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At a time when so many are so clear that the current system is not working—what might? Is it already happening? There’s more information about OurGoods.org at their website and you don’t have to be officially ordained as an “artist” to join it.
At the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), our approach has been to help nonprofit organizations develop the financial capacity to keep providing the programming their missions demand. The end goal of this work is the facilitation of social change, but the approach demands an initial focus on the welfare of individual organizations. But what if we approached the question from another angle? What if we started by focusing on the needs of whole communities and then asked what resources individuals and organizations - including nonprofits - could provide to fulfill those needs?
SolidarityNYC has worked to "challenge the social justice movement to take up grassroots economic community development" as a way of building solidarity and concrete alternatives to capitalism.
becoming the change we want to bring to the world

A core operating principle and some corollaries for the Occupy movement

 a number of commentaries on OWS and beyond that I found especially good

Some economists really get it and they are putting their names and reputations on the line

I hope the Emma Goldman in Gornick’s mind’s eye wasn’t the original Emma Goldman

The need to move beyond protest is urgent and long-term

 

Five indicators that the OCCUPY Movement could be a major turn in history
A movement built on the idea that everyone can speak for themselves is so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation that it has flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left
States cannot, by their nature, ever truly be democratic. They are, after all, basically ways of organizing violence.
The biggest obstacle the Occupy Movement is up against is not the 1%.
Navy Veteran Confronts Police about Violence against Vets at Occupy Santa Barbara
 The first three links discuss the amazing success of #OWS. The last one zeroes in on four questions regarding its future.

 
"I decided I didn't want to wake up in the morning fighting capitalism anymore. I wanted to wake up thinking about how to create something new."

-Julie Graham

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the need for a story for deep social change Part 1 is here.

 If to change ourselves is to change our worlds, and the relation is reciprocal, then the project of history making is never a distant one but always right here, on the borders of our sensing, thinking, feeling, moving bodies.
--J.K. Gibson-Graham

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