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Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

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What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"

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  • Oct 7 2011: Do the Wall Street protestors count as an organized community? Like-minded individuals coming together to effect change…unfortunately it wasn't a government sanctioned event and thus many participants in this particular community ended up in the hoose cow!
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      Oct 7 2011: I think so, there is a kernel of organization even though the issues causing them to come together are diverse. Landing in the 'hoose cow' is a guerrilla marketing tactic. It is a beacon to those that fall of this ship as it turns, so they know where to go where they will be welcome. They are trying to develop a system to give the different sub-clicks a voice via the general assembly process. That is why it isn't demand focused at this point, but instead an occupation.
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      Oct 7 2011: This is a great question - without a doubt it is a communal effort to effect change around an issue. But does that make it a community? In a sense it seems to me that communities can organize around an issue, but I also think they have to be fleshed out to be called "a community". I think that it's that power of unity, and the potential to support multiple (potentially unrelated) ideas in time is what makes it a community as such and not just a movement. What are your thoughts?

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