Saturday, February 4, 2012

Where is the #occupy movement now?

Today I dared to look at Google Trends of the search term "occupy". See bellow what I found. You can do the search yourself here.

In this post The multitude movement limited by the pace of cultural change and of general understanding of open movements I wrote:
I've always seen the #occupy movement as a manifestation of this multitude constructive revolution, which is much broader, touching almost all aspects of our activity. Most of these affected aspects don't have a clear manifestation on the public scene, they are just lurking beneath the surface, unseen by the untrained eye. We've witnessed surface waves in the past, starting with the End the Fed movement in 2008, which sparked the TeaParty movement, to the so-called Twitter revolution in 2009 in the Republic of Moldova, to the 2009-2010 Green Revolution in Iran, to the Arab Spring, and to the 15-M movement in Spain. Is the #occupy everywhere the last wave able to tip the establishment over? I don't think so. But every one of these waves leaves permanent marks, which will affect the next wave, and the way the establishment will react to it. If we are not at the tipping point yet, it doesn't mean that change will not happen. The transformative forces introduced by the new technology are extremely powerful. Change will eventually happen, but when and how?
There is no doubt that the #occupy wave has left a permanent mark on the Multitude. I think we are more aware now of the power that the new technology conveys to us. #occupy is the first global movement coordinated almost in real time through the Internet.

One thing that will stick with us is this realization (from this post):
We need to learn how to cope with complexity and diversity. Solving the world's problems requires many different worldviews and approaches. Technology takes care of complexity, by hiding it behind a simple interface. In order to be able to cope with diversity it takes a cultural change.  
I've also seen a series of new tools popping up during the movement and getting a lot of attention, ranging from communication and coordination to fully blown collaboration platforms. We are really getting into the age of the collaborative web, the next logical step after web 2.0, also called the social web. This decisive step smells trouble for those in power, because the Multitude is really taking control over the creation and distribution of value. The vision we formulated in 2008 for the new economy will now materialize, with projects like SENSORICA, which is getting more and more attention. Alternative value exchange systems are also on the rise. Our attention is now focused on Cyclos.  

When is the next wave coming? My gut feeling, it's probably towards the end of the summer. The "revolution" search trends seam to have a one year cycle as well, see trends between 2008 and now. Where is it going to start? I don't know... perhaps in the US, because of the coming election, or Russia, possibly China, who knows...

By AllOfUs

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