Strategy Planning Minutes 1-13-12

recap of last meeting
Zach-hopes to choose priorities & attach tactics to them
Michelle-have to put up alternative structures as we tear down the
Susie-need to try to see where we have consensus on our brainstorming
of shared vision, strategies and tactics; she and Zach offered a
handout with their synthesis and organizing of the brainstorming from
last meeting
Oren-suggests everyone read “Strategies for a Living Revolution” which
was the catalyst for this discussion- -he will post on Facebook &
Z–longest term goal is economic equality
Tom-need sustainability & stable climate as basis for all our work
John–next step as he remembered the consensus at the last meeting is
shaping the brainstorm session by grouping ideas together and
attaching strategies and tactics to the shared visions
Will– could pare down brainstorm ideas or could talk about the
brainstorm ideas as they relate to the 5 stages outlined in “Stategies
for a Living Revolution
Many people thought we could do both at once
Oren—we need to remember that we will be repeating ourselves often as
new people join us; this is part of the process; he also wondered if
we even needed to come up with end goals, since this might serve to
limit us as we evolve.
There followed a long discussion in which many people thought we
should have specific goals and shared visions to give us a direction;
Michelle—need to have goals to use as a measuring stick to determine
if our strategies and tactics are building in the right direction
Glenn—the “Strategies” article envisioned council communism, but we
decided at the first meeting to keep our shared vision more broad than
any one political vision so that we can remain inclusive
Cathy—our various shared visions are interdependent; we need to work
on all of them to achieve any of them successfully; we also need to
focus on outreach and organizing to gain the critical number of people
necessary so that our shared visions are not just pipe dreams
Matt—clear definition of goals will give us ability to articulate the
movement and get people on board
There was a long discussion about whether we should define our terms
e.g. what do we mean by economic equality; after some back and forth
we decided to focus in on that question—what is our vision of economic
Do we mean equality in outcome (everyone has the same income and
wealth) or do we mean equality of opportunity?
Matt—we can draw from models created by European socialism; they have
created greater security and greater equality through higher taxes but
many more social services
Tom—must be careful to make sure that we have correct structures in
place as we move toward this model; Zimbabwe cited as a case where old
structures of property were torn down but chaos resulted
Glenn—we could use a teach-in on political/economic theory so that we
are all using same terms and discussing from a common basis; also need
to expand people’s sense of their rights—they need a return to a sense
of having an ability to impact their lives
Chuck—need to develop a non-hierarchical cooperative economics to
replace the competitive model now in place
Peter—much of our economic problems stem from cultural conditioning
that instills wrong values and materialism at early age; need reform
of our whole educational structure
Glenn—we need to totally erase or at least totally redefine the
corporations to create the new economy

Dick—reminder that we are talking about a Revolution; many of our
shared visions can be reached either through a profit approach or a
cooperative approach but the profit approach has failed
Will—added Revolution and End to Capitalism as brainstorming ideas
under Shared Visions

[At one point much of John’s note were mysteriously deleted and Amanda
took over. Some of the above had to be re-created from memory. Sorry
if there is some repetition of thoughts.]

We then got into a more detailed discussion of economics and how to
attach strategies to our vision:

1. Bring the idea of self employment to the forefront. Sustainable
employment = a job+ owning a share of the business. Brings down the
competition of job placement
2. Principles of our “new economic system” solidarity, cooperative,
a. not profit based
b. working together not against each other for gain
c. transparency in business
3. A system that is more conducive to small business – focus more on
small local business
a. reduce corporate control
4. Eliminate large corporations/modern corporations
5. Focus less on individual, more on cooperative economics within the
6. Corporations out of politics!
a. Eliminate corporate personhood
7. Take back the idea of supply and demand. Find out where your money
is going to and bring it local.
a. Rework the basics. Local agriculture
8. Eliminate bank illegalities with the federal reserve.
9. People are all interconnected. Formulate awareness and promote the
strong suits of the individual within the community.
10. Debt forgiveness – international trade agreements and exporting
workers needs to be stopped and those jobs brought back and/or
eliminate their powers
a. limiting power of federal banks, international reserves
b. devaluing the indiginous currency/products/exports pulling the
bottom out and potentially blackmailing them
11. strengthening health care and education through the national level
and help each other to make this equal for everyone.
12. We are fundamentally reliant on the environment. We are not living
sustainably. Sustainable living will be what supports and eliminates
the undermining of everything we will accomplish.
13. Know your enemy. What would the end game of capitalism look like?
What/who are we fighting against and what is their end game. Look
ahead and be one step ahead before we get to that point.
14. We as a collective would benefit about separating political
economy from this conversation. Leading to misunderstanding.
15. Dramatic revolutionary change and redefining/explaining democracy.
Peoples view of how much control you have over your own lives are what
is going to be the hinderance.
16. “The unfinished revolution” Control over the ballot box but not
control over what happens when politicians are in office. People have
the ability to impact your daily/material existence and believe in
that again.
17. What would the shared vision be for what comes next? Keep the next
steps in line for after this is figured out. – create subgroup
18. Bradley – this can be seen as organic – the end result of
capitalism is killing the planet and will be left with no future of
agriculture/economic development
19. Pick the top 3 ideas/strategies for discussion of next week
20. Corporation hierarchies are what is making business and government
intertwining. Get to the root of spreading out the power horizontally-
instead of one person trickle down. Everyone gets a share.

Cathy and Susie—let’s pick three items from our Shared Vision list to
work on at home—create a detailed grouping of strategies and tactics
to go with each as a plan to achieve that goal
1. The group voted on three—Top 3:
a. Eliminate corporations/corporations out of politics
b. rework the basics of economics/cooperative based not profit based/
non competitive community economics
c. Equalization of education and healthcare opportunities

Next meeting on Friday, January 20; 6:30 at MoKaBees
Other possibilities for meeting future meetings:
a. Rowan center? Susie to find out Sunday
b. If it is somewhere where new people will be- pre-brief before the
discussion starts
c. Coffee Cartel? – just as loud/musicky
d. World Community Center? might be too small
e. Mokabees upstairs?
f. Black Bear?
g. Public space wins as a preference over private spaces
h. City Hall rotunda for later meetings

Michelle and Cathy—let’s have some folks show up at at 6 and ask
newcomers to be there then so that they can be brought up to speed

As we progress we need to work on partnering with local groups that
are lining up with the similarities of OSTL

Oren took a few minutes at the end to explain an idea for a new
economy that he is developing; it is web based and based on the idea
that people have points that they give to others who provide a service
to them; the giver would publicly acknowledge his/her gratitude and
give the number of points s/he deems appropriate; the number of points
one has would not be public—the idea is not to encourage the
collection of massive points—but one would have to do good works to
have points to give away; this would be a system in which kindness is
rewarded and service to others is the goal

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