Reinder in Maastricht, the Netherlands to James at Occupy Finsbury Square London
December 4th, 2011
James, Matt, Anna, Elles, Bram, and all people that it may concern, here some new ideas for making progress ...
Mixed messages come from and about Occupy. Support for Demotech work is not granted. Some people in Occupy block funding of this work and travel done on behalf of ideas sprouting from Occupy. Some money is allocated, but about half of the cost still has to be agreed upon by the GA.
The big problem -not only for Occupy- is the get consensus on projects still in an imaginary state. Projects that people may like, but can not really completely picture. Even when demonstrated in reality (like the DemoUnits in London), the feeling of being unsure lingers on. And blocks participation.
Very understandable, it is one of the consequences of Direct Democracy. Yet, we want progress. There are very inspiring options in development of technology that would fit Occupy perfect. Our first success is the DemoUnits. The second success could be the small stove to make the tents habitable during the winter. And there is much more already that we discussed that could be done.
Dreams to be killed in Direct Democracy? Let's explore ways to gain freedom, financially and program-wise.
There is a need to think about new roads to go ahead. I like to draw up a list of ideas and everybody is invited to add up to it.
1. Who should fund the DemoUnits and has an interest in them?
They are there in London now, now there are people who are well trained to make more DemoUnits and/or to instruct others to make DemoUnits.
The need for Crowd Communication is clear: the recent austerity measures ask for an answer and the population has to be mobilized for an alternative.
Who is in charge of efforts to mobilize? Which political party, which unions, what other social movements? When we indicate such groups and find their contact persons, then we can address them with a clear message: Lots of Result with Little Cost (compared to all other means that they already use). We offer to construct DemoUnits for them, when they sponsor us.
Matt and James can bring together the activists from Occupy they trust for their ability to work it out.
2. Matt and James did a good job in training a group of people in Maastricht (Frietjes Meeting) in a very short time in using the Direct Democracy Sign Language . They could continue to do so in invited and paid-for workshops.
3. Matt and James could come over to the Netherlands. With Maastricht as a base they could give the same workshop also in the Netherlands. A big percentage of meetings of all types of organizations is ineffective and people are desperate for doing it better. Consultants make big money out of that. Little doubt that in the Netherlands a start could be made.
4. Matt and James would be very welcome at Demotech to work on the many projects that the Occupy movement needs so much. Shelter and heating now for the present Occupy camps. But also a creditable answer to poverty. The three of us can speed up concrete action on a number of stagnating Demotech projects: effective stoves, water storage in 3W-villages, the rope pump, the hydraulic water ram, reading light for study: the NightReader, then very important for the West and poor countries: good eco-sanitation.
Matt and James already know their way around at Demotech. Staying at Demotech could be at no cost and reasonable comfort as they already experieced and that can still be made better. Some income for their contribution could come from yes: Occupy London, more direct from Anna's parties, as little is needed, it should be doable. But income as described in point 3. is most easy and assured to get.
5. More ideas are welcome!
For now I just mail this to the people that got my recent mails on the Occupy subject.
I look forward to your response.