Occupy Strategic Planning

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Page for collaborating on a strategic plan to reach the Occupy Vision. contact: info@occupyboston.org

We're developing tools to help us communicate ideas. These tools may include things like roadmaps/timelines, diagrams showing who is doing what, etc etc. Join in the fun. Whatever you think will help us develop and communicate "a plan" to get us to our vision.


TRACK 1. Occupy Strategic Planning Goals VISION DOC - listing out actions we can take toward getting to the goals listed in the vision doc. SEE BELOW ON THIS PAGE FOR THAT TRACK.

TRACK 2. ["THE LIST"] - A list of players influencing how society is changing, and how these orgs can be viewed, and/or categorized. This can help us later to help us influence them and/or do things in response. SEE THIS LINK FOR THE CATEGORIES, so far.

TRACK 3. PATHS - a visual explanation of different paths that people and orgs can take toward "the end". We'll have more on this soon. Talk to Polar...he's storyboarding it. Something about following a small business and the choices that can be made as it grows. Over time, the choices, the criteria for how the choices are made will be something like a video game, maybe even with user determined paths.

Here's the old [Occupy Boston Strategic Planning page], which has some educational resources. We didn't get very far, but this is offered, because we at least made an attempt at a SWOT and pulled together some resource links. BETTER YET, read on...an help with the CURRENT strategic planning work...



1. We're starting with the Original Occupy Vision Doc. Read the background to understand how we built that document. For working purposes, assuming that it's a decent representation of what the people in the movement want. We're taking the listed items, and ADDING below each item, tactics and actions to achieve that item. As we mature as a movement, we will likely change this basic vision doc. But for now, please respect it as a starting point, and modify only the space/entries below each BOLD ITEM.

For each item in the list, add your ideas on what actions/tactics need to be accomplished for us to reach that goal in society. There's also been the suggestion to categorize the items into those that are "concrete goals" that can be acted upon, and those that are more ethereal values/principles.

2. After we get ideas, we will probably start thinking about timelines and who might "do" the work. Allying wiht groups already on that path, for example. We may also choose to categorise items that might work together, decide if they are things that are want to do as individuals, or as a group, and/or decide various other ways of organizing.

3. We may also choose to add new items. Please do this carefully, though, because if we want it to be something that the movement supports, we can't just add new visions willy nilly.

4.One suggestion for organizing may be to take some of the items that we can't legislate. So it's like a "cultural change" section? Things to keep in mind as we evolve section?

5. For those who want some background on [the strategic planning process], in general.


1. Unifying vision. What broad vision can we unite movements on, e.g. Ending the rule of concentrated wealth, Tranform with the Great Turning, End corporate rule, Human needs nt corporate greed etc. See the Original Occupy Vision Doc.

2. Strategic framework. A strategy that can be applied to all the issues raised in the Occupy Vision document. Once we have a shared framework people can develop tactics that work within that framework.

One of our key tasks is to bring people, organizations and issue movements together because with unity we will increase our power and impact; as well as create a mass movement that cannot be ignored.



Illustrative Vision Categories that were derived from the National Gathering Visioning List. For the complete list, see the National Gathering Vision Hub Wiki at http://interoccupy.net/vision.


Please look at each BOLD item below, and add actions that we can take to achieve each.

PLEASE BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE. For example, don't just say "stop greed", but say things like "establish the right to a living wage", or something like that. Somethig "tangible", metrics that we can measure to see if we are actually acheiving something. If it's long term as opposed to short term, make note.

Please feel free to add links to clarify what terms mean. Such as I've added a link to a page explaining "the commons".


