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#OccupyDC adopts consensus [Oct. 5th, 2011|11:40 pm]
A few of us are at the #OccupyDC General Assembly, witnessing the assembly adopt consensus as its decision-making process.

We strain to hear the participants. Cars come and go honking their support, heartwarming and ear-splitting. Clearly many here are well-versed in consensus, but they are cutting no corners. Someone compliments the facilitators on their respect for freedom of expression and asks for a similar respect for time. Shortly thereafter the consensus process is adopted by a sea of twinkles and we hoot and holler.

The slow process continues. There is a call for concerns, standasides, and blocks on the question of how much time to spend discussing the hot question of the last few days: how to handle relations between #OccupyDC and the October 2011 group. That discussion is passionate and generous: these folks are from DC; most of October 2011 is not. That truth is spoken. As is the truth that goals of the two movements are the same.

We're not DC residents either, so we witness. The meeting is awkward, long, and slow. And it touches the heart. The care taken here, and the patience of the assembly with that care, with each other, is an opening to a better world.

[User Picture]From: bellamagic
2011-10-06 03:49 am (UTC)

Blessed be. Thousands are planning to attend in Austin. I've kicked in funds for distributed tech & wireless access for the protest.

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