Occupy Wall Street's 'Direct Democracy'

Consensus illuminates the complex, slow-moving, deliberative process by which protesters discuss and make decisions. 

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/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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