Occupy Wall Street's 'Direct Democracy'

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

How can a nonhierarchical society organize itself? Consensus, a short documentary from Meerkat Media Collective, illuminates the complex, slow-moving, but deliberative process by which protesters discuss and make decisions. Organized by the NYC General Assembly, trained facilitators structure group conversations in which anyone can participate, while the audience gives nonverbal feedback in the form of hand gestures. One might think that hundreds of people camping out in a park for weeks would result in chaos, but here the process appears surprisingly methodical.

For more work by Meerkat Media Collective, visit http://meerkatmedia.org/.

Via Short of the Week.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/occupy-wall-streets-direct-democracy/246796/