The Occupy Earth Summit website: http://occupytheearth.net, is developing an international movement focused initially on the creation of a 6 month campaign leading up to The Occupy Earth Summit a global festival and action campaign on June 21st, this coincides with the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit (this will be a 20 year update on the UN environmental campaign). for more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We already have active participation from a number of major environmental groups who have been active within the UN process.
The website has been built with Joomla 1.7 and contains many features.
- Social networking system using JomSocial.com component, full user profiles, different profile types, advanced search features allowing search based on location, interests, ability to volunteer, video and image uploads, ability to find friends with similar interests, etc.
- Geo location - find people, events, occupations near you.
- Website chat system
- User points and gifting systems (can be used within alternative currency systems)
- A job (volunteer) board for inter-occupy use.
- A consensus system.
- Additional functionality: Forum, news feeds, directory.
FLO project development
The primary goal of the campaign is to create the open source systems that will bring a high level of citizen (occupier) participation and transparency to global economic and environmental programs:
This will be accomplished by creating 'Communities of Practice' of professionals and citizens around key issues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rQ3S8EHoA
1 - Catalyst, Green Knowledge Trust, and Open Innovation Center based on concepts from: Coalition of the Willing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwSzDZnNjUk - This will be a symantic wiki
2 - Resource Based Economy including: Global resource management system, and global distribution system from Zeitgeist Moving Forward: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w
3 - Mesh Networks - further development of Freedom Box - http://freenetworkfoundation.org/ Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71RgrxRcVuA
4 - Resilient Community Tool Kit - further development of Open Source Ecology tool sets - http://opensourceecology.org/
5 - Development of Alternative Currency Systems
6 - Creation of a "Progress Index" a deeply extended version of: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/ Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1o3FS0awtk
7 - The Healing Game - a transformative game and life style based on the work of: http://www.lghtsrc.org/
Occupy Earth Summit Workgroup campaign proposal (as of 1/4/12):
Within its first few months the Occupy Wall Street movement has helped to ignite a worldwide transformative movement, for the first time in the history of the world a global non-partisan people’s movement has taken to the streets calling with a united voice for change. At its heart this is a great awakening of the realization that it is possible for the people to reclaim the future.
While the roots of the Occupy Wall Street movement focus on Wall Street - banking and corporate control are global, to achieve the goals of OWS in a lasting and meaningful way we must set our sights on the top of the pyramid.
The Earth Summit Workgroup is proposing the creation of a Global Occupy Celebration - Reclaim the Future. This will be a yearly event taking place on the summer solstice. A global Maker Fare, Earth Day, Burning Man of sorts, a united day of occupation, action, concerts, festivals, and solidarity.
This year the Occupier’s First Summer Solstice Earth Summit on June 21st happens to coincide with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), this will be the 20 year update on the first UN Earth Conference held in 1992. Given the fact the we are currently facing a global ecological catastrophe its easy to feel that a global conference once every 20 years may not be enough. Therefore - Occupy will be holding our Earth Summit every year (perhaps even more frequently).
In fact this year’s Rio+20 conference had to be rescheduled from June 4-6 to the current June 20-22 because the earlier dates conflicted with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration and many world leaders were choosing the Queen over Mother Earth, so the UN moved the date.
Unlike all other previous UN initiatives the Environmental Program has been created for public participation. From the UN website: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=35 :
“From the very beginning of the first Earth Summit in 1992, people realized that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. It would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people - consumers, workers, business persons, farmers, students, teachers, researchers, activists, indigenous communities, and other communities of interest. Agenda 21 formalized nine of these as the overarching categories through which all citizens could participate in the UN activities on achieving sustainable development. These are officially called "Major Groups".”
This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Occupy Movement to occupy the United Nations in a permanent and transformative way. The UN has opened the door for the people of the world to participate in the process, we will join as active agents of change bringing participatory democracy, new economies and environmental healing through open source collaboration and innovation.
Global technology and communications is enabling this possible shift to a much deeper level of citizen participation in the international arena - we expect the United Nations to acknowledge this fact and work with us to help achieve this outcome. The opinions and values of the global population should and must be represented with the understanding that the interests of the people trump those of global banks and corporations. An Occupied United Nations can allow us to Reclaim Our Future.