A team of Denver based Occupiers are conducting a large scale research project to understand Occupy GAs around the country. How many are still going? What are they like? Who attends them? What do they do?
The purpose of the research is to gather information about the practices and developments of Occupy General Assembly’s across the country since September 2011. The goal is to learn how GAs have been used within the Occupy movement; to learn why some GAs continued and others discontinued; to learn what procedures and facilitation techniques worked and did not work; to learn what the demographics of Occupy GAs has been and how marginalized communities have been represented; and to compare the GA methods of different Occupies around the country.
Interviews and surveys with participants in Occupy GAs across the country will be used to gather information about the developments of GAs. Surveys will be used to gather information from a large pool of respondents from each Occupy. A smaller number of interviews will ask for more in depth explanations and stories about the processes and development of each GA.
The results will be published on interoccupy, occupy websites, and other outlets.
What we need from you:
We are looking to get as many people as possible who have participated in Occupy and attended a GA to fill out the survey about how GAs have functioned in that city. We want to get survey responses from people in Occupies that still have GAs and Occupies that do not still have GAs.
Spread the word by: mass emails, inclusion in newsletters, endorsements by GAs, facebooks posts, on Occupy websites, or any other methods. If you would like to distribute printed versions of the survey, contact us and we’ll send a printable version.
Be sure to include this link when spreading the word.
This research project is being conducted by Terese Howard and Christopher Mandel. They have participated in at least 500 combined hours of Occupy Denver GAs since September 2011, and are frequent GA facilitators. Both researchers have done sociological research in academic settings before, but are proudly doing this project independent of any institutional structure.