What do we do now?

Walking down the road with my three and one-year-old girls they are oblivious to this international turmoil. The only winds of change which blow are the chill autumn breezes of this moment. I look at them and wonder how the world will be when they have little children of their own. Very different I presume. Not too hard I hope. I fear for them, for the world at this moment of transition. And I want to look back and say – in all honesty and conviction – we were there at that time of change, we played our part, we did our best.

As regular readers will know I have been blogging about transition, culture change and the economic crisis since Dreaming Aloud started. This time last year, on the verge of Ireland’s economic bailout and General Election, I wrote this…

But what do we do? 

Here, today, on the ground….what do we do? And how do we do it ? Not in our heads, but in actions, right here, right now?And on a national scale. How do we harness the moment, the feeling of the need for change? ” 

“For every protester camped in the freezing dawn” says Paul Mason, Newsnight Economics editor “there may be many more quietly fuming in their living rooms who feel the same way.” 

This is us. We are still there, wondering – what can WE do to be most effective, to make our voices most heard?

What are you doing? Please do share any good resources you have come across on this topic.If you too feel like getting involved, this is where it’s at right now as far as I can see…

Twitter #globalchange 

This looks like the next big event… 


This is a proposal for the general assemblies of the Occupy movement.

Eight years ago, on February 15, 2003, upwards of 15 million people in sixty countries marched together to stop President Bush from invading Iraq … a huge chunk of humanity lived for one day without dead time and glimpsed the power of a united people’s movement. Now we have an opportunity to repeat that performance on an even larger scale.

On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world. Take this idea to your local general assembly and join your comrades in the streets on October 29.

More info: AdBusters.org // OccupyWallSt.org // OccupyWallStreet.com // OccupyTogether.org //TakeTheSquare.net  A great tweeter on the topic is @LupeFiasco
For more on the Occupy Wall Street movement…http://occupywallst.org/

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  1. Karien

    To be honest, my feelings on the matter are a little mixed. I too, like the idea of change, it is hard needed. But what kind of change? There is a lot of injustice in the world that needs addressing. How will we address it though? I feel that at the moment too much blame is put on the financial world, as if only they are responsible. No, all of us, we were there all the way, involved, joining in, profiting, not minding or else. It is very easy to point fingers, much harder to do the right thing. It seems to me a lot of people in this protest have their own agenda. I do not like protest generally, rather than being against something I like to be in favour of something, make plans, be positive. I try to make positive things happen around me and if, for now, that means my circle of influence is not as big as I would like it to be, so be it. Lead by example. Not every day I succeed, but I keep trying.
    I admire your effort, and will keep watching!

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