One+ Columnist Douglas Rushkoff penned a piece for CNN this week on key learnings from the Occupy Wall Street movement. "What does this have to do with my business or my meetings?" you may ask. The details have yet to be realized; your meeting tomorrow won't necessarily be influenced, however, the future of meetings will be.
It is not a protest, but a prototype for a new way of living. The urban survival camps they are setting up around the world are a bit more like showpieces, congresses and "beta" tests of ideas and behaviors the rest of us may soon be implementing in our communities, and in our own ways.
"Beta test of ideas" sounds an awful lot like the exceedingly popular and mainstream TED (and TEDx) events ("ideas worth spreading"). This notion of "beta test of ideas" also rings true as a descriptor for the actions now filtering out of Rushkoff's own Contact event, which occurred in NYC last week.
Before you dismiss the value of those seemingly disorganized masses (albeit sometimes "clumps" is more appropriate) of Occupiers taking residence in parks and downtowns of more than 1,500 cities worldwide, consider the larger messages and lessons we can all take away from their actions. Then start testing in your own domains.
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