Contact Person: Chithra
Contact email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, @ethicaldemocracy
This is a proposal for General Assembly [GA]. Date 02/18/12
Proposal: Discuss Process & Content Issues facing Vision&Goal WG. Compare with Problems
of Transparency, Inclusiveness, that were encountered recently in GA, in Finance/Accounting.
My analysis is no OWS group can proceed fruitfully to deliver momentum and success for
our movement, unless we are inclusive, unless we actively support divergent viewpoints and
perspectives. Make it real.
I stopped attending the V&G WG, after 3 attendances. Many others have also stopped attending
these meetings, not only V& G, but some other WGs as well. This should be a matter of concern
to ALL of us who have been inspired to become part of the OWS global megawave.
1. Processes of inclusiveness are not developed, instead there is a growing tendency to
become exclusionary. Remember, that is the problem with the 1% we are fighting!
2. Content before the V&G WG, is summarily rejected/ excluded/ internally blocked,
producing tunnel vision rather than diverse vision(s). Despite claims of being “crowd
sourced” there was evidence at the last GA, that even friendly amendments were rejected
with weak explanations by the group.
3. The group dynamic of V&G WG is one of “circle the wagons”, become defensive,
become rejecting, become closed-minded, become manipulative, adopt a cookie-cutter
uniformity. One size does NOT fit all. Again, this is reminiscent of the groupiness that
developed at the intersection of Washington&Wall.
In my view the 4-month long problems facing the V&G group can be compared with the
transparency and inclusiveness problems facing Finance/Accounting, at which Janet Wilson was
pretty much shut down.
Q. Should we in any WG or GA shoot the messenger, instead of welcoming the messenger and
including the messenger and the message? Inconvenient truths help US move forward.
1. Invite and do not impede, GA members who bring forward many diverse perspectives to
be actively represented in many versions of Vision. We need an Artists’ Vision & Goals
from so many creative arts and crafts persons, musicians, who have joined our movement
and come daily to 60 Wall and Equality Park on Liberty Plaza. We need an Anarchists’
Vision & Goals doc. If Women want to speak in their own voice, they can produce
their own doc. Environmentalists can develop their own vision. Nobody can be stopped
from having a vision that inspires themselves and some others who share that ideal. You
cannot dream for me!
2. Diverse content as enumerated in #1, needs diverse, open process. Open it up! Everyone
has a right to dream and imagine how they will move forward to secure success for the
99% as WE struggle to dismantle the 1%, so that WE can become the 100% in a new
world order based on FAIRNESS.