Two groups of protesters—one originating in Midtown’s Bryant Park and another from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood—are converging in Union Square, Manhattan. From Union Square, the protesters are latching onto New York’s traditional May Day parade that continues on into the Financial District. In Madison Square Park on 23rd Street, sympathetic college professors from New York University, CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia University are holding “teach-ins”—classes held outdoors in the park as to contravene NYPD regulations. All the classes are open to the public and a speaker list is available here [PDF].
Although the book is geared towards the activist community, many of the tactics and ideologies discussed lend themselves to startups—and even the corporate world—quite easily. At various points in the book, “creative disruptions,” publicity stunts, mediajacking, balancing art and message, and the importancestaying on message, are all discussed. Some sections of the book, such as “Putting Your Target In A Decision Dilemma,” and “Simple Rules Can Have Grand Results,” even fit in perfectly with the corpus of business leadership literature.
Embracing Occupy Wall Street means embracing the language of the 99 percent—even when you’re filing for a super PAC. Today, an election lawyer tipped us off to a Federal Election Commission filing for a brand new super PAC: The Occupy Wall Street Political Action Committee. It’s the type of document that’s typically stuffy and technical, but less so when the treasurer of the super PAC is an Occupy organizer. Note the mailing address.
It looks like a high school prank but the committee’s treasurer John Paul Thornton promises us it’s anything but. ”We’re utterly serious,” he says. A data technician in Decator, Alabama, Thornton says he’s an active member in his state’s Occupy movement, contacting state representatives and city council-members, participating in weekly general assembly meetings, and saying active in his local branch’s private and public online forums.
The Occupy Movement is #7 on our list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Is it strange that we put this movement on a list next to businesses such as Square and Google? Read the entry to find out what #ows has in common with a startup.
This video about the designers behind Occupy George is a little something we made on the side, hope you like it.
Months after the first protesters arrived in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street continues to fuel tech innovation. Several weeks ago, #OWS sympathizers created a “People’s Skype”; meanwhile, a hackathon held this weekend uncovered previously unknown parallels with the Arab Spring. These developments are just the latest in a string of new products and tools that have come out of the movement.
Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street’s Live Stream
The best ground view of Occupy Wall Street has been through the lenses of a video phone-wielding former skateboarder and a one-time Realtor, aka Tim Pool and Henry Ferry of The Other 99. The media startup is already beating Fox, CBS, CNN, NBC, and others to many of the stories. They might soon have a better aerial view, too.
The overwhelming sentiment expressed by the occupiers: This changes nothing. They said they may find another spot (although that was proving difficult after eviction from a backup location). Or they may be physically disbanded. But it was hard to find anyone who said he thinks the movement will break up.
An organization called the Free Network Foundation has equipped Occupy Wall Street and two other Occupy protests with secure communications towers. Now the organization is leading a fundraising drive so others can enjoy secure networks.
How do you create change? Matt Damon says a big part of it is about taking ownership, individually and collectively. A lot of this advice could be applied to today’s political climate as well. Take 30 seconds and see for yourself.