money flow, they control the loans, they control the banks, and they control the machine. They control everything in this country. We abolished a central banking system 2 different times in our history NOT including the abolishment of the central bank in England printing and controlling our own monetary system. If we rid our country of the Federal Reserve bank we accomplish many different tasks in doing so. #1 we would no longer have money loaned to our own government at interest thus diminishing our countries debt. Now if you use the trickle down theory in this method it would then help regulate and lower ALL american debt by eliminating the need for an income tax… (which is un-apportioned and constitutionally offensive in the first place)… Secondly… It would also take out lobbiests who do nothing more than bribe our politicians with money to pass laws that are beneficial to them and the corporations they represent. Thirdly, it would encourage american businesses to bring back the outsourced jobs from over seas to fuel our new economic stand-point in hopes it will succeed beyond anyones expectations….This whole lack of leadership for the occupy movement is frustrating because it has some serious potential if people would just get off their asses and stand up…. stop sitting there saying “oh it’s all the way over there… it’s not happening here” It’s not happening here because your not MAKING it happen! there WILL be sacrifices… there WILL be collateral damage…. in ANY movement since the beginning of time there has been peace at first, then force to remove the peaceful, and then violent uprising by the people to stand up and be heard by the masses….. stop being lazy… if you are a patriot… call yourself a patriot and are a TRUE patriot… then you will stand up! stop sitting quietly on the sidelines while your country gets raped! The peaceful protesters are being handle aggressively because they are loosely congregated… there is no authority within the ranks thus everyone is screaming with no one to lead the chants! I’m not saying answer with violence… I’m saying get it together and become one voice… not just a bunch of different frequencies fighting over the same ear!

  9. Has anyone developed an on sight occpyers? Looking for a total count across the world or Nation (USA)

    Thank you!

  10. Hi,

    1a. You need a focal point and spokespeople to prioritise your message. You must show the issues transparently so that the people understand the fight and why they should join in( For me it is World Poverty and equalising third world nations to our own level of social structure, to someone else its the environment, to someone else it’s local social security, to someone else its health…etc)

    1b. You have lots of support but… Which site do I follow? Which Twitter page? Where do I discuss my points? Is it here where the movement formally took hold or should it be a national or global occupy website? I believe the movement really began with the Arab Spring and Egypt’s martyrs. Therefore shouldn’t we ensure that our brothers in the middle East are given a focal platform too.
    With no leadership there is no direction and the movement will continually go round in circles. This is why Vietnam opposition took 3 years before 50% of Americans got behind it. You need to grab the attention of all Occupy twitter, fb, Google+, Websites etc. have a common and centralised meeting ground where a negotiated message of direction is formulated.

    2. You need to fight fire with fire by getting political. Attach to other bodies that support the greater good and get representation. You have a huge support base at the moment. Don’t lose it by losing focus!!! Push for fair representation. In the very least you will break up the vote and other politicians will sway towards marginals to booster their own campaigns.

    3. You need financial backing. But you need to be selective as to where the money comes from otherwise you will be slaughtered in the media. The fat cat corporations will either throw weight to block your voice or to corrupt your basis. Be transparent with all funding. VERY TRANSPARENT.

    4a. Transparency is key in ALL areas, particularly your ‘manifesto’, but also funding, leadership, followers, opposition and target specific business, banks corporation who are damning the world by feeding themselves. If you ran the country what would you do about it? Would you cap profit? Cap the rich? And what is acceptable wealth? Would you incriminate past exploitation and corruption on a global scale and how would those punishments take shape? What about issues like oil dumping, or mis-selling products or even conspiracies such as 9/11?

    4b. Transparency needs to be transparent! What I mean is the language you use and the formats, displays, layouts you use NEEDS to be very easily understood and accessible. It’s no good discussing issues using ‘university English’ or have a format website that resembles the FT or a minefield of information. If you want to grab the majority of the country and the world, you MUST appeal to the mass audience. The masses did not go to college and NEED to understand what you are talking about before they switch off through boredom.

    4c. Hold your hand up if you pursued the wrong direction or backing. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to say ‘ We got this wrong’ or We’re no longer pursuing this direction because…’. Humility and honesty is admirable. Even a movement is ‘human’ and people respect that. And be careful who you ally with. They could be infiltrating and sabotaging your operation from within.

    Finally, just a thought regarding short term tactics. OCCUPY has done great job delivering awareness on so many levels. Even mainstream media are ‘outting’ corporations and banks through documentaries etc. But the OCCUPY tactic needs to progress.

    I feel that targetting a corporation or a particularly vile business on a monthly or even weekly basis could be great. Highlight who they are, why they are so vile and encourage the world to BOYCOTT that company. ‘Outting’ through a global-public watchdog would be amazing if you get it right. You can absolutely hammer a company and by doing so put fear into others. This could die a death or grow and grow before you are hitting corrupt banks and even the political parties.

