• Changing The Game / Change Design Lab

    Our mission is to shift the corrupted dynamics that underlie power, politics, and participation in the U.S.

    POWER: To empower civic organizations and social movements to inspire individual participation and cooperative action for sustained influence that rises to balance the influence of established power structures.

    POLITICS: To enable our public servants to work together effectively creating policies and programs that build healthy, resilient and responsible playing fields for our business, social and governance institutions.

    PARTICIPATION: To provide processes, opportunities and pathways for people to engage in purposeful conversations and actions that realize their responsibilities as contributing citizens.

A Strategist for Rebalancing Power

http://blog.prospect.org/article/stephen-lerners-2011 Stephen Lerner’s 2011 Harold Meyerson January 2, 2012 “We must expand from one-day marches and demonstrations to weeks of creative direct action and activities,” wrote Stephen Lerner in New Labor Forum, a quarterly left-labor journal, several weeks before Occupy Wall Street took shape. One way to do that, he continued, “is to build these kinds … Continue reading

InterOccupy is in the News.

Occupations in winter. Protesters nationwide link up through large-scale conference calls and plan what’s next. BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT Local occupations around the country are linking up through frequent, massive conference calls, tightening what is now an extremely loose national network that operates under the Occupy banner into a more focused force. The effort, now known as … Continue reading

Occupy the Message. Republican pollster: “Words can kill Occupy Wall Street”

Frank Luntz is shaping what the 1% will be saying to defuse and re-define the 99% message.  “We can learn a lot from this guy, on how a relentless message machine can deceive a free society and manipulate ordinary people into acting against their own interests.”  J. Connelly. “When Luntz says he is “scared to death,” … Continue reading

Occupy Portland: A video that tells the larger Occupy Movement story so well.

This is a clear and compelling depiction of the core reason for  and the core spirit of the Occupy Movement.  This is really good.  If you have friends that don’t quite get it, share this good video with them.  Enjoy.  Walt   Why Occupy Portland? from Softbox on Vimeo.

Occupy Your Living / Dining Room Anyone? Living-room Conversations program Phase 2 is Launched. Changing the Game was a Co-creator.

Here I’m sharing something very dear to me .  I am a co-creator of the Living Room Conversations described below.  This is a great  piece of work and I’ feeling proud of the team at Changing The Game and everybody else who helped shape and test the process.  The next phase of LRC  has been … Continue reading

David Graeber, Occupy Wall Street’s anarchist roots. The ‘Occupy’ movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles.

Occupy Wall Street’s anarchist roots   The ‘Occupy’ movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles. David Graeber Last Modified: 30 Nov 2011 07:06 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/2011112872835904508.html The ‘Occupy’ movement is ‘a genuine attempt to create the institutions of a new society in the shell of the old’ [AFP] New York, NY – Almost every … Continue reading