It’s not the varied socioeconomic motivation behind Occupy Wall Street that gets me.
It’s the end result of community that does. I heard one participant use those exact words: “We’ve come together to create a community for change.”
The Occupy movement, which is spreading to “communities” everywhere, includes quite an eclectic mix of folk; it’s not just new millennium hippies railing against the Man.
The Man being businesses, banks and the like. The evil corporate machinery that’s crippled the global economy.
Okay, there is some of that, but what really interests me is one of many concepts the movement touts called participatory economics. This means that groups of individuals, these communities if you will, use collective decision making as an economic means to guide the production, consumption and allocation of resources in their given realms.
Please, no socialism wisecracks.
But imagine if you fostered multiple communities at your company that included outside folks interested in your brand, potential applicants, current employees as well as alums, all involved in a variety of “movements” that generated business ideas and top talent to choose from.
What if the Man let community occupy the company?
Please note that I didn’t write run the company. I mean participatory occupation to drive changes that could range from product/service innovations to new market opportunities to channel partnerships to the best talent to — who knows what.
Give the burnt out and disenfranchised, the 99% as they claim, a reason to once again build and share ownership in empire.
Let them occupy.