What’s Your Occupation?

Peter JonesHuman Values, Media Ecology, Social Innovation

We have been working with Occupy Toronto for a few weeks now, and have even ramped up the engagement since the camp came down mid-week.

Grad students and even president Sara Diamond from OCAD University have been involved , along with the Design Exchange, with two major community events located (ironically enough) in the deco-era original Toronto Stock Exchange.

The goals of these sessions have been to evolve a common framing and voice for (meaning “with”) the diffuse and diverse core members of the movement.

What we seem to be missing are the connections between similar events in other Occupy communities. Pay attention to the shift of medium here – Occupy is an emerging and embodied social medium for civil change. It is not like the Arab Spring or other social media narratives. This is embodied (situated in place) and broadcasted (livecast) and not tweeted and FB’d to organize.

People are working things out F2F – not online – its a classic McLuhan media transformation in the making.