Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary movements’

  • Taking the revolution inward

    Taking the revolution inward

    January 25th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Aydin Yassemi | 2 Comments

    Any categorization of outside and inside, enemy and friend, good and bad is an illusion of the mind. I remember a quotation by the first prime minister of the transitional government after the 1979 revolution in Iran, who said, “The Shah (king) is not gone, because there is still a little Shah living within each one of us”. His message was that the spirit of monarchy and dictatorship is not gone by the departure or execution of the monarch, but that it could continue in every meeting, every election, every institution, every family and so on.

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  • The learning stance: A conversation with Anthi Theiopoulou

    The learning stance: A conversation with Anthi Theiopoulou

    January 18th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Anthi Theiopoulou | 1 Comment

    Warren: What are the particular qualities of the demonstrations in Syntagma Square that you most appreciate and would love to see deepen and expand?

    Anthi: In my opinion, one of the very important ones is the learning stance. It is crucial because without this quality present, we cannot develop and work with any other quality… and because this movement in Syntagma Square is oriented towards something that still does not exist, this implies that it needs a lot of learning.

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  • The promise of the square: A conversation with Motaz Attalla

    The promise of the square: A conversation with Motaz Attalla

    January 8th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Motaz Attalla | 1 Comment

    Warren: Can you take us back a bit to how you experienced the early days of Tahrir Square?

    Motaz: There was this sense of rediscovering pure community- with all its good and bad. Knowing what it means to receive gifts and give gifts, to receive care and give care between absolute strangers and with a totally open heart. And feeling just a sweetness of courage. And to know that we don’t have to worry about the consequences of stepping out- not because things won’t turn out bad but because there is a lot of support for the act of bravery itself. And to me that’s the glue of society. Feeling like people are for you and you are for people.

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  • Taking the Revolution Forward

    Taking the Revolution Forward

    January 3rd, 2012 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 6 Comments

    Welcome to Organization Unbound’s special themed section, Taking the Revolution Forward.

    Like many people, we were fascinated by the global wave of uprisings and citizens’ movements in 2011. What struck us most was their focus on how people were coming together. Public demonstrations had a generative quality. They expressed not just demands but a kind of rich, unqualified yearning, and people worked, however haltingly, to meet that yearning right in the squares and streets where they stood.

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  • Occupy Oakland strike: Change and the power of nonviolence

    Occupy Oakland strike: Change and the power of nonviolence

    November 6th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Kit Evans | 1 Comment

    There was one particular incident where violence could have been a reality. There were thousands of us standing in front of the Port of Oakland fence. Around 7:40 pm or so an employee of the port tried to drive through the mass of people to get to his job. He was driving slow, but seemed somewhat forceful with his driving. Within seconds […]

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