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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Jitendra Darling
Interviewee: Jeremy Capdevielle
Location: CA United States

Question Answer
1 Describe your interest in being a change agent, i.e. working to create positive change for the greater good. How would you characterize your current activity level? (Choose one) Very active

2 Describe how this compares to the activity level as a change agent that you might desire for yourself. (Choose one) Good where I am and not interested in more opportunities

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. .

4 We are creating a database of projects and initiatives to support the emergence of collaborative work via Connect 2012. Is there something you are engaged with now, or might imagine launching or being a part of, that you would like to share? If so, please briefly describe the nature of this work, including its purpose and intended results. jgjg

5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? jhgj

6 List websites you'd like to share that relate specifically to your projects (including Twitter & Facebook if you wish):
(List each website on a separate line)

7 In addition to being interviewed, are you also interested in conducting interviews as part of the Connect 2012 initiative? Yes

8 ** Return here to answer this question AFTER you've completed your interview. **

Do you have any comments or questions about this interview, Connect 2012 and/or Occupy Cafe?

9 Q1(a): As you reflect on a time when people came together in a powerful way for positive change, choose one that stands out for you. Tell me your story about that time and any part you, your family and/or friends might have played in it [if relevant].

working w/commun in amazon to create fresh water for themselves. Helped facilitate community to really empower themselves, feeling proud of work they did together. People were so empowered and proud of themselves. made me want to go back and support people to have those kinds of empowering feelings.

Family coming together in support for mom. Uncle took off work for 2 wks, came together to talk about the society we're in & waht family means and what responsibilty do we have btwn ourselves and family. How do we carry our responsibilities in a healthy way.

10 Q2: At this time in history, what challenges do you see in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially? What opportunities do you see in the ways that things might be shifting, awakening and/or emerging in response to these challenges?

Overwhelmed way system is interlinked. Mental challenge, trying to step outside what we have created, to see things differently and try to process what's going well-work what what we have. Saw drug deal-that's just where we are. Suspend judgment. Open to other ideas-even capitalism-this is just where they are. We are where we are.

11 Q3 Context: Imagine we’re a few years down the line and people like you have been hugely successful in moving us towards lasting and far-reaching changes that benefit all people and the planet as a whole. Wherever you look, there are dramatic improvements in how leaders behave and how communities interact. As you walk through your city, town or village and talk with others across your country and around the world, you see evidence of positive change spreading everywhere.

Q3(a): Describe the differences you, hear, feel, and experience in your everyday life.

1st thing I think about on a world wide scale-hearing diff. things from diff. countries-understanding and communication betwn mentalities of diff countries. Nothings ever going to be perfect-not la la land-but better understanding of differences-more local,people more open to hearing and connecting with people around. Utopia would be more connection. Foundation of connection—

12 Q3(b): Describe the differences you see, hear, feel and experience in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially.

Politically: translates collaborative and connective powers, organized in a way that guides our decisions-not sm. group that makes decisions -large scale decision making Reconciling of local/national/global-harmonize for good of all.

Economically: What we decide we value as a community. less of a monetary system - trading goods and services between communities for health, food A lot of things we do disconnect us from our environment-system that's not so financial-more local-might connect us more,

Socially: people being able to connect better,; have the ability to be heard and collaborate in their community; voice our needs as a community; connect to other communities to ther communities in world; responsibility to hear needs of other communities to be part of local and broader communities=social justice comes from this place; platforms set up to facilitate community process-where people know they can be effective collaborating. A funnel - from base of many, sharing at the bottom to one collective initiative at top.

Passion of wanting to connect things on a larger scale. Change agent at personal level and community level-grew to passion wanting to facilitate connection/collaboration/empathy.

13 Q3(c): What did people do early on that helped to generate such positive outcomes?

Had a community that was able to decide what was important to them They were diff, more organized-shared ideas and voices heard by women, young people, elders Community meetings-astounded me by their presence at the meetings-issues important to them- huge capacity for buy-in

More able to make time for community meetings (flexible personal schedules to come together so more voices present)

Leaders that have a lot of power and can make decisions, but defers to will and choices of community-trust their community's voice; leader realized that decisions coming from community will be most sustainable and buy-in

14 Q3(d): What role did you play in making this happen?

i facilitated the process via workshops. Made plans for 30 hour long workshop. Worked w/ministry of health.

made assessment for community to participate in project due to their capacity and ability to go through the process of developing a water project

Encouraging and boosting their confidence to do the project

DEveloped the process/rules for the water development campaign.

Keeping in touch with ministry of health and community to guide project.

Learned don't want to do this on my own.

15 Are you interested in developing the infrastructure of Occupy Cafe in support of this initiative or in other respects?

Yes, but not sure how. Will come to Monday design call.

16 Are you interested in collaborating on the production of a short video or a blog post based on your stories and vision?