Occupy And After: Civil Society & Democracy

Western democracy is facing a crisis of both legitimacy and confidence. Faith in politicians is at an all time low and turnout at elections has continuously fallen since the mid twentieth century.

At the same time as parliamentary democracy has faced this crisis, community democracy has grown immensely. Single-issue pressure groups, community associations, campaign groups and global alliances have become a huge force in modern society.

The recent “occupy movement” was an illustration of the power of that movement and as in the “Arab Spring” social networking played a prominent part in its activities.

The relation of civil society to our democracy is now a central question for the democratic health of our societies. How can we link civil society democracy with parliamentary democracy effectively and is it at all possible. This is the subject of this meetup. To lead us in this discussion we have,

Mark Barrett is a democracy activist and supporter of Global Net 21. He campaigns for a common welfare economy or real ‘third way’ to be run democratically by a constitutionally empowered civil society, not state or private business.Following a campaign to preserve the right to protest and assemble in Westminster (through the power of the picnic) Mark co-wrote the C421 Campaign for a 21st Century Constitution statement: http://www.peopleincommon.org/archive/C421.html More recently he co-convened the People’s Assembly Network www.peoplesassemblies.org which promotes and supports real democracy through grassroots democratic assemblies worldwide. He was also Press Officer for the G20 protests in 2009, one of the founders of “Democracy Village” which occupied Parliament Square in 2010, and a co-organiser of the 2011 St Paul’s demonstration which became ‘Occupy London.’

George Por is an evolutionary thinker-activist and a strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government and civil society, in matters of culture change and sustaining the next level, innovation and resilience, and social media strategies.

He has been tracking the edge of innovation in electronic and social technologies for the last 30 years, and contributing to it, in the areas of collective intelligence, knowledge ecology, communities of practice, and personal mastery. He co-authored several books on related subjects and held Research Fellow positions at INSEAD and London School of Economics. With others he founded the School of Commoning aiming commons education to people, organizations, and communities, who can enhance their well-being by jointly cultivating and managing their common pool of resources, need to learn/discover/develop effective distinctions, tools and methods for doing so. The Commons is a rapidly growing social, cultural, and economic life form; supporting its development requires the development of new capabilities and perspectives, individual and collective.

Phillip Badger is the Communications Director for the Democratic Reform Party. Having grown up in Conservative Stratford-upon-Avon, Phillip rarely questioned the effectiveness of democracy. Since moving to London to study Politics at Goldsmiths College and having experienced working life at Westminster, he now believes there is a need to improve democracy and governance in the UK. Phillip also currently works for The Royal British Legion

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  • cliff B.

    Enjoyable discussion, well facilitated. Speakers & audience spoke clearly and well with well defined points of view. Good level of respect all round. Interesting and stimulating. I will return

    May 23, 2012

  • Patrick Iain C.

    Well worth the effort - a great series of interventions, formal ones, in the Q+A session and then informally. I learned tonnes of interesting stuff from interesting people. Thank you Francis.

    May 23, 2012

  • Francis S.

    Thanks to all those who attended and for the interesting and insightful discussions that took place. Very different atmosphere to our House of Commons meetings and one where people had a greater chance to discuss and follow a line or argument through. The contributions from the speakers and the floor was really good and there was lots of depth and understanding. Hope to follow this through with webinars and the first of these is next week on May 30th. Hope you can join us there.

    May 23, 2012

  • Patrick Iain C.

    "your" chance, I mean... the sub-editors should have caught that one.

    May 22, 2012

  • Patrick Iain C.

    Anyone fancy trying their hands at doing smartphone video reports at tonight's event? I aim to interview speakers and participants about what's discussed but need a budding camera operator and/or interviewer to hold up one end of a two-person job. We will use the visionOntv smartphone video template as explained here: http://visionon.tv/wiki/-/wiki/...­

    No previous experience necessary - this is you're chance to learn some citizen reporting skills on the hoof...

    May 22, 2012

  • Patrick Iain C.

    May I propose myself as an additional speaker at this event, even at this late stage. I am the author of Fraudcast News - How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies. (http://fraudcastnews.net/book­). The book addresses both the failing governance model that is Western representative democracy and the chronic lack of conventional media attention given over to that problem. The good news is that I have some suggested solutions. You can buy the book or get a free PDF at the address above.

    May 17, 2012

  • Technoshaman

    Dave, one thing that I may not protest is your assessment that I protest too much. :-) It would feel too much even to me, if it was not tempered by my unshakable optimism that a better world is not only possible but is on its way and worth living and working for it, as we, at the School of Commoning try to do, in a small way, when we present The Emergence of a Commons-based Economy seminar series http://bit.ly/AprMmu­ and build its Commons Economy toolkit http://bit.ly/ItW6WD­ .

    1 · May 2, 2012

  • Dave C.

    I think George Por (Technoshaman) protests too much ;-)

    May 2, 2012

  • Mark.J

    On May 1st RT posted this video "Occupy London: OWS fight has only just begun" Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?fe...­#!

    May 2, 2012

  • Technoshaman

    I accepted to be on the panel of this meet-up but strongly disagree with talking about Occupy in past tense, as the title and the reference to "The recent 'occupy movement' " suggest. Don't forget that this is a global movement that has just begun!

    3 · May 1, 2012

  • Neil M.

    I don't believe that democracy is an automatic birthright to those born and brought up in a democracy. It requires us to earn our democratic rights by active and responsible citizenship whereby citizens and the State work together through a consultative process to decide the future of a country. Both citizens and State need to be accountable to each other in a common partnership to keep the country going forward and to help it function. This is the democracy that I believe in and aspire to see.

    April 30, 2012

  • Mark.J

    ..of world citizens. In realizing this ontology for restoring the local and global communities through our commons, a new kind of collective value must arise. This social dynamic — emerging from the shared values and meanings of people’s life-experiences in the organization and production of their commons — includes but transcends the market and state, bringing people new forms of political power. "

    April 30, 2012

  • Mark.J

    Convened by a powerful line up of NGOs and think tanks our intent is to move the commons to the forefront of the national discussion about the way out of the unending crisis. James Quilligan, the speaker at the event introduces it:
    "Democratizing the Global Political Commons (7 May) describes the units and scales of political accountability that are necessary for post-liberal forms of multilateral cooperation, a new international economic system and the creation of a democratic confederation..

    April 30, 2012

  • Mark.J

    http://www.schoolofcommoning.co...­ --> is happening in a weeks time, the perfect partner to the above event that happens two weeks after. This is part of a larger commons series of seminars over 12 days from May 7th to May 18th see here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Common...­ --> and please support us if you feel what we are doing is important.

    April 30, 2012

  • Mark.J

    This is a very timely discussion. Thank you Mark and Phillip for being speakers at this event. I have been following, supporting and working with Occupy since November, from the particular perspective of the commons, and noticing the importance of these expressions of community democracy as early forms of political commons. Reclaiming our democracy for and by the people. Tying in with this event...

    April 30, 2012

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