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How Paul Hawken Anticipated Occupy Wall Street and the Rise of Leaderless Movements

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In the fall and winter of 2011 we saw police crackdowns, often clearing the Occupy encampments. How important is the occupation of the commons, in your view? Now that it seems to have brought the crises you cite in your book into the public imagination, does it lose momentum if it shifts into other formats? The Wall Street encampment was a suggestion and call to action by Kalle Lasn and Micah White of Adbusters in Vancouver. All successful protest movements adapt and change. The occupation of the commons was critical at the outset, but notice how the meme of “occupy” has scattered like spores into hundreds of different venues from ports to foreclosed homes and other countries. The verb occupy is active, so it has a thousand homes, not just Wall Street or a federal building. I saw a posting for Ocupar Tijuana the other day.

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