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Occupy the Commons

How the values of collaboration and sharing fuel the impact of Occupy protests

The #Occupy movements that spread across the nation this fall are taking citizen activism in a new direction—toward the commons. The protests create actual commons, shared public spaces that have become both a symbol and an example of the more cooperative, hopeful future that 99 percent of Americans want to see. That’s why these action have been able to shift the political debate by galvanizing public support for a more equitable economy.

And rather than an isolated band of protesters, the Occupy encampments depend on the continuing support of the broader community to keep going. And as filmmaker Kevin Hansen shows in this new video, occupiers are also experimenting with new forms of collaborative, commons-based, genuinely democratic decisionmaking based on mutual consensus and inclusiveness. And rather than an isolated band of protesters, the