October 2011

Occupy Wall Street

This video is well made and catches the sentiment of a movement that is spreading. I hope that this is not hijacked by partisan politics and people who put their own agendas before commitment to sharing and to peace.

Occupy London

On Thursday I took my Flip to Occupy London at St Paul’s and did this vid. I’ve heard radio pundits ask what it’s going to achieve. I think that people asking questions and establishing dialogue about what matters is not just a means to bring about change but is itself part of the change we want.

Occupy is significant because it is a spontaneous thing that is happening all over the world. It connects us. The protests before the invasion of Iraq were somewhat similar but those were protests against a particular action of an unjust system; this is a challenge to and a questioning of the whole system of global injustice.

A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. The bottom half of the world adult population owned barely 1% of global wealth.


As someone who has been an educator all my life I know that the most significant part of being an educator is getting learners to question, because without that ability to question and a commitment to doing so there is only acceptance of received knowledge whether that received knowledge is true or not. Occupy is questioning the status quo and from what I saw it’s do that in a very creative way. It will be interesting to observe the developing relationship between this world wide movement and the mainstream media and mainstream politics.

Empowerment or Enlightenment?


I originally saw a longer version of this Miss Representation film trailer on Facebook and posted the following comment: “The message about EMPOWERMENT through challenging media conditioning comes from an American feminist perspective and it is true and is very well made but we also need to think about ENLIGHTENMENT from a Global humanist perspective because creating Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton clones really would not be a win”.


It’s been a long time since I last posted. I am suffering from a creative block at the moment. I’ve not been doing anything despite opportunities to pursue some of the business ideas I said I wanted to pursue.