Wednesday, Nov. 20 Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

Our next lively conversation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 PM, in our usual haven (Hovland 104 on the OSU campus). We’ll do something a little different for this next gathering. We have been reading far and wide for two years now (our on-going conversations began in November of 2011, at the height of the Occupy movement). Our basic guiding theme has been “What is to be done?” – how do movements grow, what analyses are useful, etc. We’ve explored a range of writings, from outside the U.S. as well as within and at the borders, and there have been enduring themes. Once again we’ll turn to the theme of organizing and action, and the principles that might be useful as we consider these. In that vein, I’d like to propose that our next readings be from this wonderfully rich and imaginative site (which all activists should know about): (“Beautiful Trouble: A toolbox for Revolution”)

When you get to this page, scroll down a little past the ads for the book “Beautiful Trouble” (which comes in a cheap pocket-size edition, but all of which you can find on-line at this site). On the right hand side you’ll see the heading “Toolbox,” and under that the themes Tactics, Principles, Theories, Case Studies, and Practitioners.  There’s a lot of experience, imagination, and good ideas throughout. While there’s a lot worthwhile to explore, we should focus on a set of readings for our Wednesday gathering.

So let’s do this, if everyone is cool with it: click on “Principles” within the toolbox. It will take you to 52 links, each associated with a different “principle” of organizing/ strategy/ action. Each link will give you access you to a fuller meditation on a particular principle. Let’s each of us choose to read _three_ out of the 52 for our gathering on Wednesday. Choose whatever three “principles” pique your curiosity and interest. The readings are not long.

If the “Principles’ section does not rock your boat, you can of course also choose a tactic, case study or theory as one of your three readings from “Beautiful Trouble.” Explore the site, and bring us whatever provoked, inspired, or tantalized!

When we meet, we’ll talk about what we discovered. It will be fun to learn from each other this way, and see which three principles each of us investigate. See you Wednesday!