    Sorry this is long winded. I will attach and articulate this thread with more structured language on my blog. I wish you all the very best of luck in changing our global social-economic structure. One that is based on debt and suffering for the betterment of a few in the West. Power to the people and Good Luck.

    http://philosophical-ranter.blogspot.com/
    Twitter @godfather_cwq

  11. So who is your actual leader? And why must I give my name when all of you seem to operate in almost total obscurity. Also why would any reasonable person think it would be a good idea to occupy places like Lake Port, Ca and Ft. Bragg, CA. Most people do not even know these places exist much less go there. And why would you occupy and protest some poor small business like a local tire company out in the middle of know where. Also that same local tire company only employ’s local people. Is this not what you want for change? To have more local small businesses instead of large corporate greed? What did this poor man do to you guys? Hell he probably did not even know that you existed before you tried to ruin his business. I just need answers that make sense if you want me to support you in any way.
    Dominica

  12. http://bit.ly/rpmxJE – As promised

    1. You need a focal point and spokespeople to prioritise your message. You must show the issues transparently so that the people understand the fight and why they should join in (For me it is World Poverty and equalising third world nations to our own level of social structure, to someone else its the environment, to someone else it’s local social security, to someone else its health…etc). Make no demands but PRIORITISE THE MESSAGES

    2. You have lots of support but… Which site do I follow? Which Twitter page? Where do I discuss my points? Is it here where the movement formally took hold or should it be a national or global occupy website? I believe the movement really began with the Arab Spring and Egypt’s martyrs. Therefore shouldn’t we ensure that our brothers in the middle East are given a focal platform too. With no leadership there is no direction and the movement will continually go round in circles. This is why Vietnam opposition took 3 years before 50% of Americans got behind it. You need to grab the attention of all Occupy twitter, fb, Google+, Websites etc., have a common and centralised meeting ground where a negotiated message of direction is formulated. So COMMON FOCAL POINT

    3. You need to fight fire with fire by getting onto the political stage. Attach other bodies that support the greater good (Global charities, civil liberty groups, selected media, environmentalist, philanthropist, humanist, unionist, disillusioned politicians, student unions – this list is endless) and get representation. You have a huge support base at the moment. Don’t lose it by losing focus!!! Push for fair representation in government – globally if possible. In the very least you will break up the vote and other politicians will sway towards marginals to booster their own campaigns. Remember too how popular the Green Party became a number of years back throughout Europe. They even got elected. This could really work globally, if you can get professional. So make no demands but gain REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT

    4. If you ran the country what would you do about the points you are fighting against? Would you cap profit? Cap the rich? And what is acceptable wealth? How would you manage change? Have you solutions while you are dismantling empires? Would you incriminate past exploitation and corruption on a global scale and how would those punishments take shape? What about issues like oil dumping, or mis-selling products or even conspiracies such as 9/11? So OPEN AND PROGRESSIVE MANIFESTO

    5.You need financial backing. But you also need to be selective as to where the money comes from otherwise you will be slaughtered in the media, politicians and by social critics. The fat cat corporations will either throw weight to block your voice or to corrupt your basis. Be transparent with all funding and canvass hard from everywhere you can gain support ethically. So ETHICAL FUNDING

    6. Transparency is key in ALL areas, particularly your manifesto and funding, leadership and supporters. But also in your ‘Common Focal Point’ you also need to be transparent towards who you oppose and to target specific businesses, banks and corporations who are damning the world by feeding themselves. Targeting a corporation or a particularly vile business on a monthly or even weekly basis is educational as long as it is honest. Share this focus with the world and suggest the actions. CLEAR AND FOCUSSED ACTION AGAINST GREED, INEQUALITY AND FAIRNESS, WORLDWIDE.

    7. Transparency needs to be transparent! What I mean by this is the language you use, the formats, the displays, the layouts. They need to be very easily understood and accessible. Simplistic and clear. It’s no good discussing issues using ‘university English’ or have a format website that resembles the FT or a minefield of information. If you want to grab the majority of the country and of the world, you MUST appeal to the mass audience. The masses did not go to college and NEED to understand what you are talking about before they switch off through boredom. TRANSPARENCY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

    8. Hold your hand up if you pursued the wrong direction or backing. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to say ‘ We got this wrong’ or We’re no longer pursuing this direction because…’. Humility and honesty is admirable. Even a movement is ‘human’ and people respect that. And be careful who you ally with. They could be infiltrating and sabotaging your operation from within. So HUMILITY AND HONESTY

    9. Finally, regarding tactics for progression from an Activist. ‘Occupy’ has done great job delivering awareness on so many levels. Even mainstream media are ‘outting’ corporations and banks through documentaries etc. But the Occupy tactics needs to progress. Highlight who they are, highlight why they are so vile and encourage the world to BOYCOTT that company. ‘Outting’ through a global-public watchdog would be amazing if you get it right. You can absolutely hammer a company and by doing so put fear into others. This could die a death or grow and grow like never before. If successful you will hit corrupt global banks and even the political parties. OUTTING AND BOYCOTTING

    If you like this blog please also read http://philosophical-ranter.blogspot.com/2011/11/open-letter-to-enemy-of-progression.html Please now everybody go off and Occupy CNN and Fox. Make no demands, because that WONT make a change. I hope you will. I wish all of you who are actively involved in some way, the very best of luck in changing our globally corrupt social-economic structures which are based on debt and suffering for the betterment of a few. Power to the people and Good Luck.

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