Occupy Strategic Planning Working Group Mission Statement

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Our interim mission is to:


  • Use the expertise of the IOSWG to develop a short list of objectives relative to the NAT GAT 13 agenda.
  • Ask NAT GAT 13 attendees for feedback.
  • Use that Feedback to inform #2.


  • Review as many Occupy-Related Surveys and Studies as possible;
  • Gather concrete political objectives that will help us get to a Vision for a Democratic Future, as described in such documents as the [NatGat 2012 Vision Doc] and other Occupy-related vision statements/documents, etc
  • Prioritize these [concrete objectives] to the best of our ablity
  • Distribute as widely as possible to test whether we've done a good job or not (this may involve surveys and/or tools to work toward as much consensus, as possible
  • Map out a timeline which reflects the various movements working toward the change listed in the List of Objectives.
  • Review/revise, as necessary, til we have a tool that's a useful roadmap


Criteria for Concrete Objectives

We will try to pick objectives that meet these five criteria:

1. Have a specific target and outcome 2. Can be implemented via legislation, amending the constitution, referendum, local rights based ordinances, boycotss/socially responsible consumerism, and/or direct action 3. If implemented they would result in tangible change 4. That target institutions, not individual people 5. Answer the question "HOW can a specific goal be accomplished?"

Individual Action

While legislative change is required, so is [Individual Action]. A roadmap can help people decide which actions to take. But legislative action is not the only action. Individuals can engage in an infinite number of actions to assist in a the progress of am ovement. See ideas and contribute more on the -[Individual Action] page.

The next phase of the strategic planning process will emerge from the results of this gathering concrete objectives phase.

Commentary on FDR's The Second Bill of Rights

In Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, he advocated a second U.S. [Bill of Rights, a U.S. Economic Bill of Rights]. This would be the essence of our economic justice goals. In the [United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights], Eleanor Roosvelt as Chair of United Nations Human Rights Commission led its adoption in 1948 using the U.S. Economic Bill of Rights or Second Bill of Rights advocated by her late husband as the basis. Democratic Underground's article ["FDR's Unfinished 'Second Bill of Rights' - And Why We Need It Now"] for a full political analysis in historical perspective.

[To List of Objectives/Goals]

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Part I: The Tool

1. The current mission of the InterOccupy Strategic Planning Working Group (IOSPWG) is to:
(a.) collect concrete objectives that could be used to implement a Vision for A Democratic Future such as that developed during the first Occupy National Gathering, 2012.http://interoccupy.net/blog/natgat-vision-results/ ; and (b.) to develop criteria that define what a "concrete objective" is (as opposed to ideas or ideals that are "not concrete") and create a process for gathering, prioritizing and circulating those objectives that is as inclusive as possible. 2. Ideas/ideals (that are "not concrete" objectives) will be listed, but not become part of the next phase of the process.
3. The next phase of the strategic planning process that this group will undertake will emerge from the results of this gathering concrete objectives phase.

Notes: I found switching a. and b. to be confusing, ditto for bringing up corporate personhood while trying to lay out a general scenario, so I switched it back. Corporate Personhood will be addressed, we just can't say everything first, and we need to be clear. As for the Vision Doc., this is not the time or place to open that can of worms. As I wrote on the thread, from the perspective of forming objectives, there is no good reason not to use it, and lots of good reasons to just accept and move on. A.

Well, I liked Polar's cut. I found it much more straight forward. There are too many past participles or something. TF