Local food production, community gardens, permaculture agriculture - worker self directed organic agriculture coops on the model of Mondragon in Spain - establish more community garden land - offer tax credits to farms that give away food - HIGH TAXES on food production that is NOT ORGANIC

access to real nourishing, non-chemical, non-GMO food

- offer tax credits to ONLY to organic food producers/providers, not chemical-based farmers - HIGH TAXES on food production that is NOT ORGANIC

food supply that is humane and natural

- offer tax credits to ONLY to organic food producers/providers, not chemical-based farmers - HIGH TAXES on food production that is NOT ORGANIC - free school lunches - no junk food in schools - no for-profit packaged food in schools

environmental justice

- establish a strong "commons"/local rights-based ordinances, so communities can say no - amend constitution to declare right to clean water/air - shelter as a right

environmental awareness and respect

- ask schools to teach holistic thinking

healthier diets and lifestyles

affordable healthy food

- require foodstamp agencies to provide foodstamp payment mechanisms to farmers markets

clean water as a right

- amend the constitution to declare that clean air and water is a righ

end hunger

- tax credits to food providers that offer food for free (pay-what-you-can cafes, etc)

connection to earth



all airwaves public

- in the meantime, require all licensed broadcasters to allow free primetime spots to candidates that make it to the ballot.

end to intellectual property, such that there is free and open sharing of information

- have a certain amount of tax (by REVENUE, not profit, which is too easy to cheat) go straight to education, so production drives education. so people aren't threatened into hoarding IP.

free and open communications

- certain amount of the airwaves is public every day, primetime. - certain amount of airwaves is devoted to publicly funded elections

real education, free and equal, democratized

- have a certain amount of tax (by REVENUE, not profit, which is too easy to cheat) go straight to education, so production drives education

universal access to data

- keep requirement for universal access on telephone companies, to make sure low income and remote people can get access.


peace, nonviolence, no war or death machinesno military

- choose a date where no arms will be built in factories. after that date, make it illegal for any guns to exist - end tax deducation for lobbying expenses for military contractors

no need for violent conflict or guns

- build schools in every village

no global us vs them

- declare indigenous rights


friendship, rather than strangership, as the default relationship among people

mutual respect between cultures or trading nations

nonviolent interpersonal and international conflict resolution

world peace


a world where basic needs are met


all cultures respected equally


people feel empowered, free, and unafraid

a strong sense of community

- establish participatory budgeting of tax dollars

safety for everyone from domestic violence and fear

- require people shown to engage in domestic violence, to volunteer in a homeless shelter

all human life valued equally


all decisions considered for seven generations in the future

- amend the constitution to require such - balance sheet policy, require all policies to be accounted for in the liability part of a balance sheet..."social obligation accounting"

more humanity, compassion, kindness, and selflessness

mutually beneficial relationship between humans, the earth, and its inhabitants

acting with consideration for the community, world, and everything else


no money in politics

- amend the constitution to deny corporate personhood - amend the constitution to declare that money is not speech - limit campaign donations to $50 per person and only in-district donations

end two-party system

- join your local Green Party

local community control

- declare local rights-based ordinances (you can organize this today, in your town)

consensus based democracy

- online voting? - popular vote

just and fair legal system

- no profit in prisons

truth in journalism/illegal to lie

- big fines

minorities have power and voice (rule by diversity)

no tax without representation

a fair electoral system

accountable government

- all financials downloadable in Excel format

democratic process that works for all


- amend the constitution so that healthcare is a right - deploy national healthcare system

healthcare emphasizes preventative and alternative measures

free healthcare (accessible and state of the art)

full control of our own bodies, including shared ownership of the means of preventative healthcare

free therapy and emotional/mental healthcare

TAXES: - tax "resource use" NOT income - tax on revenues/expenses, not on profit. too easy to cheat - minimal income: everyone gets a check

ECONOMIC EQUALITY: VIBRANT AND SOUND ECONOMY/PROSPERITY localized economies no corporate personhood fairness and equality for all beings (including ecosystems, resources) banks and corporations required to act responsibly, answering to many, not few radicalized labor unions international corporate accountability fair trade and fair working conditions

FREEDOM: POLITICAL/CULTURAL freedom to live anywhere: no borders, no nations freedom of knowledge and press freedom of religion freedom of expression protected free equal access to opportunity derived from the Visioning Activities at the OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING Philadelphia, PA – July 2012


- Amend the US constitution to deny corporate personhood

List of Organizations and how they relate to the roadmap to achieve the vision.